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Island Rails 2017 – MFMR Convention – will be held May 26th – 28th, 2017 in Summerside, PEI at Slemon Park (formerly CFB Summerside). Everything is within a two minute walk from the hotel. The restaurant and clinic location is right across the street and the public show is two minutes away in the Atlantic Police Academy Gymnasium.
Visit our accommodations page to book you room – http://islandrails.ca/accommodations/
Our online Registration and downloadable form is now live on our website at http://islandrails.ca/registration/
Our Facebook page is set up at https://facebook.com/islandrails2017 and we will use it to post updates as frequently as possible.
Things are slowly coming together at this point but the frequency of update should increase as we get closer to Convention time.
It is just under a week since the wrap up of the 2015 MFMR Convention and on behalf of the organizing committee, we wanted to officially say a huge THANK YOU! to everyone who participated.
Our main sponsors “Maritime Hobbies and Crafts” and “Don’s HO Service” were fantastic. Our Clinicians Pierre Lanctot, Luc Nowlan, Weston Rhodinizer, Tim Hayman and Dave Gunn presented exceptional discussions on a variety of topics. Thanks to Dan Conlin for a wonderful keynote speech at the banquet on the “DAR in Colour”. Thank you to all the groups that set up layouts for the Public Show and also thanks to all the vendors who were present during the day as well, the public had a great time! Thanks to Marc Hemphill and Brady for the work on the Model Contest, the entries were awesome.
Our organizing committee was made up of George Webster, Dave Chiasson, Andrew Reid and Brady Rhodenizer. Also thanks to their partners Anne, Hazel and Tory for all of their help and support. Thanks to Jim Taylor for the wine. A Big thank You to our Benders Layout operating crew on Saturday: Al Gillis, Gary Miller and Dave Howard. Thanks to Wayne MacDonald for helping out at the registration desk on Saturday.
And of course thank you to all the Delegates and Banquet attendees, you made the Convention a success!
If I have missed anyone, I sincerely apologize.. Thank you everyone and see you all next year in Saint John!
We’ve had our challenges arranging a first class convention at reasonable rates in the Halifax area but we’ve done great.
“Ocean Unlimited !” MFMR convention will be held June 1,2,3 2012.
The main venue will be the Halifax Forum Multipurpose Room. This is a great facility with good parking, and oodles of space so any layout configuration is possible. It includes a large glassed-in room which will be excellent for the contests and clinics. For set-up , there is drive in capability by way of a large roll-up door..
The public show will be Saturday only from 9am to 4:30pm Vendors can arrange for sales tables at $20 each. As usual, display tables are no charge. You must bring your own covers for the 6′ by 3′ tables. Set-up is on Friday from noon to 10pm but arrangements can be made to get in as early as 10am if necessary. Let us know if your table needs power.
The banquet will be at King’s College dining hall. This facility has the highest quality food. The meal will feature “Hip of Beef” with roast potatoes & vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. Any special dietary requirements can be handled if mentioned on the registration form.
Recommended accommodation is at the highly-rated Comfort Inn on the Bedford Highway. This is a clean and comfortable facility with free Hi-Speed and Wi-Fi in the rooms. It is located near Mile 7.9 on the Bedford Sub for you railfans..
It is a fairly straight 7 km (10min) drive in to the show venue. In addition, many of the major shopping malls and the Bayers Lake shopping district are easy to get to from there. Rooms are $107 and $114 per night depending on needs.
One great advantage is that the price covers breakfast that includes eggs and sausage. I would suggest booking early due to the pressure on hotels and motels in the Halifax regional municipality at that time of year. Call (902) 443-0303 to make arrangements. Mention the model railroad convention for the reduced rate.
The delegate fee is set at $15 per head. NOTE ! that to get access to the Model/Photo Contest room or to enter a model/photo in the contest you must be a delegate. The same applies to the clinics. We’re trying hard to not go in the hole !
We would love to have lots of representation from the model railroad groups and clubs. As there is no problem with space we can accommodate nearly any layout shape. Let us know your requirements.
Sorry we couldn’t include the particulars in the recent Branchline. A package will follow with registration forms and further details.
Marc 240-8024 (Cell)
Here is a video from the 2011 MFMR Annual Convention held in Lunenburg, NS. It is a great promotional piece for the Federation.
Sunday was a bit more relaxing. Duane gave us a personal tour of the museum, including showing us some of the items that have not been put on display yet. Duane is building a very impression recreation of the railroad on the south shore of Nova Scotia in “S” scale. If you are ever in the area the museum should be a definite stop on your itinerary.
After lunch we stopped in to Chester, Nova Scotia to visit David Miller’s very impressive HO layout. Duane has been helping David with some of the scenery and detail work on this layout. It was impossible to see every detail in the hour or so that we were there. Duane was continually pointing out tiny details that most people would overlook but were very important pieces of the scene. Things like a scratch built circular saw on a sheet of plywood near a building being constructed (plus all the other usual items you would find near a building being constructed, tiny birds “flying” over the tree tops and sitting on things were some of the items. See if you can spot more of these tiny details in the photos (below)
Here are a bunch of unsorted photos from Saturday at the Convention. Please excuse the poor ones. I’ll sort through them and add captions tomorrow on the drive home.
Here are some photos from the Meet & Greet on Friday evening sponsored by Don’s HO in Moncton. Sorry, forgot my camera in the car so only had my phone to “capture the moment”.
I’ll apologize in advance for the pictures of Derwin. It really was a great get together. Great conversation and great food (the chowder was amazing!). I’ll say his expression was due to his early (3:00am) wake-up call to drive Shelley and Ashton to catch a bus to Monteal.