Welcome to 2021! Hopefully better than 2020!
As of December 14th, 2020 Rail Tales is operating according to its normal scheduled hours of operation under the Phase 3 Recovery for Virginia as modified by Executive Order 72. This order ends January 31st, 2021.
What this means for Rail Tales:
1) The first major change from the order 63 existing rules is that we are required to strictly enforce social distancing. Customers should maintain social distancing from all persons except those you arrived with. We can be charged with a crime if we do not enforce this rule so please bear with us. Among other things, this makes it impossible to hold our gaming events, therefore…
1a) All gaming events are moved to after store closing. Friday Night Magic will begin at 7 pm and Lazy Sunday Magic is suspended. Other events will be posted.
1b) Saturday Demonstrations have to be done entirely in our workshop and are considered ‘social events’.
1c) Club Meetings have been suspended.
2) The second major change from order 63 existing rules is that social gatherings may not have more than 10 people, so all Magic events are limited to 10 people.
3) The third major change from existing order 63 is that the mask order has been clarified and expanded. Face coverings now have to be worn in any settling where two or more people are occupying the same room other than their private residence. This does not effect the public but means our staff has to wear masks even when nobody is in the store. Also, masks must cover nose and mouth, not just the mouth. We are requiring that Rail Tales customers wear face coverings while in the store to comply with this order. Remember that your face covering protects others and their face covering protects you!
We are still working very hard to keep our surfaces sterile, including door handles and signature pens. Be assured that if any staff members are knowingly exposed to a Covid carrier, we will close as necessary to make sure we do not pose a risk to our customers.
Thank you for your support.
General Store Events
Saturday, January 9th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of weathering techniques for structures and vehicles and/or figures (subject determined by request) from 2 pm until 4 pm. This demonstration will take place in the workshop but report to the store first. Among other materials, we will demonstrate the application of Vallejo pigment powders and washes and general drybrushing but the focus will be on using the AK pencils. We can do an airbrush demonstration instead if requested. Call between 11 and 1 with requests.
Saturday, January 16th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of track laying in HO scale. We will either demonstrate hand-laying track using our new system or we will demonstrate the installation of Flex Track, depending on demand. As always, call between 11 and 1 with requests.
Saturday, January 23rd: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of basic scenery techniques. This demonstration can involve either mountain/hill making or zero depth water. As always, call between 11 and 1 with requests.
Saturday, January 30th: Rail Tales will host a demonstration of DCC installations. This will be a little complicated because our test track is in the store but we have to do the demo itself in the shop, so there will be some back and forth. Customers wishing to volunteer their items for this demonstration should call between 11 and 1. Note that we still charge for the work we do but customers can work along or finish up to save our time (and your money).
We are hosting Friday Night Magic at 7 pm on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. The draft format is Commander Legends, so the cost is higher than normal. Please call for details. These events are not sanctioned by Wizards- we are running the events on our own initiative. Gloves are provided for the card passing portion of the event upon request and masks are required for the entire event. There will be a maximum of 10 slots and the store will be closed to non-participants. This is a hard cap, so if you want to make sure you have a space, please call ahead to reserve one.
Lazy Sunday Magic is cancelled for this month due to Order 72 restrictions.
Saturday, January 9th: The Charlottesville Model Club meeting has been cancelled.
Sunday, January 31st: The Jefferson Railroad Club meeting has been cancelled.