Rail Recreation - An Evolving Hobby
“It's easy to mock model railway enthusiasts as the dull cousin of train spotters, but the truth is that attics and spare rooms across the nation are filled with small buildings and model engines.”
Model railway interest seems to be transcending generations. It’s shared, collected and coveted. It’s creating a world that challenges creativity but offers pure satisfaction unlike anything else. In most cases, it’s passion is passed into the next generation.
Today’s train enthusiasts might surprise you as they are not a stereo type. You may also be surprised to learn that model railways are also known as one of the fastest growing hobbies, whether it’s indoors or in a garden. The significance of railways and gardens in Canada dates back to when Canada was struggling to connect East with West.
In fact, it was the railroads that brought horticulture to major train stations to prove to arriving immigrants that the land in the West was fertile. Beautiful gardens and parks were created by CPR agents turned horticulturists. “By 1912, these gardens numbered close to 1500 and the CPR was operating greenhouses at every major centre.”
For years, the Rocky Mountain Garden Railroaders having been setting up G-scale model railway displays in the Aspen Crossing greenhouse, capturing the interest of would be hobbyists, showing families that there is something to share together.
According to Rocky Mountain Garden Railroaders President, Jeffrey Burk, “We are open to new members whether they have a train or not. Our prime concern is to have fun and promote the hobby of railroading. Some of our members have track in their garage, some out in the garden, some running around the roof of their basement, and some just like to scratch build buildings. We are a very versatile group and generally have a lot of fun.” (National Model Railway Association)
A Very Distinguishing Hobby
Walt Disney had a love of trains that extended throughout his lifetime, both professionally and privately. The concept of Mickey Mouse was conceived aboard a train!
Would you ever suspect a super rock star such as Rod Stewart to be linked to model railways? Other notable rocker rail fans are Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Roger Daltry. The allure of silver rails has reflected a passion of trains for Ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra; Johnny Cash to Neil Young and many more. Model railroaders are on track when it comes to ribbons of steel!
TRAIN DAYS – The Trainiest Weekend of the Year
For well over a decade now, Aspen Crossing has been hosting a special Father’s Day tribute that has a rail appreciation to our forefathers that helped connect a country.
What to Look Forward to During Train Days
In the greenhouse from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday & Sunday you’ll discover an entire system of G scale model trains by the Rocky Mountain Garden Railroaders.
Drop in for a delicious pancake breakfast in our greenhouse from 9:00 am until noon. Rates are $10 for Adults and $6 for Children. It’s a great way to start your morning.
FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH BUFFET
Treat dad to the 1887 Pullman dining car's Father's Day. Sittings from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, our regular menu starts at 4:00 pm. $22.95, Child pricing based on ages. Reservations are required so call 1-866-440-3500.
CALGARY STAMPEDE SHOWRIDERS
Once again, Aspen Crossing is proud to present the Calgary Stamped Showriders. These young equestrians will be on hand with true western flair for a Stand and Pat session on Saturday, at approximately 2:00 PM.
CHILDREN'S TRAIN RIDE
Located in our parking lot find incredible family activities like our children train ride. Activities will start at around 10:00 am and go until about 4:00 pm.
SHORT ASPEN CROSSING RAILWAY TOURS
1 hour in length train experience on the full size excursion train that hosted THE POLAR EXPRESS TM! Tickets for the 1-hour teaser excursions will be available for purchase at the Station during Train Days, June 16 & 17. Departures will be at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM both days. Adults: $25.00. Children: 25 months – 14 yrs.: $15.00. Children 24 months or under: are free if no seat is required
They’ll be interactive activities and fun for the whole family, so don’t miss the trainiest weekend of the year!