The Doubleheaders Layout Tour is back!
On Saturday, 25 March 2023, our club’s CP Sudbury Division layout will be open to the public in participation with the annual Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph and area tour, organized by the Doubleheaders Model Railway Club. This is a self-guided tour of a large number of club and private home layouts in the area.
Though there were a couple of virtual Doubleheaders tours held during the pandemic, this will be the first actual, in-person layout tour since 2019.
If you are new to the Doubleheaders tour there are over 30 different layouts you can visit, varying from large club setups to small N-scale pikes, and you can see everything from tinplate trains to scratch-built prototype models. However the layouts are spread over a large area, which makes it difficult to see them all in a day. So you should prepare for a full day of layout touring, and also maybe consider making this an annual, or at least semi-annual event to frequent over the years.
For more details and ticket information please visit the Doubleheaders Model Railway Club web site.
Please note: Though some layouts on the tour are open later, the WRMRC will only be open from 9 am to 5 pm.
The camaraderie among modellers and sharing of information are always the best parts of our hobby. We hope to see you on March 25th.
“the layouts are spread over a large area, which makes it difficult to see them all in a day” and as a person with mobility challenges, I am very curious: you say “there were a couple of virtual Doubleheaders tours held during the pandemic” so will there be any virtual tour made available this year? I would also remind you that the pandemic has not ended.
Dave, this is right from the Doubleheaders’ website: “This will be a live, in person tour only.” So probably not. Please note that no members of our club belong to the Doubleheaders, so it is best to email them directly about their policies and decisions.
Also you are correct that COVID-19 is not gone by a long shot, but it is now endemic within Canada and the US. Likewise the H1N1 virus is very much infecting and in some cases still killing people, even though the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic ended a century ago.
After visiting the Doubleheaders page, I see that “There is no online option this year.” Thank you for your reply, but your statement that COVID-19 “is now endemic within Canada and the U.S.” is inaccurate and unacceptable, and I suggest you keep your anti-mask opinions to yourself!
According to the W.H.O, as of Mar.1,2023, “Globally, over 4.8 million new cases and over 39 000 deaths were reported in the last 28 days (30 January to 26 February 2023), a decrease of 76% and 66%, respectively, compared to the previous 28 days. As of 26 February 2023, over 758 million confirmed cases and over 6.8 million deaths have been reported globally.”
Dave, I suggest you leave your politics and prejudices off of a model railroad page. You obviously don’t know me within the modelling fraternity, or you’d be aware of my science background, and my very pro-mask and vaccination stance. Through the pandemic our club followed all public health guidelines, and our membership was 100% vaccinated.
But COVID-19 is endemic now in Ontario regardless of any official announcement, (if that’s even a thing) and that was by the simple fact that our provincial government revoked all emergency orders as of 01 March 2022. It is up to individuals now to determine their personal risk factors and act accordingly.
After over three years of COVID, I have yet to be (knowingly) ill or infected. My risk factors are quite low at this point. Yours may not be, and I fully respect that. We need to to do what we have to in order to remain healthy. However you should maybe begin to respect others who’s risk is quite low; and if you don’t know someone, stop assuming any anti-science view.
Sorry Ted, you are correct that I fall into the high-risk category so I may a little over-sensitive to deniers. I looked up “endemic”, to be sure, and I get “endemic
Prevalent in or limited to a particular locality, region, or people.Native to or limited to a certain region.Common in or inherent to an enterprise or situation.”
Since COVID-19 is neither local nor regional, nor racial, and remains very much a worldwide pandemic, I am confused about what you think you are saying. The fact that government caved in to ant-mask protests is irrelevant to the fact that new variants are more transmissible than ever and COVID has not magically gone away. Masks offer little protection to the isolated wearer, but others wearing masks and keeping a safe distance does protect me. Pardon me, but I think it is inconsiderate to behave like COVID never happened and put everyone around you at higher risk.
Again, I apologize for communicating publicly, but I am simply replying to your public comments which I find offensive. And perhaps you need to reexamine the design of your group’s comment page, maybe offering an email address for more discreet dialogue.