A fun stop to see more trains

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The Welcome sign entering Alberta, Canada.

On the road rather late this morning.  No real need to be in a hurry.  Only about a half hour until we get to the Canadian border and then just a few hours to reach Calgary where we will be meeting Dan (Dancr) and Rosy (Row-zzzzz). 

We stopped past the border at a welcome center and got a picture of a dinosaur and asked inside about directions and maps. I didn't think my GPS system would even work in Canada so it was nice to get directions.  As it turned out my new Garmin GPS 1300 doesn't  have much north of the border, especially points of interest or the ability to enter places or cities.  My older version, the nuvi350 does has the ability and we finally found a way to enter in the information and it directed us right to their door.

Nanton, Alberta is the small community and home to Ultimate Trains, a garden railway layout for kids and adults.  This isn't a very large town at all and I think we saw about 10% of the 2,000 population that day either on the roads or in the train shop.  This place has trains for all ages, and all scales.  The store section looks to include only about a gazillion items which have nearly made the isles too narrow to pass through.  And those items go from floor to ceiling.  You could tell this store had been around in the same location for many many years, and each year adding to the inventory.

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The Welcome sign entering Alberta,…
The Welcome sign entering Alberta…
A nice day with a few clouds.
A nice day with a few clouds.
And lots of flat lands.
And lots of flat lands.
At the welcome center they had thi…
At the welcome center they had th…
A couple of Canadian Pacific engin…
A couple of Canadian Pacific engi…
Just over a small rise we could se…
Just over a small rise we could s…
Do you see the railroad trestle in…
Do you see the railroad trestle i…
In Nanton, this was one of two pla…
In Nanton, this was one of two pl…
Here was the other.
Here was the other.
The front of the museum.
The front of the museum.
The Garden Railroad.
The Garden Railroad.
They even had a ride on train for …
They even had a ride on train for…
Lots of cars and engines on displa…
Lots of cars and engines on displ…
Outside they had two train layouts…
Outside they had two train layout…
Here is the second one.
Here is the second one.
But this was the control center fo…
But this was the control center f…
Up on the mountain the little cog …
Up on the mountain the little cog…
One more shot of the kids play are…
One more shot of the kids play ar…
And the steep cog rail area.
And the steep cog rail area.
Not a bad admission price.
Not a bad admission price.
Nanton Sights & Attractions review
As the sign reads, "Ultimate Trains"!
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