Planning of specific activities are now underway, and announcements will be made as information becomes available. Expected features are 15 clinics, modelling contest, raffle, layout visits, extensive railfan activities, and the evening banquet.
Rather than set up indoor activities on a nice spring weekend, we are arranging with the Tourist Bureau in Hamilton who have a collection of brochures and activities available, e.g. waterfall tours, malls, charming shopping streets, museums, waterfront activities, etc. We hope to have an introduction on the night of arrival, perhaps a speaker.
Non-rail participants will not be bored. Hamilton’s reputation as the steel city and nothing else does not match the modern reality. Shopping opportunities include nearby Limeidge Mall as well as neighborhood sites on Ottawa Street (famed for fabrics, sewing supplies and now antiques), Westdale, Locke Street and Dundas. Several art galleries are available. Hamilton’s perch on the escarpment has created over 30 waterfalls, many available for exploration.
Many of the best railfan activities can be partnered with nearby activities of interest to non-railfans.
For instance, Bayview Junction has many photo sites that are in public park land including the famed Royal Botanical Gardens. Others include (in parentheses).
- Bayview Junctions (Royal Botanical Gardens)
- High level bridge (The 19th century Dundurn Castle)
- CPR Kinnear Yard (Gage Park, featuring a new palm house)
- Freeman Station (Mapleview Mall)
- Hunter Street GO station, TH&B Museum (Art Gallery of Hamilton, Jackson Square Mall, James North art galleries)
- TH&B #103 (Wentworth Pioneer Village)
- New GO station, rehabilitated CN Station (Lakeside Park)
- Restored Freeman Station (Mapleview Mall)