November Open House

November Open House is this Saturday, November 14th, 10am – 4pm.  Brickmania Toyworks, on 18th Ave just west of Central Ave in beautiful Nordeast Minneapolis.

Plans are to have the three biggest ships in the Brickmania fleet be on display Saturday:  The LST 325, the USS Nicholas, and the world famous USS Missouri.  This might be the first time all three have been set up at a single Open House.


The GMLTC is still working on layout #5, it’s getting taller and we’re building the transitions between the taller sections and the shorter sections.  No idea when we’ll start tearing down the rest of layout #4, that probably starts in early 2016.

Come out and see us on Saturday!  And as always, if you bring your LEGO train you can run it on one of our layouts.

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October Open House

Second Saturday is tomorrow, October 10th.  Open House day at Brickmania!

We’ll be there 10am – 4pm, weather forecast is looking really good, we’ll have trains running on both of our layouts and our neighbors the TCLTC will have trains running too.

Admission to Brickmania is $5 per person, or $10 for a family up to four people.

And as always, if you bring your Lego train to one of our events, you can run it on our layout!

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Second Saturday of the month Open Houses

Due to popular demand, the good people at Brickmania have decided to start having Open Houses again.  Same as before, second Saturday of each month, 10am – 4pm.

First one will be August 8th!  The current plan is to have Dan’s new USS Missouri on display in the big room, after it makes a trip to Hartford, CT and Evansville, IN.

Note:  There will be an admission fee for the Open Houses.  Brickmania needs to pay their employees to work on Saturday, and there are costs involved with running each Open House.  (We don’t have information on what the costs will be, stay tuned and we’ll pass on any info we get.)

Those of us in the train room are really looking forward to seeing everyone again.  And bring your guest trains!

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World War Brick Minneapolis

World War Brick Minneapolis is almost upon us.

Brickmania’s very own Lego® convention for military enthusiasts is this weekend, and we’ll have the Train Room open during the public events on Saturday and Sunday. This is an opportunity to see not just our trains in action, but also the many special military-themed creations of many dozens of other hobbyists.

Information on the event, including ticket prices and how to order advance tickets, can be found at Brickmania’s World War Brick Minneapolis website. Note: Weekend passes are more expensive but include all events of the convention. Public Day passes for Saturday or Sunday are cheaper and are what most GMLTC fans may be looking for.

The 12-table version of GMLTC Layout #4 is still going strong and is ready to run guest trains. Layout #5 is slowly growing and is also available to accommodate guest trains. Jesse’s superhero city is still up, and we have a few new surprises.

This might be your last chance to see us for a few months. Hope to see you this weekend!

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Art-a-Whirl is coming

Art-a-Whirl is this weekend!

Friday, May 17: 5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, May 18: 12 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, May 19: 12 pm – 5 pm

Brickmania will be hosting several artists and Pizza Luce will be serving on the premises, all in an area open freely to the public. GMLTC will also have a small shop set up in that area, where we’ll be selling minifigures, train ornaments, and a few old sets.

New this year: Paid admission to the remainder of the Brickmania space will get you access to the new military models and displays, a giant K’nex ball contraption (stretching the length of the big room – even bigger than it was in January), as well as the Train Room. (Friday night’s admission will raise funds for a local food shelf.)

In the Train Room, we will have Steve’s Target Field Platform display and our familiar 12-table GMLTC Train Layout #4 (with trains running), but we also have several new displays up. One leg of the new X-shaped GMLTC Train Layout #5 is partially built and will also be running trains. Jesse has built some classic superhero/comic book-inspired buildings (which may eventually find their way onto another leg of Train Layout #5) and we’ll also be displaying the working miniature GMLTC Train Layout built by Roger and Jesse for a recent building competition at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

As always, guest trains are very welcome! We should have room on both GMLTC Train Layouts to run guest trains this weekend – just ask one of us for assistance.

Our friends at TCLTC may have also been making some sneaky improvements to their train layout in the past few months, so we’re curious to see the changes too.

More information on admission and what’s going on at Brickmania and can be found at

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National Train Day – May 9

National Train Day is this Saturday, May 9!

While we’re not quite ready to open up our Train Room to the public (see us at Art-a-Whirl the following weekend), we will be celebrating National Train Day at a few locations around the Twin Cities.

The small 1950’s era Lego® train layout that we displayed at the Weisman Museum last fall now resides at the Minnesota Transportation Museum/Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN. Roger will be on hand at the Jackson Street Roundhouse this Saturday to run the layout and answer your questions, as part of the MTM’s National Train Day events.

Meanwhile, the newly renovated Union Depot in St. Paul, MN is also hosting special events on National Train Day from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Steve and Jesse will be at Union Depot with custom Lego® train models, including the Blue Line and Northstar Rail trains, Target Field light rail platform, and some other surprises.

Visitors to our National Train Day events will also get first crack at our brand new club business cards, fresh from the printers.

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Upcoming Open Houses

Our friends at Brickmania have posted details about Art-a-Whirl activities in their space:

Your admission fee gains access to the Train Room, where will we have trains running on the 12 remaining tables of Layout #4 and on the 4+ tables of the autumn wing of our new Layout #5. Layout #5 is still a work in progress, but you will be able to see what we’ve accomplished so far and get a sense of where we’re headed.

Can’t make it to Art-a-Whirl? You will be able to see us again during one of the public exhibition days at World War Brick Minneapolis:

We will continue building between Art-a-Whirl and World War Brick, so we expect Layout #5 to be better populated with new buildings and trains (and cows?) by the time doors open in June.

We look forward to seeing you again. It feels like it’s been a long time!

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Layout #5 is underway

On the evening of 26 Feb 2015, we broke ground on the first wing of our new X-shaped train layout. This will be one of the two “low” arms of the new layout, which will feature our new rail yard and will be built to fit an autumn theme. (Since we have four arms on this new layout, we decided to build each leg to focus on a different season of the year.) Over the next few weeks, we hope to fill in the ground, train track ballast and roads on this section of the new layout, then start to populate it with some new buildings and, hopefully, some new trains!

Here are a few pictures from our first few nights of building:

Building! - 26 Feb 2015 Building! - 26 Feb 2015 Building & Planning - 5 Mar 2015

As we start to thaw from Minnesota winter, we also need to finish building the new wooden tables that will occupy the center of the new layout, and then we can start to fill that table in with some bricks as well. If all goes well, we should be able to run a couple of trains on our new layout at our special Art-a-Whirl Open House, as well as continuing to run trains on what’s left of layout #4.

I’m going to try to keep an intermittent photoblog of our progress in my Flickr account (same username), which I will be sharing into the GMLTC Flickr pool (which you should see at right). This will help our club keep a historical archive of our progress, as well as give you a peek at what we’re up to while the doors are closed. Please keep watching this space for updates!

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As some of you may know, our club members usually get together on Thursday nights to work on projects. For the past few months, that has meant sorting, washing, sorting, more sorting, and even more sorting of bricks removed from four tables of Layout 4 back into the club collection.

Over the past few weeks, we have begun modifications to those four tables to accommodate the new layout arrangement.

Tonight, five very special visitors helped us break ground on the first leg of Layout 5, the new X-shaped layout that will eventually replace 14 year old rectangular Layout 4.

More news to come!

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Happy New Year, and big news from the Train Room

First, thanks to all who came out to see us in 2014, at Brickmania, at the Jackson Street Roundhouse, at the Weismann Art Museum, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts – we always enjoy seeing your reactions and talking to you.

January Open Houses!  Yes, the ‘First Thursday’ is New Year’s Day, and yes, we’ll be open.  We might even open a bit early (around 4pm), because why not?  Second Saturday is January 10th, we’ll be open the usual hours:  10am – 4pm.

And, the big, BIG news:  After the January 10th Open House, Brickmania will be stopping Open Houses for several months.  So we will be closed to the public, probably until “World War Brick” in June.  Why?  Well, our friends at Brickmania have some really big plans for the big display room in 2015, and quite frankly having that room open to the public every Saturday and Sunday is keeping those plans from happening.  Since Brickmania pays the lease, and we are there as their guests, when they ask us to do something our answer will always be “When would you like that done?”  They asked us to close, so we’re closing.  BUT, we will use the down time to start work on our brand new train layout, so when you come see us in June (or whenever we are open to the public again), you’ll see some new stuff and have a new place to run your Lego trains.

Stay tuned here, we’ll keep you updated as to what is happening in the train room, and fingers crossed when the weather starts getting nicer in the Spring we might open just our room some Saturday.

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