October 24th at the Weisman Art Museum

The GMLTC and our friends of the TCLTC will be at the Weisman Art Museum tonight for an event called “Wanderlust” from 7pm – 10pm:


We will be displaying a new small train layout (that’s still a work in progress!) with some scenes inspired by the photographs of O. Winston Link – and some of those photographs are currently on display at the museum!

It’s a free event, come on out and see the layout, we’d love to see you there.

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Brickmania on WCCO TV

Matt Brickman (yes, that’s his real name!) from WCCO television stopped by Brickmania Tuesday morning, and did this story on Dan and Brickmania, with some nice shots of the train room as well:

Guest Pass: Brickmania

Thanks for stopping by, Matt!  We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reminder, the train room will be open for the Second Saturday on October 11th, 10am – 4pm.  I’m sure we’ll be busy, but that just makes it more fun!

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October, already?

Is it really October, already?  Where did the Summer go?

“First Thursday” is tomorrow, October 2nd.  Many of the Brickmania folks will be on their way to Virginia for an event there this weekend (along with the Peleliu diorama), but the train clubs will be there, now with three different train layouts in various stages of work.  We’re combining our efforts into building a new traveling display for a special event at the Weisman Art Museum, and then will be on display at the Jackson Street Roundhouse.

“Second Saturday” is October 11th.  I believe the Brickmania folks will be back, so it should be an especially busy day with lots to see and do.

As always, bring your Lego train and you can run it on the GMLTC layout!

Also, we’ll have the train room open a few extra days in December, stay tuned and we’ll post the days when we have them all figured out.

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September Open Houses

First Thursday was, well, last week.  This is what happens when I was fighting a cold and not running at anywhere close to 100%.  Word is there was a good crowd, so that’s good!

Second Saturday is the 13th.  Weather forecast is for very nice, it should be a great day to come out to Brickmania.  I’m sure we’ll have the windows and doors wide open, no need for the A/C this weekend.

And as always, bring your LEGO train to one of our Open House events and we’ll pull our trains off the tracks and let you run yours!

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August Open Houses

First Thursday is August 7th, Second Saturday is August 9th. Come on out and enjoy the air conditioned Brickmania space!  And as always, bring your Lego train to one of our Open House events, and we’ll pull our train off the tracks and let you run yours.

We’re still busy sorting the pieces from the first four modules we took apart from the current layout, and making plans for the next layout.  We’ve got a couple other big projects in the works, you’ll see more details when we’re ready to release them.

A special ‘Hello!’ to the folks we met at BrickFair Virginia last weekend.  Hope to see you again next year!

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July Second Saturday

Final update!  Train room will be open tomorrow!

A/C work inside the room is done, they still need to do some work on the roof but we’ll be able to have the layouts set up again.  We’ll be there bright and early tomorrow morning, setting up the layout and hopefully we’ll have everything up and running by 10am.

We’re looking forward to seeing you, and thanks for your patience!

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July Open Houses


First Thursday is July 3rd.  Train room will not be open for visitors on the 3rd.  The mechanical work being done in the room (Air Conditioner system being installed!) will have workers cutting holes in the roof of the room, so the layout needs to stay out of the way.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.  We fully believe that getting the Brickmania space air conditioned will be well worth the wait!

Second Saturday is July 12th, we believe everything will be back to ‘normal’ by then, regular hours, 10am – 4pm.

Special “Thanks” to everyone who visited during “World War Brick“, we met and talked with a bunch of really neat people.  Plans are already in motion for a west coast WWB in Anaheim in February, a few GMLTC people will probably be out there.  February in Southern California?  Sounds great!

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June news

“First Thursday” Open House is this week, June 5th, 5pm – 9pm.

“Second Saturday”, June 14th, will be an especially busy day for the GMLTC!  Some of us will be in Chicago for Brickworld, some of us will be at Brickmania for the Open House (10am – 4pm), and some of us will be at the new Target Field Station for the grand opening of the Green Line light rail!  We’ll have our model of the Target Field Northstar train and platform, Steve’s “Blue Line” (Hiawatha) light rail train, and maybe even a Green Line train as well.  We’re also working on a new holiday ornament with the Green Line livery, we’re packing them up soon and hope to be selling them on the 14th, both at Brickmania and at Target Field Station.  Hope to see you there, or there, or there!

Note for those of you driving to Brickmania:  Central Ave is now closed between 14th and 18th.  MNDOT and the BNSF are replacing the railroad bridge over Central Ave just south of the Thorp Building, they will have the road closed for several months.  If you’re used to driving up Central Ave from Broadway Ave or downtown Minneapolis, you’ll need to detour.  Good alternate routes on the weekend include University Ave, Monroe Street, or Johnson Street.

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May Open Houses, and Art-A-Whirl

I had to get this up early, because the “First Thursday” in May is the 1st!  We’ll be open 5pm – 9pm.

“Second Saturday” is May 10th, we’ll be there 10am – 4pm.  As always, if you bring your Lego train we’ll pull ours off the track and run yours.

We’ve started the demolition / recycling of the four modules that we removed from the layout as we moved into the smaller room.  Where there was once modules, are now empty tables with lots of bricks to be cleaned and sorted.  It’s slow going, but it’s something we need to do before we start building layout #5.


Art-A-Whirl!!  May 16th – 18th!  Nordeast Minneapolis!  One of the largest ‘art crawls’ in the world, and a really great weekend to visit Brickmania.  There will be several artist vendors set up in the big room, pizza by the slice from Pizza Lucé, music, it’s just a really fun weekend.  Official hours are Friday 5pm – 10pm, Saturday noon – 8pm, Sunday noon – 5pm.  (Although things occasionally run later at Brickmania!)  Come on out, check out some of the really neat people creating neat things in the Thorp building and all throughout the neighborhood.

Finally, a reminder that Brickmania is now open every weekend, 10am – 4pm on Saturday, and noon – 4pm on Sunday.  The store will be open, the play area will be available, the big room displays will be displaying.  The smaller train club room may or may not be open to the public (depending on what we have in progress), so if you really want to see us come visit during one of our regularly scheduled open houses.

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April Open Houses

Some big changes around Brickmania the last few weeks!  As mentioned before, both train layouts have been moved into the smaller room to the East of the big room.  Brickmania needs more space for more displays, and for more employees.

We’ve reduced the size of our layout by removing four modules, so we’re down to 25 feet by 12 feet.  Those four modules will be taken apart over the next several weeks, the pieces washed & sorted, and we’ll start work on the next layout.  We’ve been discussing designs and ideas, we’re still up in the air, but that’s the way the GMLTC has pretty much always run!

In other big news, Brickmania is expanding the number of hours they will be open every month.  Starting Saturday, April 12th, they will be open every Saturday 10am – 4pm, and every Sunday noon – 4pm.  The Brickmania displays will be on display, the store will be open for your Brickmania and BrickArms purchases, the play area will be available, and the ‘private party’ space can be booked for your birthday party or other events. 

Note:  With these new extended Brickmania hours, the train club room may or may not be open those extra days.  We will of course be open the First Thursday (5pm – 9pm) and Second Saturday (10am – 4pm) each month, but those other days we can’t guarantee we’ll be on display.

April First Thursday is tomorrow, April 3rd!  Second Saturday is the 12th!  As always, bring your Lego train and you can run it on our layout!

We’re looking forward to Art-A-Whirl in May, too!

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