Thanks for coming to Vancouver Train Expo 2016

Thanks so much for coming out the Vancouver Train Expo 2016 at the PNE Forums.  It was an overwhelming success with 4900 people attending over the Saturday and Sunday.

Just in case you missed it, here are a few photos taken by VLC President, Allan.  A Flickr gallery with more photos will be posted soon.  And updated here.

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BrickCan 2017 convention open for registration – April 20-23, 2017

Given that I’ve finally got off my butt and registered, I can safely announce this knowing that I won’t be missing out on the fun in April as the attendance will be capped.  🙂

Please note that this announcement is for the four day Adult Builders conference side of the event.  That is, you intend to build and display your MOC’s for the public exhibition.

Most people reading this will be interested in purchasing tickets for a time slot during the two day Saturday or Sunday public exhibition.  Those tickets will be made available for purchase around January 2017.


Returning for its second year in 2017, BrickCan is the largest Public Exhibition of incredible LEGO® creations ever held in British Columbia – And it all happens again this coming April 22-23, 2017! BrickCan also hosts Canada’s largest Adult LEGO® Fan Convention.

BrickCan is a four day event, taking place at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, created and produced by local Adult Fans of LEGO, or “AFOLs” for short. Hundreds of LEGO Builders from across North America and around the world will travel to Vancouver, bringing with them amazing models that they have spent countless hours designing and building. Together, all these AFOLs will set up and stage their creations, showcasing a fantastic temporary display of hundreds of incredible models for everyone to marvel at, including the general public. If you would like to attend the full convention as an AFOL, please visit the Adult LEGO Fan Convention page.

The full Fan convention takes place over four days starting Thursday, April 20, 2017, with the final two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017, open to the public to enjoy. We invite everyone to come to the River Rock, walk through the displays, meet some of the builders, and have some LEGO fun! Tickets for various sessions on the two exhibition days will be made available in early 2017!

BrickCan is about old friends, new friends and coming together over our common interest in LEGO. We bring our builds to share with our peers and to display them for the public. We hope to foster friendships and community through our enjoyment of LEGO.

Early Registration is $75 CAD and runs through January 20, 2017.



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Game of Thrones: The Wall – Beyond the Brick video

Making it’s debut at BrickCan 2016, The Game of Thrones: The Wall, made another appearance at BrickCon 2016 for those who hadn’t ventured into the Great White North.  Joshua Hanlon of Beyond the Brick interviewed one of the creator/builders, David Gagnon, a member of the VLC.

The fellow VLC builders were Keith Reed and Dave Guedes.

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VLC at Vancouver Train Expo 2016 – Nov 5&6 – PNE Forums


Are you a train enthusiast? If you aren’t, chances are you know someone who is.

Welcome to Metro Vancouver’s biggest train show ever! It’s held in Greater Vancouver (BC) at the Pacific National Exhibition’s Forum Building November 5th and 6th 2016. This annual show, in its 34th year, serves as an exhibition of the great hobby of model railroading, bringing together those with experience and those who are just becoming interested.

The venue for the Vancouver Train Expo is the Pacific National Exhibition Forum building located at 2901 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC. The facility permits all activities to be on the main floor with 44,000 square feet.

For more info:


From VLC’s 2015 Train layout.

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Vault 604 at BrickCon 2016

Okay. So I’m way behind in posting to the VLC front page, since BrickCan 2016 has long come and gone. We’ve participated at the 30th Anniversary of Expo 86 at Science World, Vancouver’s Mini-Maker Faire at the PNE Forums, a few of us were at LEGO’s Imagine Nation Tour and then most recently at BrickCon 2016 in Seattle. Whew… that’s glossing over a lot and missed a few smaller things, but I’ll try to make separate mini posts for them and backdate so it chronologically makes sense.

So back at BrickCan 2016 in April, one of our members Keith, came up with an idea of a RLUG collaborative build. Using the popular Fallout Shelter app, which he also hopelessly addicted many of our members to in “research” for this project. He described it as kind of an ant hill, where everyone, no matter the size of their collection could contribute a room. And it worked well in that many newer VLC members built for it. Another suggestion was made to light it up internally, as we couldn’t tell where the room lighting would be facing and we wanted people to notice all the details. Another suggestion was made to recreate an elevator… and suddenly it was taking a life of it’s own.

So BrickCon 2016 is rolling around and Keith figures to open it up to neighbouring LUGs, like MILUG members who are coming to BrickCan to also build for it. So Jason whips up a new distributable sheet for the Vault 604 Fallout Shelter standards, so everyone could get on board. And they did.

VLC member Kyler has provided video of the layout.

The group won “Best Picture” in the Screen Scenes category.

So if you’re coming to BrickCan 2017, take a look at the Vault 604 Standard and build something to add on. Let’s make it even bigger and even better. Please note that the lighting standard will probably change, as IKEA has discontinued this brand of LED lights.

UPDATED: For more info:

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BrickCan 2017 – Fallout Shelter Collaborative Build

UPDATED: For newer info,

Are you planning on attending BrickCan April 20 – 23 2017? This year the VLC is opening up our collaborative build of the Fallout Shelter to all Registered Con Attendees wishing to participate. (sorry, but this is not open to the general public)

Below are the guidelines required so your incredibly creative room can be included in this collaborative display at BrickCan.

Rooms will need to be registered for the following reasons:

  • Best room will be voted on
  • We want to avoid too many of the same room
  • We need to roughly know how many rooms to expect so we can plan accordingly


 – sample of an empty room that meets the basic requirements.

Background: This collaborative build draws its inspiration from the Fallout mini game designed for mobile devices called “Fallout Shelter”. You do not need to play the game to contribute to this build, but it will provide further insight to the nature of it. If you have any questions regarding the standard please contact:

  • Jason: jasonvoni <at> gmail <dot> com
  • Kyler: kylerstorm <at> gmail <dot> com
  • Keith: keithjessica.reed <at> gmail <dot> com

Guidelines to adhere to when building any room. (Rooms that do not conform to the standard may not be included.)

  • All rooms are 16 studs deep. If you choose to make a shallower room, make sure your floor plate and your top can support and be supported by rooms with a depth of 16 studs.
  • Room widths are in 16 stud increments. Minimum 16 studs, Maximum 48 Studs. Therefore room widths are: Small – 16, Medium – 32 and Large – 48. (Exception only for elevators – 8 studs and “dirt filler” – 8 studs)
  • Room height is EXACTLY 10 bricks. This includes the floor plate all the way to the top tiles.
  • The top of the room will have few studs so rooms lock together however they must be easy to remove after the show (Think Modular Buildings). Tiles on the top of your room are required to properly support the weight of the structure.
    1. It would be helpful if rooms that are wider than 16 studs contain additional supports to support rooms above. (See Blue 1×2 plates in samples below, be creative with the supports.)
  • Rooms will have a 1x4x6 door frame on either adjoining wall, 2 studs back from the front.
  • On all four lower corners facing the adjacent rooms 1×2 technic bricks with single hole will be included for securing the structure.
  • Lighting will be installed using IKEA Dioder white light bars, available from IKEA in packs with 4 bars included (MSRP $24.99 CAD). Each bar is around 32 studs long and a single set can light 128 studs of rooms.
    1. Lights will be installed at studs 5 and 6 from the back and a hole 2 plates deep must be left in this location and the third plate level down must be tile so the studs to not obstruct the hole.
    2. If absolutely necessary the hole can be 1 brick deep and studs may be present in a hole that deep.
    3. Play with the lighting in your room. While it will be in a standard location, there are many tricks you can use to alter it. Using a 2×8 technic plate with holes in it creating a “spotlight” effect. Adding colored 1×1 transparent round plates can add a color shading effect.
    4. If you have a set of these lights, please label them and bring them.
  • Ceiling fixtures can be included. You may present your room with a top plate to show where the fixtures belong. The top plate will be removed and the fixtures will be attached to the room above. Be sure they don’t obstruct the lighting.

Outside of these guidelines, get creative, there are no color restrictions. We encourage rooms to either hold as incredibly close to the game as possible or to have a certain level of outlandishness. Remember, the time frame that this falls into is around the year 2150, and the world has ended as we know it!

We will consider having some corner rooms (facing 2 sides). If you’d like to make a corner room please submit a request to the email contacts listed at the top of this sheet.

Happy building fellow Overseer!

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I hope you’ve already got your tickets to BrickCan 2016

I hope that you’ve all got your tickets to BrickCan 2016 because I’ve just been informed that the public exhibition tickets are all sold out now.   We look forward to having you see the wide range of MOCs (My Own Creations) that the VLC, as well as all the convention attendees will be bringing to show.

Just to clarify some confusion that we’re hearing from the general public.  There are two things that are going on here.   The first is an adult fans of LEGO convention which is geared toward the builders, this is a four day event which encompasses the Thursday to Sunday.   The second is the public exhibition which is  on the weekend and is open to the general public and that which most of you have purchased tickets to attend in a two hour pre-chosen time slot.

Unfortunately, due to fire hazard constraints the venue will only allow a certain amount of people into the exhibition hall at a time.   It was decided that a two hour time will allow people to see most of the displays.   The hall will be cleared and then the next group will be brought in.   The event organizers will be doing their best to pre-clear everyone in advance of the announced time slot, so you’re not waiting to get in and getting the most value out of your time slot.  So please come in advance of your time slot, as arriving “on time” will probably cause a bit of delay.

If you don’t have tickets,  they also still looking for volunteers to help out, so please get in touch with the organizers if that is something you would like to do.

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BrickCan 2016 rapidly approaching – April 21st to 24th, 2016

From the BrickCan website:

BrickCan 2016 will be Vancouver’s first ever Adult LEGO Fan Convention. It will also be the largest Public Exhibition of incredible LEGO creations ever held in British Columbia – And it all happens this coming April 21-24, 2016!

BrickCan has been created by AFOLs, for AFOLs.  We have modelled it after our favourite, sister Con – BrickCon – which happens the first weekend in October. Like BrickCon, BrickCAN is a four day event, taking place at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. We anticipate 200+ AFOLs from across North America and around the world. The first two days are AFOLs only, with the final two (weekend) days as display days, and open to the public. We have a very cool theatre-style space, with 10,000 square feet of flat floor display space, and huge overheads. We definitely hope to utilize the unique characteristics of the space, and would love to suspend some cool MOCs way up high.

BrickCan 2016 is rapidly approaching.   Will you be there?  Register today!

Public attendees can purchase their two hour  time slots through Ticketmaster.


Please note:  The VLC are not running BrickCan.  Any questions should be directed to the BrickCan team at



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Thanks for coming out to support Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon at the Festival of Lights 2016


Thank you so much for your support of the Make A Wish BC & Yukon Canada Foundation at this year’s Festival of Lights 2016 at Van Dusen Gardens.  With over 110,000 of you coming out to see the million points of light, you helped to raise $50,000 to be able to fulfill the wish of a child after a life threatening medical condition.

If you were not able to attend please do check out more photos of our amusement park made out of LEGO bricks.  With 9 moving rides, it’s incredible that in the end, after 31 days, only one was not working.  Many correctly noted that the Scary Go Round did run backwards.  This was intentional, as running forwards made an awful sound and would have probably failed during the run.

In case you didn’t catch all the rides in motion, you’ll find short videos in our Flickr album.

And we know there are many worth charities out there, but please keep the Make A Wish BC & Yukon Canada in mind when selecting where your hard earned dollars go.   Helping to put the smile on a child’s face along with their family is especially rewarding when you know what they’ve gone through to get there.

Please do give generously.  Thank you.


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Vancouver Train Expo 2015 – Nov 7th and 8th, 2015 – PNE Forums

Metro Vancouver’s biggest train show ever!

The show and meet is moving to new home and getting a new look and a new name! This year’s show will be held at the Pacific National Exhibition Forum on the weekend of November 6-8. All the familiar meet activities—operating sessions, layout tours, clinics, banquet—will be part of the weekend, along with a new and expanded train show in the 44,000-square-foot Forum.

This year’s show features:

  • more space for model railways, displays, vendors and manufacturers
  • drive-in, all-weather access to your display location for easy load-in and load-out
  • food concession and social area on the show floor
  • all show activities on the same level for better accessibility
  • ample on-site parking with exhibitor parking adjacent to the Forum
  • easy access from Highway 1 and via public transit
  • exhibitor and vendor access beginning at 3 PM on Friday

The Vancouver LEGO Club is excited once again to be participating as one of the exhibitors.   As always, we’ll be showing our LEGO trains, but bringing it all to life will be all the minifigs in the dioramas around the entire layout.

Photos from last year’s display can be found on our Flickr account.

For more info visit the Vancouver Train Expo website at

Vancouver Train Expo  November 7th and 8th 2015 (Saturday and Sunday)
Pacific National Exhibition’s Forum Building
Saturday November 7th          10 am to 4 pm
Sunday November 8th              10 am to 4 pm

Please note ticket sales are cut-off at 3:30pm both days. All guests must exit the hall at 4pm.

Entrance Fares

Fares may be paid with cash only. An entrance fare entitles an individual to the public display areas of the Trains show. An entrance fare is good only for the day it is purchased.

  • Senior(60+)            $8
  • Adult(16-59)            $10
  • Youth(6-15)            $5
  • Child under 6         free (with an Adult)
  • Family          $25 (Maximum 2 Adults, 3 Youth)
  • NMRA Members         $5


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