Arrival of The Canadian

When you have waited so long for something and it is finally happening, it is difficult to believe that it is really happening. We started work on The Canadian in fall 2007. We announced it in 2008 and spent the better part of two years doing the R&D. We started cutting the steel in 2010 and got our first samples in May 2011. Getting the tooling done for The Canadian required Bill and me to spend a combined total of three months in China in 2011, and there were times when both of us thought, “there is no way we can pull this off.”

This weekend the first production sample of The Canadian arrived from China. The kids helped me unpack it.

Once they got the bubble wrap off, it was hard to keep their attention. They just wanted to pop bubbles.

Those of you with keen eyes will have noticed the 1970s VIA Rail Canada carpet in my spare room. My mother refers to it as my spare closet. It’s a very small room sandwiched between the layout room and the hallway. Brockville and East Staging operators will work from this room as there are big windows into the layout (above the kids’ heads). Because it’s still dusty down there from construction, we haven’t put in the furniture yet. I love 1970s VIA carpet. I can’t get enough of it. I had a dream once that I found three more rolls, but with the purple and red pattern instead of the brown and black. Some people dream about winning the lottery. I dream about finding surplus VIA carpet.

But back to The Canadian – here is that really big box:

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