Rail is a large HO home layout influenced by Western
Canadian railroad operations. One of its goals is to collect,
preserve and restore railroad equipment of historical significance.
this year is a special program, Day Out with Thomas
, in which an appropriate replica train makes its appearance
at the layout's historical village.
replica cars, based on the real ones as they appeared at Heritage
Park in Calgary 20 or more years ago, nicely represent the prototype
consist used at the above event and were built by RHJ
Rail some two decades ago. This train shares the single-track
heritage park subdivision with the train which operates there
the rest of the time and automatic procedures enable the swapping
of the two trains when required.
RHJ Rail has had steam locomotives representing
CPR 2023 and 2024 (the real locomotives at Heritage Park) for
many years, those model locomotives were old and not up to today's
standards and have been retired. A new set was built this past
year based on the high quality Like Like Proto 2000 Heritage
series of steam engines produced several years ago.
new this year is an expanded Rocky Mountaineer consist with
three locomotives, five coaches and two full-length domes.
otherwise specified, photo credits: Richard H. Johnson