2019 is presented by the Calgary Model Railway Society (CMRS).
CMRS has about 350 members from Calgary and area who share an interest
in the hobby of Model Railroading, and a desire to showcase the hobby
to the public.
Organized model railroading in Calgary goes back to 1934, when the first
club, Calgary Model Trainmen, was started. CMT continues today, and over
the years has spawned dozens of other groups and clubs. Throughout the
years the various clubs held their own shows and exhibits. In 1994, several
of these clubs decided to work together to put on a major Model Railroad
Show for the public. By sharing the responsibilities and risks, a bigger
and better show could be organized. The Calgary Model Railway Society
evolved from the first show committee.
The first model train show to use the name SUPERTRAIN was held in March
1995 at Mewata Amouries, featuring 28 displays and exhibits. In the following
year, over 7,100 people attended. By 1999, SUPERTRAIN had outgrown Mewata,
and a new venue in the Big Four Building at the Stampede Grounds became
home for the show. By this time, SUPERTRAIN had become an annual event
on Family Day Weekend, and as many as 14,000 people attended over the
two day show.
SUPERTRAIN has become Canada's biggest and best annual train show, and
by 2008 again outgrew the accustomed venue. In 2019, SUPERTRAIN will again
be at the Genesis Centre in NE Calgry.
Over 100 exhibits, displays, and commercial vendors will be featured.
As well, live clinics, demonstrations, and trains to ride on will offer
something for everyone.
Beside organizing and running SUPERTRAIN, CMRS runs a number of other
events for its members. CMRS also contributes to the community by giving
away dozens of train sets to needy youngsters at Christmas through local
charities. At SUPERTRAIN, food contributions from attendees are donated
to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Calgary Model Railway
Society, please see us at our membership desk at SUPERTRAIN, or visit
us on the web at www.calgarymodelrailway.ca