Open House on April 14th and 15th, 2018
Two beautiful Spring days, with a pleasant temperature and a clear blue sky, have made it possible a record attendance during both days celebrating the 30th anniversary of the CR IIm.
Wether on Saturday or Sunday, the scheme has been the same, with a large number of visitors present since the opening at 10am, and a continuous flow of visitors until the closure, at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.
The comments we were able to hear were complimentary; the ones published with every passing hour on our Facebook page were alike.
In our premises our two layouts, the Live Steam Oval and the Swiss Layout (electric), were of course presented.
At the Live Steam Oval, the major innovation was the view of the new main tracks, which were recently replaced, even if these are still mainly unballasted; the new ballast is expected to be laid during this year, in parallel with the new sceneries currently set over nearly a quarter of the layout. The mountain area with its tunnel, the avalanche gallery and the cavern has interested our visitors of all ages.
The operation showed a mixed traffic, mostly with european trains, but also with an american passenger train of the Union Pacific railroad.
On the Swiss Layout, our electric layout built on 3 levels, the trains rolled continuously to offer connections between the 4 stations, fighting against the important elevation by adhesion or using the new rack-and-pinion line linking the stations of Blonay and Lucens. The absence of real live steam was replaced by the sounds coming from several engines... On this layout, the variety of the trains and the relief have impressed the visitors.