A fun stop to see more trains
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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.