Scheduled Events for 2019

May

General News:

Our expansion to separate our workshop and retail space is ongoing. Over the course of the month, we will continue moving the relevant workshop parts and modifying the retail space so please bear with us while we do so.

Once it is operational, customers who wish to see us in action may visit the workshop during its working hours (11 to 5, T-F) but be aware that this new space will be a real industrial space and not suitable for children or pets or persons who might be sensitive to our working materials.

All Month: Rail Tales has a lot of layout work to do! We will be working on parts of four different projects in the store: two Marklin HO layouts, one 2 rail HO layout (Charleston Project), and one N scale layout. Hopefully most of this will be moved to the new location for neatness.

Saturday, May 4th.  Happy Star Wars Day! In honor of this event, Rail Tales will give an extra 10% off all Star Wars related products. Why extra? Because this discount stacks with our game discounts already in effect! That’s right, you can get up to 50% off Star Wars gaming items. Also Rail Tales will be building and/or painting Star Wars models during its demonstration from 2 pm until 4 pm.

Sunday, May 5th: It’s time for the annual “33nd Annual Shenandoah Valley Model Train and Railroading Show” sponsored by the Augusta County Railroad Club. This awesome event will have over 150 tables this year. We will be there of course with our display layouts and sample products. The show starts at 10 and runs until 4 and costs 5$. For more info, see www.acmrrc.org

Saturday, May 11: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of weathering and basic airbrushing using Vallejo and AKI products from 2 to 4 pm. The Model Club meeting follows at 4:30.

Saturday, May 18th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of track laying and wiring using on of the Jefferson Railroad Club modules. Basically I will be adding two turnouts into an existing module to show how one can modify an existing layout.

Saturday, May 25th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of scenery techniques by continuing to work on our store demonstration module. Subject to be determined by interest.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be War of the Spark.

Every Saturday EXCEPT the 11th: Keyforge open play  5 until 7 pm.

Note: Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. Therefore effective immediately, we will be selling off and not replacing our remaining stock at a discount deeper than allowed by the manufacturer. All Board games will be 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

This decision does not effect Star Wars Legion (a miniature game), Magic the Gathering, and Keyforge, all of which we will continue to support.

We want to thank all our game customers for their loyal support over the last five years and apologize for not being able to continue to stock board games.

Sunday, May 5th: Rail Tales will host the War of the Spark Open House and the Open House Draft Weekend starting at 6 pm. If you are new to MtG, Nathan will teach you how to play prior to the draft event.

Sunday, May 26th: Rail Tales will host a War of the Spark sealed event for Planeswalker Weekend, starting at 6 pm. For this weekend only, WotC has modified the rules for casting planeswalkers, which will be in effect for this event.

 

Club News:

Saturday, May 11th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30. Note the later start time to give me a chance to clean up after the demonstration. As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify. We will

Sunday, May 26th: There will be a Jefferson Railroad Club meeting at 1 pm to schedule/prepare for an operational session the next day.

Monday, May 27th: There will (hopefully) be an operating session for the JRR. Location to be determined. It may be at my house or it may be at our new workshop.

 

April

General News:

Big News! Rail Tales is expanding! We have arranged to lease a space near our current retail location in order to relocate our manufacturing/layout building/custom model work business. The retail space will stay where it is but we will be able to “improve the customer experience” (clean it up). Over the course of the month, we will gradually begin moving the relevant workshop parts so please bear with us while we do so.

Customers who wish to see us in action may visit the workshop during its working hours (11 to 5, T-F) but be aware that this new space will be a real industrial space and not suitable for children or pets or persons who might be sensitive to our working materials.

All Month: Rail Tales has a lot of layout work to do! We will be working on parts of five different projects in the store: two Marklin HO layouts, one 2 rail HO layout (Charleston Project), one N scale layout, and one O scale layout (structures). Hopefully most of this will be moved to the new location for neatness.

Saturday, April 6th: No demonstration.  Most of the Rail Tales staff will be absent for most of the day due to attending a friend’s wedding. We will still be open but from about 1 pm on, staff will be minimal. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, April 13th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of weathering and basic airbrushing using Vallejo products from 2 to 4 pm. The Model Club meeting follows at 4:30.

Saturday, April 20th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of track laying and wiring using on of the Jefferson Railroad Club modules. Basically I will be adding two turnouts into an existing layout to show how one can modify an existing layout.

Sunday, April 21st through April 27th: Bret Jones will be on vacation! Yeay!

Saturday, April 27th: No Demonstration. Bret Jones will be on vacation the previous week and may not be back in time. Our scenery demonstrations will resume in May.

Saturday, April 28th: Rail Tales will be closed to general traffic in order to host the Magic the Gathering War of the Spark Prerelease.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Ravnica Allegiance.

Every Saturday EXCEPT the 12th: Keyforge open play  5 until 7 pm.

Note: Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. Therefore effective immediately, we will be selling off and not replacing our remaining stock at a discount deeper than allowed by the manufacturer. All Board games will be 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

This decision does not effect Star Wars Legion (a miniature game), Magic the Gathering, and Keyforge, all of which we will continue to support.

We want to thank all our game customers for their loyal support over the last five years and apologize for not being able to continue to stock board games.

Sunday, April 28th: Rail Tales will host the War of the Spark Pre-release event for Magic the Gathering. Registration for this event starts noon. The event itself starts at 1 pm. This is a Sealed event with a fixed cost of $25.99. Pre-registration is available and the first 18 persons to pre-register will receive special deck boxes. As always, if we get at least 18 attendees, we will provide free pizza.

 

Club News:

Saturday, April 13th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30. Note the later start time to give me a chance to clean up after the demonstration. As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify.

There will be no Jefferson Railroad Club meeting this month due to my vacation and the MtG event conflict and the fact that we have a train show the next weekend.

March

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales has a lot of layout work to do! We will be working on parts of five different projects in the store: two Marklin HO layouts, one 2 rail HO layout (Charleston Project), one N scale layout, and one O scale layout (structures).

Saturday, March 2nd: Rail Tales will hose a demonstration of basic model building and painting techniques from 2 to 4 pm. The subject for this demonstration will be figure building and painting, specifically Star Wars Legion figures.

Saturday, March 9th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of weathering and basic airbrushing using Vallejo products from 2 to 4 pm. The Model Club meeting follows at 4:30.

Saturday, March 16: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic track laying and wiring on our store demonstration module. This will involve Peco flex track and the NCE wiring system.

Saturday, March 23rd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of our basic scenery techniques from 2 to 4 pm. This will include sculptamold ground work, grass work with and without a static grass applicator, and other subjects upon demand. Last month we started a ‘demonstration module’ for permanent display in the store. The scenery demonstrations will continue to be on this module until it is completed.

Saturday, March 30th: Rail Tails will host a demonstration of DCC installation. The specific subject for this demonstration will be determined at the time of the demonstration.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Ravnica Allegiance.

Every Saturday EXCEPT the 12th: Keyforge open play  5 until 7 pm.

Note: Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. Therefore effective immediately, we will be selling off and not replacing our remaining stock at a discount deeper than allowed by the manufacturer. All Board games will be 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

This decision does not effect Star Wars Legion (a miniature game), Magic the Gathering, and Keyforge, all of which we will continue to support.

We want to thank all our game customers for their loyal support over the last five years and apologize for not being able to continue to stock board games.

 

Club News:

Saturday, March 9th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30. Note the later start time to give me a chance to clean up after the demonstration. As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify.

Sunday, March 31st: The Jefferson Railroad Club will have a planning and work session starting at 1 pm. This event is open to non-members.

February

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales has a lot of layout work to do! We will be working on parts of five different projects in the store: two Marklin HO layouts, one 2 rail HO layout (Charleston Project), one N scale layout, and one O scale layout (structures).

Saturday, February 2nd: Rail Tales will hose a demonstration of basic model building and painting techniques from 2 to 4 pm. The subject for this demonstration will be figure building and painting, specifically Star Wars Legion figures.

Saturday, February 9th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of weathering and basic airbrushing using Vallejo products from 2 to 4 pm. The Model Club meeting follows at 4:30.

Saturday, February 16: There is no demonstration this Saturday because Bret will be on vacation. Trail Laying demonstrations will resume next month.

Saturday, February 23rd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of our basic scenery techniques from 2 to 4 pm. This will include sculptamold ground work, grass work with and without a static grass applicator, and other subjects upon demand. Last month we started a ‘demonstration module’ for permanent display in the store. The scenery demonstrations will continue to be on this module until it is completed.

 

Gaming News:

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Ravnica Allegiance.

Every Saturday EXCEPT the 12th: Keyforge open play  5 until 7 pm.

Sunday, February 17th: Rail Tales will host the Ravnica Weekend from 6 pm until closing. This is a free Standard event with special promos but is also a chance to come in and learn how to play MtG.

Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. Therefore effective immediately, we will be selling off and not replacing our remaining stock at a discount deeper than allowed by the manufacturer. All Board games will be 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

This decision does not effect Star Wars Legion (a miniature game), Magic the Gathering, and Keyforge, all of which we will continue to support.

We want to thank all our game customers for their loyal support over the last five years and apologize for not being able to continue to stock board games.

 

Club News:

Saturday, February 9th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30. Note the later start time to give me a chance to clean up after the demonstration. As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify.

Mike Powers and Bret Jones will be demonstrating two (very) different face/flesh painting techniques. Members are encouraged to participate but figures must be primed and ready for painting.

Sunday, February 24th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will have a planning and work session starting at 1 pm. This event is open to non-members.

January

Major Announcement

Due to Changes in the board game industry, we find that it is no longer economically viable for us to continue stocking board games. Therefore effective immediately, we will be selling off and not replacing our remaining stock at a discount deeper than allowed by the manufacturer. All Board games will be 35% off for card and 40% off for cash.

This decision does not effect Star Wars Legion (a miniature game), Magic the Gathering, and Keyforge, all of which we will continue to support.

We want to thank all our game customers for their loyal support over the last five years and apologize for not being able to continue to stock board games.

General News:

All Month: Rail Tales has a lot of layout work to do! We will be working on parts of five different projects in the store: two Marklin HO layouts, one 2 rail HO layout (Charleston Project), one N scale layout, and one O scale layout (structures).

Saturday, January 5th: Rail Tales will hose a demonstration of basic model building and painting techniques from 2 to 4 pm. The subject for this demonstration will be figure building and painting, specifically Star Wars Legion figures.

Saturday, January 12th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of weathering and basic airbrushing using Vallejo products from 2 to 4 pm. The Model Club meeting follows at 4:30.

Sunday, January 20th: Rail Tales will be closed to regular customer traffic in order to host the Ravnica Allegiance Pre-release event for Magic the Gathering. Customers picking up or dropping off products will be allowed to do so but as we have to rearrange the store for this event, we will not be able to accommodate browsers. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, January 19th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic trackwork and related items from 2 to 4 pm. The exact subject to be determined later upon request. Unless otherwise suggested, the subject of this demonstration will be lights and wiring on an HO module.

Wednesday, January 24th: Rail Tales starts its sixth year in business at this location! Thanks to all our customers for their support in making this possible.

Saturday, January 26th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of our basic scenery techniques from 2 to 4 pm. This will include sculptamold ground work, grass work with and without a static grass applicator, and other subjects upon demand.

 

Gaming News:

See announcement above.

Every Friday: Friday Night Magic (FNM) will continue to be draft format. The draft starts at 6:30 pm and cost $14.00. The draft format will be Guilds of Ravnica on the 4th, 11th, and 18th. The draft format will switch to Ravnica Allegiance for the draft on the 25th. Optionally, players on the 25th may choose to play sealed format if we have enough product left over from the previous week pre-release.

Every Saturday EXCEPT the 12th: Keyforge open play  5 until 7 pm.

Sunday, January 13th: Rail Tales will host the Ravnica Allegiance Open House for Magic the Gathering from 6 pm until closing. This is a free Standard event with special promos but is also a chance to come in and learn how to play MtG.

Sunday, January 14th: Rail Tales will host the Ravnica Allegiance Pre-release event for Magic the Gathering. Registration for this event starts noon. The event itself starts at 1 pm. This is a Sealed event with a fixed cost of $25.99. Pre-registration is available and the first 18 persons to pre-register will receive special deck boxes. As always, if we get at least 18 attendees, we will provide free pizza. In addition to the usual prize support, we are also giving away one unopened and unexamined Ultimate Masters Box Topper.

Sunday, January 27th: Rail Tales will host a draft format event for Ravnica Allegiances starting at 6 pm. The store will be open for attendees only for this event. The cost and prize structure is the same as for our regular Friday Night Magic.

 

Club News:

Saturday, January 12th: The Charlottesville Model Club will meet beginning at 4:30. Note the later start time to give me a chance to clean up after the demonstration. As our new tradition, Kitty Hawk Models/Panda Models is providing a free kit as a door prize. You MUST be present at the end of the meeting to qualify.

Mike Powers and Bret Jones will be demonstrating two (very) different face/flesh painting techniques. Members are encouraged to participate but figures must be primed and ready for painting.

Sunday, January 27th: The Jefferson Railroad Club will have a planning and work session starting at 1 pm. This event is open to non-members.