I was a little worried when he started bringing lumber and plywood into his bedroom and the hammering and sawing began but he promises he won't damage any of his walls so I'm letting him have full creative control of turning half his bedroom into a train station *grin*.
So when I found out Saturday morning that the museum in the city was hosting the North Island Model Railroaders Club I just knew he would love to go as it would provide a wonderful opportunity for him to really study in detail some of the construction that they use to create their scenery and backdrops. Plus it was a great excuse to sneak in a little sleep over at my sister's house again. Nothing like a mini holiday!
The amount of detail that goes into the background scenes and all of the little houses, people, roads and trestle bridges that these fellows constructed and painted was amazing. I must have taken at least 50 pictures for K so that he can go over them later for ideas as he continues to build his set.
It was fun for the younger two as well as they watched the trains lap around and around in front of them. We had a few close calls when my little guy's hand went wayward and tried to play with the little vehicles but thankfully I managed to stop him before he actually touched anything! So much temptation was nearly to much for him. LOL
I don't know how many times the one train went past me before I finally noticed the little red and white MacMillan Bloedel cars. It always makes me so nostalgic to see that logo as we were quite the booming company town in our hay-day.
Oh, those old timers cracked me up! You had to pay careful attention to their displays as every once in a while you'd spot something like this little sign bringing attention the demise of the logging companies here on the island :)
I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it as much as I did but we actually had a really nice time watching the trains and I know my son's head is just bursting with new ideas :)