Sea to Sky Model Train and Hobby Show

Saturday March 23, 2024 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday March 24, 2024 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Railway Museum of British Columbia
39645 Government Road  Squamish B.C.

Join us for lots of trains and Family fun! 

1-Day or Weekend Show tickets available at the gate. Free Parking.
For best price, buy tickets online before the show! 

     1-Day Train Show Admission

             Online        At the Gate

Adult:  $15.00            $18.00
Senior: $12.00           $15.00
Youth:  $8.00             $11.00
Family: $36.00           $39.00
Child:  FREE                 FREE 

Weekend 2-Day Pass Admission

            Online        At the Gate

Adult:  $22.00          $25.00
Senior: $18.00         $21.00
Youth:  $12.00         $15.00
Family: $50.00        $53.00
Child:   FREE               FREE 

Image of Railway Museum of BC Entrance sign and speeder

Welcome modelers, train buffs, hobbyists and families!

Staff and volunteers have organized a full weekend train show event for model railroaders, hobbyists and families to enjoy in our CN Roundhouse and Car Shop exhibit spaces. You’ll be surrounded by trains of all sizes, including our famous Royal Hudson #2860 and other historic steam locomotives, cabooses and luxury passenger cars.

O scale model of Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson #2860 steam locomotive

Join us for a fun weekend of trains to see and trains to ride!

New and used model trains, model railway equipment, hobby tools and supplies.

Toys, diecast models, plastic model kits, RC cars & trucks for sale. 

Lots of hands-on activities for children of all ages.

Model Railway Layout Displays and activities in the large Roundhouse and Car Shop facilities. 

SUNDAY Special RC Events! Remote Control (RC) Time Trial Racing heats on Racing Track and Hill Climb course! Test your skills with Club vehicles, or bring  your own RC vehicles to try on our tracks!

  • Operate toy and model trains, with sounds and animation, try a train switching layout puzzle 

  • Operating Layouts in N, HO, O, G scale

  • Harry Potter village and trains 

  • Plastic Model Kit vehicle building displays. 

  • Wooden Thomas train tables, Battery Thomas train tables.

Welcome Little Obie!

CN’s safety train. 

Free rides for families and kids all weekend.

Bonus Weekend Activities!

Saturday Only! Woss Speeder Ride.

Continuous Departures during the day starting 11:30 am 

Tickets $5

All Weekend! Mini Rail Ride.

Continuous departures on demand all day.

Tickets $3

The Woss Logging Railway Crew Speeder was used since the 1950’s on Vancouver Island for moving crews along the logging railway. Grab a hard hat and climb aboard for an authentic rough logging railway crew experience during this  short ride to our museum restoration and engine shops. 

Sunday Only! BC-21 Budd Car Ride.

Departures at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm

Tickets $10

Board our Budd RDC-1 Rail Diesel Car for a ride north through Squamish on the BC Rail main line, then over to our museum repair shops.

Budd car tickets available online when you buy your show ticket during check-out, or on site.

Sunday Only! Behind the scenes Guided Tour.

FREE. Meet up on site.

PACIFIC GREAT EASTERN 561

Get a special look at areas and artifacts in the Museum not normally available to the Public. Tours hosted by our Manager and Curator.

Tours at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm. Meet at PGE #2 Steam Engine in the Car Shop.

2024 Exhibitors & Vendors

Canadian Toy Train Association (CTTA) – large 5-track Modular Layout featuring O gauge, Standard Gauge and S Gauge trains and operating controls for the children to run the Thomas train. 

Canadian Toy Train Association (CTTA) – Operating layout with ‘hands on’ operation of O Gauge Thomas & Friends. Switching exercise layout, Harry Potter & Hogwarts Village exhibit.

Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club – Huge G scale layout with large steam and diesel powered freight and passenger trains, featuring live steam.

The Pacific Great Eastern – British Columbia Modelers Group. N, HO and O Scale display features highly detailed custom built scale model trains.

RC Pit Stop – RC Racetrack and Hill Climb Crawler Track for kids to run Remote Control vehicles. 

West Coast Scale Trail RC group will have a 12′ x 12′ crawler hill climb track for you to run your own RC vehicles. Or use one of the Club vehicles to test your skills.

Miniature Club of BC will showcase ‘doll house style’ custom designed houses, interiors and miniature accessories.

MSM RC & Hobby – Display of RC Cars & Trucks, maintenance demonstrations and Hot Wheels display.

Victoria Model Railway Club – Large HO scale layout.

Automotive Model Builders – Collectors of Greater Vancouver – Model vehicles display and building demonstration.

Backshop About Trains – Dave Emmington HO Trains and accessories.

Brian Peters – N scale layout. 

Pacific Scale Rail – Canadian Prototype Models.

National Model Railway Association (NMRA) – Pacific Northwest Region – 7th Division

British Columbia Society of Model Engineers (BCSME)

Kelly’s Kaboose – Model trains of all scales and hobby supplies.

TraiNgang – N scale Club with modular layout display.

Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society.

Quality Trains.

Alfred Gutmann – Vendor.

John Cartwright – Vendor.

Squamish Men’s Shed. 

Getting here & back

Plan your visit

It is under an hour drive from Vancouver to Squamish in normal driving conditions.

Plan for a minimum of 2 – 3 hours to take in all the attractions, ride the mini rail, Budd car and Woss Logging Speeder and enjoy all the model railroad displays and Train Show sales. 

A Food Truck will be on site for hot meals. Snacks are available. Feel free to bring your own food & non-alchoholic drinks.

Weather can be variable so clothing options are recommended.

Parking is FREE, located across the road, a short walk from the Museum. We have a very limited number of ‘accessible’ parking spaces available closer for those with mobility difficulties.

Enjoy the drive - and the view!

Plan to leave early to enjoy a relaxing drive and amazing views on the Sea-to-Sky highway. You may wish to visit the parks and attractions along the way.

Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club

RC Pit Stop

Canadian Toy Train Association

Victoria Model Railway Club

Vendors and Exhibitors

2024 Show Information

Exhibitor Application

View and download the Exhibitor Application form for this Spring’s Model Train and Hobby Show! 

Vendor Application

View and download the Vendor Application form for this Spring’s Model Train and Hobby Show! 


Exhibitor Show Information

Everything you need to know about this Spring’s Model Train and Hobby Show! Frequently asked questions. Facility, parking, pricing and set up information. 


Vendor Show Information

Everything you need to know about this Spring’s Model Train and Hobby Show! Frequently asked questions. Facility, parking, pricing and set up information.

2024 Show Poster

2023 Train show floor map and exhibitor index

Detailed floor maps and index of the Exhibitor and Vendor displays for the CN Roundhouse and Conference centre and the Car Shop.

Please contact us at trainshow@wcra.org for any information, registration enquiries, or if you have questions or feedback! 

Oct 16, 2022: Exhibitors, Staff and Volunteers wish to THANK YOU for joining us and making our first ever train show a great success!

Jan 14, 2023: The Volunteers and Staff of the Railway Museum of BC, on behalf of the West Coast Railway Association, are pleased to welcome you to participate in the second Sea to Sky Model Train and Hobby Show! We are looking for model train layouts, model railway exhibits, railroad memorabilia,  and other vendors of railway, model train and hobby related merchandise. 

WHY THE RAILWAY MUSEUM OF BRITISH COLUMBIA IN SQUAMISH?

The RMBC offers additional attractions: our mini rail train rides around the museum site, the Royal Hudson on display in the roundhouse, a rail car open for display with model railway displays and an operating layout.

The RMBC has been building a strong social media following and an e-mail list of families interested in activities at the museum. When we announce events, like our North Pole Express train rides, Thomas the Tank engine days, and Dinner trains, they sell out well ahead of time.

Families are looking for a fun event to attend and we would like to share the model railway hobby with the community. RMBC expects that through our advertising we will have good attendance at the show. Our open days on summer Saturdays are always busy.

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