NALUG organized a 40'x13' LEGO train display at the Great Edmonton
Train Show on Sept 20-21, 2003. Over 8000 people attended the
show at the Mayfield Inn Trade Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The unique features of this show included:
|Some highlights we've chosen||Working Bascule bridge|
|City downtown on top of transfer table||Scenic countryside|
|Industrial area||Mine and Hopper Dumper|
|Historic Whyte Avenue||Working transfer table||Miscellaneous Shots||The After-Show Party|
Kevin Maynes coordinated the show this year. He introduced everyone to Digital Command and Control (DCC), and showed us how it can run different LEGO trains on the same track. Kevin also built the first transfer table to appear in a LEGO train layout. This allowed us to transfer rolling stock to and from hidden storage without decoupling.
The layout included many Edmonton and Alberta landmarks. A number of creations were replicas of real-life buildings, including the Peace Hills Trust tower in the city, the Old Strathcona fire hall, the Princess Theatre, and other popular Whyte Avenue buildings.
Kevin's vision for this display was for it to be a "working layout". Without human intervention, coal ore could be transported by LEGO trains from one end of the the layout to a factory at the other end. This required automation with a LEGO RCX. Mindstorms was also used to run the trolley, a glass passenger elevator, and a Bascule bridge. Other mechanical creations included moving pumpjacks and a working marquee on the Princess Theatre.