By David F. Rooney Family Day at the Revelstoke Railway Museum was a huge success, with hundreds of people popping by to see the exhibits, watch videos about the CPR and railroading and take the controls in the locomotive simulator on Saturday, August 15. Jennifer Dunkerson was very pleased with community participation in the event and smilingly paid homage to the weather. Cool and wet, the weather encouraged people — especially those with children — to visit the institution. Here are a few photos from Family Day that I hope you’ll enjoy: Alex and Ava Follick of Regina, Saskatchewan, enjoyed the Lego put out for kids during Family Day at the Railway Museum on Saturday, August 15. David F. Rooney photo Melinda Jones and Tiffany Beerling shat with Warren Watson who spent the day talking about railway safety with them and other interested passersby at the Railway Museum. David F. Rooney photo Visitors to the museum explored every nook and cranny, including the cab of the magnificent Mikado 5468 steam locomotive. David F. Rooney photo Despite the cool, on-again/off-again rain, visitors enjoyed strolling among the museum’s many pieces of rolling stock. David F. Rooney photo The Revelstoke Model Railroad Society has invested thousands of hours in their large table-top model on the museum’s second floor. The diorama features hand-made buildings and geographical features such as this model of the long-gone Illecillewaet Power Station that for decades dammed the Illecillewaet River least town. This model, as well as some others that have been incorporated into the display, was made for the society by Patrick Lawes of Victoria. David F. Rooney photo Society member Doug Mayer fiddle with one of the scale model workers that form part of the diorama. Do you recognize this section? It’s Glacier Station near the summit of Rogers Pass. David F. Rooney photo Doug watches a train emerging from the diorama’s Connaught Tunnel, which was also one of Patrick Lawes’ creations. David F. Rooney photo Here’s a model of a long-vanished piece local architecture — the Ice House. David F. Rooney photo This couple was fascinated by a video that featured Ernie Ottweil talking about the railway. David F. Rooney photo The highly popular railroad simulator drew a line of people young and old who wanted to sit behind the simulated engine’s controls. David F. Rooney photo
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