Once you start reminiscing, one thing invariably leads to another. Case in point: in our Dec. 19th post on the Woodchip Train 25th Anniversary, the caption for CN 9526 north refers to the construction of the unit "in conjunction with our mutual friend, Bob Hannah." That started us thinking about the other units in Bob's roster, and about how Bob, George, and I originally met circa 1980....and this is where the Thames Valley Central Modular Railroad Club comes in to the picture.
The TVC was a London, Ontario area club which periodically showcased its modular set-up in local shopping malls. The large oval display consisted of club-owned corner sections and member-owned side units. The length of the display depended on how many members were able to participate in any particular show. In addition, regular meetings at members' homes featured discussions, movies, and clinics. The TVC still exists today, albeit in a much different form. No longer modular in form, the group now displays a fixed-form portable layout, and has regular meetings in its Thorndale, Ontario clubhouse.
|Doesn't every kid wish at some point to be a locomotive engineer? On this fine fall day, Bob Hannah got to live out at least a small part of this fantasy. Now, why do you suppose he chose to eventually build a model of CN 4507? Peter Mumby photo|
|Here is an over all view of the Rectory St. facility. All of this railway infrastructure has now disappeared. In its place today stands a large indoor soccer structure. Peter Mumby photo|
|Here we have a meet at the WRD diamond between engines built by Bob Hannah. George Dutka photo.|
The models featured in the following photos appear on George's WRD layout of today, although they were built more than thirty years ago. The Thames Valley members were photographed at CN's Rectory St. shop area in October, 1982.