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This page includes postings from June 2010 to date.
See: Pre Move for postings from before the move
or Early 2010 for postings from the move to the end of June 2010
or Mid 2010 to end 2012 for postings from the end of June 2010 to the end of 2012.

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November 12, 2014
Trains 2014 has passed. The committee are to be congratulated on another successful event.

The Trains committee have noted that the event was suffering trying to satisfy three different aims: The 7th Division Fall Meet, a Public show and a swap meet. This year they concentrated on the first two objectives and de emphasised the third. The result was a well laid out hall with great access for the increased public numbers who showed up this year. As well as the usual activities several new events were provided for the show registrants.

The complaints of the swap meet crowd may be addressed by having a smaller swap-meet only event at another time of the year. We will see what they come up with next year.
Kathy is back to work today on light duty.
October 2, 2014
The Spring 2015 show schedule is now set. Western Rails in March, SuperTrain and Nanaimo in April and Victoria in May. Going to be a busy three months.

With the Victoria show moving to May due to facility availability issues, that leaves September free for an Interior meet.

We expect the Fall line up to be Edmonton in Mid to late September, Chilliwack Lions the weekend after Thanksgiving. As for Trains 2015, with Remembrance Day being mid-week, Trains 2015 has the choice of the weekend before or the weekend after Remembrance Day. I wonder which day does not conflict with the Boeing show?
Sept 30, 2014
Nov 18, 1950 - Sept 30, 2014. - We are very sad to announce that Dave Hanas passed away at supper time today.

His well attended Mass was Friday, October 10th, 2014 at Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church in New Westminster.
August 2, 2014
 Rod Stewart and Kathy
Every now and then a Celebrity comes to our store - Rod Stewart and Kathy.
June 4, 2014
The 2014 Inventory was Saturday evening (March 301st). It was a successfully evening. Our thanks to all those who helped us. In no particular order our helpers were: Chris, Geoff, Colin, Gordy, Greg (I), Al, Frenando, Jay San, Ed, Greg (II), Neil, Tom, Steve, Tony, Phil, Al, Marg, Graham, Andrew, Terry, Glenn, Rob, Peter, Kathy, Fred, Paul, Tom and Francina.
Thank you everyone who helped. We hope to see you again next year.
May 2, 2014
Happy Birthday The 26th Birthday of Central Hobbies passed without fanfare.
April 24, 2014
The sidewalk work is finished.
April 16, 2014
It its infinite wisdom the city has decided it is time to dig up sections of the side walk in front of our building. There are two rough patches where the original finished sidewalk was dug up for water main access. These patches are now being replaced with new smooth sidewalk. We hope they will be finished in a day or two.
January 24, 2014
It is hard to believe that we moved into this location four years ago today.
December13, 2013
We now have city installed bike racks in front of the store. bike rack
December11, 2013
The front window has been done up in a Christmas theme. Store Front

and the display layout now has a Christmas Village: display layout
September 25, 2013
Al Mitchell July 6, 1954 - September 23, 2013

It is with extreme sadness that I must report that Al Mitchell passed away this past Monday.

His service was Monday the 30th at their church:
Connecting Point, 2606 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC.
August 23, 2013
Last night, Thursday August 22, 20913 Jason Shron from Rapido Trains gave a very enthusiastic presentation about new and upcoming products to a good sized crowd. Over the course of the evening with late arrivals and early departures there were just under 30 people here.

Jason Presenting Jason in full presentation mode.


Pride of place were the pre-Production models of the GMD-1. He had CN, CN Bloody Nose and CNR Green. No NAR though.
CNR GMD-1 Here is an indifferent picture of CNR 1900


Jason had pre production models of N-Scale passenger cars, a Park Car, CNR (green and 60's scheme) FP9 A/B sets, gondolas, and one of the latest run of CP Rail Cabooses. Some of the models were a bit travel worn but still looked good. Despite his grumblings, Jason is an NCE person, the Digitrax DCC performed flawlessly and the two modules set up for his display worked well. The modules had more than enough track in HO and N to display his models on.

News - The Park Car will be the first car of the Canadian set released separately. Other cars will follow in due course. An N-Scale Canadian in not impossible.
Buy your Wide Vision cabooses now. Production costs have gone way up. If he does another run they will be in the $ 100 range.
The gondolas looked great.
Yes there will be a diner for the Super Continental, just not sure when.
Rapido will Not be doing foobie CPR M&G and VIA Rail blue versions of the GMD-1. Remember you didn't hear it here first.
Jason had a preproduction sample of his Bendy Track. Production versions are supposed to be better.

After his presentation and Q & A, a small tipple of Penderyn was supplied to Jason.

All in all it was a great presentation making for a great evening.

We thank Jason for coming to our store to make this presentation and hope he comes back soon.
July 2, 2013
The first annual North Shore Modelers JAM Breakfast (John Allen memorial Breakfast) at de dutch 3rd street, North Vancouver went well. A small crew gathered for a breakfast that included strawberry jam. July 2 would have been John Allens 100th birthday. This may become an annual local event sponsored by the North Shore Modellers.
June 4, 2013
Inventory 2013 has passed. It was a long night but thanks to all the people who came to help we were finished early.
Our thanks to all those who came and helped. In no particular order: Heath, Greg-1, Colin, Rob, Tom, Neil, Gordy, Greg-2, Ed, Geoff, John, Andrew, Phil, Robert, Greg-3, Frenando, Graham, Tony, Al, Rob-2, Chris, Dick, Marc and Marg. And the store staff of course.
Now to total hundreds of sheets of numbers.
May 5, 2013
May 2nd, the 25th Anniversary of Central Hobbies passed without much note. We did receive a nice card from a customer.

Not sure if we are going to do something special for our 25th. If we do expect an announcement Thursday evening.
April 25, 2013
Well, after Four Shows in 36 days, near 3000 Km of travel and two ferry rides, the Spring 2013 Show season is OVER!
We had one OK show, a good show, a great show and a Fantastic show.
It has been a very tiring few weeks but was well worth it.

Now to rest up for Inventory at the end of May.
April 16, 2013
The second event in the three week marthon of shows is over.
Nanaimo was a Great Show! Once again Ken Rutherford and his helpers put on a great Event. It was a very long day but we had a good time.
Next year will be their 30th Annual show. We look forward to being there.

One last show this weekend - Supertrain in Calgary, and then the Spring show season will be over.
April 9, 2013
The first show is done. Kamloops had a nice show.
The next show is in Nanaimo this coming weekend (14th).

For those of you who haven't heard yet, there will be a Trains 2013 in November. A new committee has been formed to take over running the event. Exhibitors, Layouts and Vendors who attended the last few years will be contacted in due course.
April 2, 2013
If you look at our home page you will see that April is "SHOW" month with three shows out of town in a sixteen day period. I expect a bit more than the usual amount of chaos in the store, especially the week of the 15 to 19. We Will survive this.
January 24, 2013
The anniversary of the store move in 2010 passed without incident.
January 18, 2013
We have just learned today that Glenn Lawrence passed away last month. Details as we find them.
January 9, 2013
City Parking Enforcement has been spotted in the area. There is two hour street parking. Remember we have parking along the West end of the store and a few spots behind the store. You can use parking stalls 1 through 20.
January 2, 2013
A New has arrived safely. I hope all our customers and friends; present, past and future, had a good Christmas and a safe New Year. We hope 2013 will be good for everyone.
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