Edited by our
The Diorama was made from Stefan Foerg from
Germany, his website:
he 4 Engines are made by Rodney Walker, the 2 Cars at the end are from
This Diorama is part from a two piece Diorama with a length from 2.4 meters
total and a deep of 50 cm. The Bridge and Signal is from BLMA. The picture was
made outside on my balcony with a real background.
Welcome to Modeller's Corner.
My Name is Nathan, and I will be taking over this page for the
foreseeable future. This page is undergoing new makeover, as we enhance this
page for a better future.
I wanted to start off with a
small idea of what is available to the hobbyist. For those that don't know,
there is a company that is also moving their business towards the future. This
business is Pacific Western Rail System. This company was started by modellers,
for modellers and many of the employees are modellers or family of modellers,
160 of these modellers world-wide make up the shareholders of PWRS. The goal of
Pacific Western Rail Systems is making sure you the hobbyist, gets what you
want...quality, price, and a Canadian product. Detailed research and
development, along with state of the art manufacturing to ensure the highest
quality and what you would expect from the 1:1 scale, which is made available in
HO and N scale. PWRS has a program unique to our hobby, and also provides you
with the most up to date items available. Aside from doing their own products,
- with North American Railcar Corporation, PWRS also carries just about
everything else, from Walthers, to Atlas, Intermountain, and more.
So you are probably asking
yourself, what makes PWRS different from Walthers, or Atlas...well a lot. YOU
may not know this, but PWRS has a program called PORTERS (Personal, Order,
Relationship, Tracking, Entry & Recording System). This program is like none
other out there. Compared to anyone else, PWRS is unique in their approach.
The PORTERS System allows you to see the most up to date product announcements
and reserve the models you are interested in. You can track your reservations,
and orders, and have access to the PORTERS Club Lounge where you can use your
PORTERS Points to get special, limited run PORTERS Members Only Cars. When
signing up with PORTERS, you send PWRS a message, and then one of the PWRS staff
will call you to finish the process. They will guide you through the
Reservation Sheet, order placement & tracking, the Goodie Box & account
preferences. Below is a screen shot of my wife's and I's account. You will see
a reference number in the bottom; this can be used to get more points when you
Here is a caption from PWRS
site on Porters:
is not just an on-line shopping cart, it’s a tool for you to see all new product
announcements in one place (and place orders for them if you wish), see and
track all past orders, control your shipping costs by controlling when and how
your products are shipped, and search our product database – that’s got the
entire Walthers catalog and MORE – using the most powerful, flexible and easy to
use search tool in the industry.
all, you can have all this AND purchase products at attractive price discounts.
AND if you have a problem or otherwise need help, we have a staff of service
agents (we DO NOT have commissioned sales people
anymore) that you can actually get a hold of to help you.
But that's not all
we offer: we offer a new frequent buyer/customer rewards program - PORTERS
Points . PORTERS Points rewards you for purchases made
using your PORTERS Account - rewards that can be used to purchase any product PWRS carries or to acquire unique, limited-run products from selected
manufacturers. PORTERS Points will be awarded for all purchases made after
February 1, 2009 - so don't wait to start purchasing using a PORTERS Account
because you start earning rewards today.
With the PORTERS program, you are in total control of your order, form the
products you select to your shipping. When you setup your account, you will only
see those items based on your interests, and you can also view those items by
selecting your favorite road name on your reservations sheet. You can setup your
favorites even based on the era you model. By that If you only wanted steam
engines shown, you can set it up to reflect that. With items coming in at
various times, most places will ship them out as they come in. With PORTERS,
you have the option to have these items placed in your “goodie box” and
therefore, have them shipped all at once. With shipping, you have full view of
the item from the time it arrives at the warehouse until it is shipped to your
home or business. Members have access to view any past shipments or track
shipments up to 90 days, eliminating the need to call, as you are treated like
staff, and know where your item is at all times. Of note is the fact that NARC
(North America Railcar Corporation) is a sister company of PWRS, and that NARC
is the manufacture component to this great company. NARC, also does custom cars
in both HO and N scale, only available through Porters. Porters also gives you
advance access to special pricing not available to the general public
if you have had trouble getting something from the internet or from your local
hobby store or just tired of the constant delay’s and not knowing what is going
on, give PWRS a try you won’t be disappointed with PORTERS. And being a PORTERS
member, you will receive updates of new products before the general public
does...There is a lot out there, and do you really want to miss that next car?
So join up with Porters, you won’t be sorry…and please quote reference number
YK4L3YL. Discounts and savings await you! Click below to sign up!
CRO Webmaster -
Coming Soon To A
Hobby Store Near You
Just Announced from Credit
Train Control System (TCS):
The new line of "WOWSound™" decoders by TCS will be shipping through out 2013.
We will first offer light medium and heavy steam sounds by April possibly
sooner. Diesel WOWSound™ will follow in spring and summer of 2013
Pre-order your sound decoder here!
The unique HO FP9A 6532
Back in 1980 when VIA was young they acquired numerous locos from CN and
CP for their passenger trains. FP9A’s from CN were originally delivered onto
five variations; in CN's wording they were GPA17-a / b / c / d and e
corresponding to sequential orders. The 6532 was part of the fourth order from
GMD and was rated at 1750 h.p.
Thus, we had a may 1957 GPA-17d delivered green and yellow for CNR. Then the new
"wet noodle" CN's 1961 logo made it change for the 30 degrees zebra stripes and
the new red-orange nose. Depending upon the era that lights up your modeling,
the loco's livery are quite diversified. For instance, the 6532 kept its zebra
stripes until 1980.
VIA was partially running with its blue and yellow colors since 2 years in 1980
and its livery did not unanimously rallied everybody. So they grab the 6532
zebra stylish and it was authorized to graduate grey and yellow. Hence this
unique model. The 6532 had to pull some cars from every kind of livery at that
era: black and whites not already painted for VIA, the VIA's blue and yellows
and the two coaches in the same experimental scheme. More
pictures on Facebook 6532 page: http://www.facebook.com/ViaFp9a6532?ref=hl#!/ViaFp9a6532
The unique grey ghost only survived few months as well as the two coaches, but
historically valuable to all real collectors of Canadian trains. VIA
kept about 15 FP9As from the original orders from CN up to the 1990. The 6532
was refurbished in the VIA shops and was given more power at 1800 h.p. She
acquired a new identity: FP9ARM 6310.
The HO SCALE version of VIA 6532 will be equipped with the same high quality
mechanism as the other
Rapido's FP9A on
the market but only 99 DCCC equipped units will be offered with delivery in
This beauty's MRSP will be $329,95$ (US$ or CDN$).
Available at Boréal Trains:
Business class: Pay
only 325$ before march
31st 2013. On Business class, Boréal pays every Canadian tax for you. More,
Boréal also assumes the shipping and handling for you (or the equivalent if you
are not in Canada or 48 states);
Be sure to get your 6532; send a 20$ deposit. We will stop taking reservations
when the 99 ordered will be complete under those two classes;
Just leave your complete contact data to the undersigned. The 6532 will be sent
to you under payment.
Côté - Boréal Trains
167 St-Robert, Rimouski (Québec)
New in stock. N scale Fox Valley 50' FMC Railbox. $17.98 each.
Just arrived from Fox Valley Models in N scale. CP ES44AC locomotives in 3 new
road numbers! $119.98 each.
Hobby Stores From Atlas:
North American Railcar Corporation Announces High Performance MagnaLock Brake
True Line Trains mentioned that they will be developing and soon
NSC 50' Exterior Post Newsprint box cars. An official
announcement should make its way to TLT website in the next short
The first release will be 10 rib ends, 10' plug doors with either
straight or angled door posts. GTW, BCIT, BCOL, CNIS, and ONT.
Future releases will include the 9 rib end with 9' or 10' doors, the
post at the extreme ends of the sides, for CP, QC, and ONT.
pre-production sample only
Hurricane Sandy landed in New Jersey and New York on October 29, 2012, causing
massive flooding and wind damage all across the Garden State. Atlas got off
lightly, with minimal damage and a week-long power outage. However, many of our
customers, friends and family across the great state were not so lucky and
suffered great losses in this terrible event.
Although the storm has long since passed, the rebuilding has only just begun. To
help our compatriots in this matter, Atlas is producing the Hurricane Sandy
"Save the Shore" Relief Hoppers. This show of support is decorated with stunning
artwork of the dunes and scenery of our beautiful beaches and is available on a
different model in each of the scales we offer--N, HO & O.
profits will go directly to New York and New Jersey based Hurricane Sandy
- Empire State Relief Fund: Endorsed by http://www.empirestaterelief.com/
- NJ Relief Fund: Chaired by NJ First Lady Mary Pat Christie http://sandynjrelieffund.org/
haven't helped out your brothers and sisters in the tri-state area yet, this is
a fantastic way to do so while getting a handsome piece of rolling stock to run
with pride on your layout.
models will be available exclusively through the Atlas Online Store.
have your orders in by March 13th, 2013 for the N Scale model and April
12th, 2013 for the O Scale model. HO models have already been ordered and will
be offered on a first come, first served basis.
the following links to order
you for supporting our endeavor.
Also from Atlas:
HO Cornerstone® Fire Dept. Kits
Fire Dept. Headquarters - Kit
3 Colors & Clear Plastic
Brick Construction With Concrete Art Deco Features
Equipment Bays, 3 Drive-Through
Accommodates Large Modern Fire Equipment
Dept. Repair Shop - Kit
3 Colors & Clear Plastic
Brick Structure With Concrete Art Deco Front Trim
Equipment Bays Accommodate Large Vehicles
Used as Municipal or Private Maintenance Shop
933-3767 Repair Shop
Fire Dept. Drill Tower - Kit
Brick & Concrete Structure
Exterior "Metal" Stairways & Safety Railings
933-3766 Drill Tower
- New Schemes & Numbers
- Road-Specific Detailing
- First Time Ever! Factory-Installed
Wind Deflectors, Sunshades & Other Details
- 14:1 Helical Gears For Smooth, Quiet Performance
- 5-Pole Skew-Wound High-Torque High-Efficiency Can Motor
- Low Speed Under 3 Scale MPH
- LED Constant & Directional Headlights
- Easy Multiple Unit Operation
- Metal Grab Irons & Lift Rings
- Available With or Without Factory-Installed Tsunami Sound & DCC
- Proto MAX™ Metal Knuckle Couplers
Phase 2 U28B Approx. 1966 to 1970
Courtesy of RR Fallen Flags, George Elwood Collection
New York Central
Phase 1 U30B Approx. 1967 to 1968
From the photo collection of Louis A. Marre.
Phase 2 U28B Approx. 1968 to 1974
Different roadnumber shown. From the photo collection of Louis A.
U30B Approx. 1983 to 1985
From the photo collection
of Louis A. Marre.
It’s obviously the 1960’s and the Atlantic Limited is passing
through Beausejour, QC on the HO scale Canada Central Railway (AMFM
Club in Montreal). Robert O’’Shaugnessy’s twin CPR RS10‟s
(8596, 8577) lead his brass Tuscan Red CPR passenger cars past the
crossing. (Photo by Yves Cloutier).
Sad news, as the Toronto club has held its finial run before closing
their doors for good:
The nightmare of many modellers ...Canada's largest model railway ousted for
CRO GO TRANSIT News Editor Dan Dell'Unto just finished a model of CP
GP9 8530 in HO scale, done up after it had been wreck-rebuilt in
1975. There's still a few things to add to it, but the majority of
the hard work is done. This unit is a bit of an oddball in that
along with having the early pointed chop-nose and rear sandbox, it
was rebuilt with a GP7 long hood (modified with GP9 hood vents),
probably off one of the other wrecks in the deadline.
Dan also included a few photos of some other models he is working on: some
Tuscan Red and gray CP C424's and a custom SW1200RS, CP 1684 (ex-TH&B chop nosed
GP7) and a CP passenger GP9 (whose GT long hood will be repainted into the usual
His next big project will be a CP RAIL action red E8.
Cliff Holder submitted these pictures of his completed projects.
MLW C630 CN 2337 is built from a ‘Tiger Valley’ kit with much kitbashing etc,
powered by a 1836 Sagami can motor, chain driven to truck gear boxes, weathered
Kadee scale couplers.
NS 169765 – Coil car built from a ‘Red Caboose kit, added misc grab irons,
coupler lift bars, reboxx semi-scale wheelsets,
CP – 434677, built from a ‘Sylvan’ kit, detailed, weathered.
CABX 127, built from a ‘Scale Shops’ kit (no longer produced) is a carbon black
car usually supplying the tire industry.
Modelling On A Budget
Walter E Pfefferle
One of the reasons model railroading attracts so many
people is it allows you to participate at the level that you and your budget are
comfortable with. Not everyone feels they need perfection but still enjoy
building and operating their layouts. I fall into the category of low budget
modeller and enjoy building many of the items on my layout. My creations may not
win any prizes but meet my needs and also allow me to create many items from
I have been experimenting with building models by building
a shell from card stock and then covering it with printed images of the actual
building. I recently finished a model of the CN Station in Ingersoll Ontario. It
has not been used in about 20 years and may end up being demolished this year.
Here is a view of it I took back in August 2012.
The first step is to photograph the item you want to build
so that the walls can be printed to use in the actual construction. The benefit
is that all graffiti will be captured exactly as it is. Here is a view of the
model of the station as I have covered most of it with photos that I have
printed to size. I only had black ink so could not print the images in color.
I then added the baggage area and added a base and
details. It make not meet some modellers level of accuracy but is a simple way
to build some buildings quickly. If it is set a bit back from the main viewing
area and some other details are added it would meet most applications.
The same process was used in converting 3 old coil cars into
high sided coal gondolas. The real high side gondola was photographed and
then images were created on the computer and the numbers were changed.
Here we see the coil cars before they were converted.
A shell was built to fit the coil cars and then covered
with the printed images. The process can be used to produce textures or anything
to use on your layout. Here is a image of the layout used for the gondolas
A load was added along with some additional details and
here is the finished product. The bridge in the photo was also built entirely of
coffee stir sticks purchased at the dollar store and is a model of the Mill
Street bridge in Woodstock Ont.
This process may not work for everyone but those that
enjoy model railroading and don't have to have everything perfect, it may work
The Forest City Railway Society (FCRS)
The Forest City Railway Society (FCRS) Slide Trade Day will be held
on Saturday, April 13th from 11:00 to 22:00 (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) at
École secondaire Gabriel Dumont. Further details will follow. Pierre
Ozorak is looking for individuals to do a 40-45 minute presentation
in the evening. If you might be interested in doing such a
presentation, please send an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Montreal Model Train Exposition 2013
The Montreal Model Train Exposition is a miniature train show
presented each year in conjunction with Sun Youth Community
Services, a non-profit organization renowned for its work in aiding
those less fortunate in the Montreal community.
Event: The Montreal Model Train Exposition
Date: September 28th and 29th, 2013
Place: 4251 St Urbain Street, Montreal (Sun Youth Centre), H2W 1V6
Time: 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday
Price: $8 Adults, $6 Children
Free parking: HOME DEPO 100 Beaubien west, with shuttle
Information: Ivan Dow (580 Pine Beach, Dorval Quebec H9P 2J6
514 918-1501 or 514 636-9665)
The 2013 Montreal Model Train Exposition will be held September 28 -
29, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm) at 4251 St
Urbain Street, H2W 1V6, (corner of Marie-Anne). It’s an event the
whole family can enjoy, with model trains of all scales running on
modular layouts, or displayed. As well there will be many flea
market tables with used trains for sale and trade. Bring back
happy memories of the past and make new memories for the children of
today. Time required to see the exposition is about 3 to 5 hours. $8
adults, $6 children. Please use public transit (bus routes 11, 29,
Saturday March 2,
Cobourg Lions Community Centre, 157 Elgin Street East
(Park behind community centre)
Cobourg Model Railroaders -
Cobourg Model Train Show
Operating model train layouts.
Food and beverages available.
The biggest model train show in Northumberland County.
Fare: Adults $5, children under 12 $1.
New Location: CAW
Hall, 124 Bunting Road, St.
(From Toronto: Take QEW Niagara, exit 44 Welland Ave/Niagara Street,
stay left onto South Service Road into Dunkirk Road, follow to and turn
right onto Bunting Road. On left side.)
(From Fort Erie: Take QEW, exit 44, stay left and turn left under
highway at lights, turn left onto Dunkirk Road, follow to and turn right
onto Bunting Road. On left side.)
Niagara Railway Museum 13th
Annual Niagara Model Railroad
Over 8000 sq ft
of vendors, layouts and displays.
Drinks and food available.
Fare: Adults $5, under 12 free with adult. Free parking.
17 Jeavons Avenue
(From southern Birchmount, one block south of Danforth Road (not Ave)
turn east on Parnell, then south on Jeavons.)
(Do not park on the east side of the street.)
Scarborough Model Railroaders Train
Show / Open House
Two floors of model railroads.
· 1500 square foor fifties era HO scale layout set in southern
Authentic steam and diesel sound.
Walkaround Digital Command Control.
Passenger and freight train operation.
Over 1000 square foot (and growing!) N scale layout with:
28 scale miles of double-tracked mainline, running through mountain
The only permanent N scale club layout in the GTA.
Fare: Adults $5, seniors $3, children $2, family (2+2) $12
Video (2010/11/27): www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQt3jNXQj7Q
10-4pm both days
Ambassador Hotel, 1550 Princess Street
(From 401 exit 613, south on Sydenham Road, left at first light onto
Princess Street, near the VIA Rail Station.)
Canadian Railroad Historical Association
CRHA-Kingston Division Rail O
Rama Model Train Show
Interactive layout for the youngsters.
Thomas activity table.
Refreshments / dining available on site.
Fare: Adults (13+) $6, seniors (60+) $5, children (5-12) $3, parking
Sunday March 17, 2013
Bingemans Marshall Hall, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive
(From 401: Take exit #278 to Hwy 8 West toward Kitchener, take exit Hwy
7 East / Hwy 85 North towards Guelph, fork right towards
Victoria/Frederick/Wellington, exit to Wellington Street East, turn
south on Shirley Avenue, then Bingemans entrance on left side
Train Show and Sale
Over 150 vendor
tables (some new).
Model trains, train sets, locomotives, track, rolling stock,
transformers, structures, photos, DVDs, railroad memorabilia. All
Fare: Adults $5, children under 12 free with adult. Parking free.
March 20 & 21, 2013
At the Château Bonne Entente
Annual Railway Symposium in Quebec City
A two day Symposium and Rail Show
Please contact Louis-François Garceau
Phone: 418-832-1502 -
email@example.com - www.groupe-traq.com
March 23, 2013
Base Line Community Centre, 2444 Base Line Road (West
of Waverly Road, corner of Base Line Road and Martin Road)
Soper Valley Model Railroad Association Model
Railroad Flea Market
Fare: Adults $5, children under 12 free.
Best Western Brant Park Inn, 19 Holiday Drive (exit
Highway 403 at Wayne Gretzky Parkway, go one block south, then turn east
at the stoplight onto Holiday Drive.)
Brantford Model Train Show
Over 70 vendor tables (several
Model trains, train sets, locomotives, track, rolling stock,
transformers, structures, photos, DVDs, railroad memorabilia.
Fare: Adults $5, children under 12 free with adult, parking free.
tickets and maps:
tour: 9-9pm (times vary)
Kitchener - Waterloo -
Cambridge - Guelph area
Register 9-3 at Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road West, Cambridge. (exit
401 at Townline Road North (#286), turn left at Ellis Road) GPS:
N43.4280 W 80.2919
30th Annual Doubleheaders Model Railroad Self Guided Home and Club
Traditionally over 40 home and club layouts.
One of Canada's largest annual layout tours.
The layout tour involves you driving to people's homes and clubs to
enjoy their model train layouts.
Fare: $6 for every person, children must be
supervised by an adult.
Info: Preview the layouts at: www.doubleheaders.org
Saturday April 6
Sunday April 7, 2013
Victoria Park Armoury, 210 Kent Street West (at Victoria Avenue)
Lindsay and District Model Railroaders 39th
Annual Lindsay Model Railway Show Railway
Fare: Adults $5, children 6 to 12 $2, under 6 free
Saturday April 13, 2013
Brantford - Simcoe -
7th Annual Brantford, Simcoe
and Port Dover Model Railroad
Buy tickets after March 1 at
Broughdale Hobby, London
Credit Valley RR Co., Streetsville
Dundas Valley Hobby, Dundas
Modeller’s Choice, Hamilton
Otter Valley Railroad, Aylmer
Paris Junction Hobbies, Paris
The Train Cellar, Mount ForestOr
on April 13 at
Brantford Model Railroad Club
SLN Hobbies, Port Dover
Fare: Adults $5, children under 12 free with an adult.
Proceeds to Brant Food for Thought.
View tour book at: www.brantfordmrclub.com
Sunday April 14, 2013
John Tonelli Sports Centre, 317 Laurier Avenue
Lakeshore Model Railroaders' Association LMRA
Adults $5, youth $2, children under 6 free, parking free.
Saturday April 27, 2013
Mississauga- Brampton -
Etobicoke - Oakville -
Register in the Credit Valley Railway Company Ltd. store the day of the
2900 Argentia Road, Unit 24, Mississauga 905-826-1306
Credit Valley Free-Mo Group 2nd
Annual Home Layout Tour
Visit model railways in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke and Oakville.
10 to 16 layouts in all shapes and sizes in HO, HOn3 and G scales.
See layouts in the beginning astages and copleted empires.
See different styles, approaches and themes.
Talk to the owners about building and operating a model railway.
Sunday April 28, 2013
Oxford Auditorium, Woodstock Fairgrounds, 875 Nellis Street
Free parking in fairgrounds parking lot and Civic Arena parking lot at
895 Nellis Street (two driveways east)
Woodstock Model Train Show
Over 125 vendor tables.
Fare: Adults $5, under 12 free with adult.
Windsor Model Rail Club (W.M.R.C.)
Guelph Model Railroad Society
Model Railroad Club of Toronto
The Vermont and Essex Model Railway Club (Montreal, QC)
Montreal Railway Modeler’s Association AMFM
Maritimes ( Nova Scotia, P.E.I.,