I hope everyone had a good holiday season and all the best to you and yours for
the New Year.
Coming Soon To A
Hobby Store Near You
Boreal Trains of Rimouski, Quebec, has contracted with Rapido to produce a
limited run of HO scale FP9A diesel locomotives decorated in VIA’s experimental
Grey Ghost scheme. The locomotive will be equipped with DC/DCC Sound
at $329.95 CAD with delivery expected in mid-2013. For additional information
on the Grey Ghost prototype as well as the HO scale project including details on
reserving a model, contact Denis Côté at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Rapido was launching recently the F9Bs. You can have a look at them @
Boréal's prices are in the file enclosed. Voir les prix de Boréal dans le
fichier joint. Just make your reservations now! No deposit required! Pas
de dépôt nécesaire!
Powered chassis DC
Powered chassis DCC sound
Atlas Safety cab
GP-40'2 are being ran again with new numbers and so other roadnames. Both DC and
sound /DCC version will be offered.
Overland models has
announced production of CP's GP-20C ECO locomotives
Athearn Ready to roll is
re-running the bombardier double deck commuter cars, GO Transit is not being
Kato has announced
an NW-2. (no Canadian roadnames listed)
Kato has also
announced an EMD E-5 passenger locomotive
Ready to roll is re-running the bombardier double deck commuter cars.
The Atlas track shortage is easing a
bit, and they promise to be back on track with all products in the beginning of
2013. A letter from atlas had circulated around various online forums.
Again this month Nova Scotia HO scale modeler Clifford Holder
submitted other shots of his impressive locomotive and freight car
CP 303195 - 50' general purpose flat car from an Athearn BB kit,
A-line stirrups, misc. grab irons, DA coupler lift bars, laser kit
deck boards (by 'American Model Builders' ), Kadee brake wheel,
Athearn genesis trucks & wheelsets ( with rotating bearing caps),
kadee 158 whisker couplers, weathered.
CNA 330384 - representation of second-hand coal hoppers bought by CN from LEF&C
in the early nineties. Built from a 'Stewart kit' a 12 panel/3-bay triple
hopper, has Athearn genesis trucks/wheelsets, coupler lift bars, coal load
(real) Kadee semi-scale couplers, heavy weathering.
CN 90149R - Built from a 'Walther’s' ballast car, thinned down stirrups, coupler
lift bars, ballast load is fabricated from 'Woodlands Scenics' ballast line,
Kadee .088/33" wheelsets, light dust weathering. KPHOTO
NRLX 34162 - Built from a 'Front Range' kit, has lift bars, 'A-line stirrups,
cable hauling tabs, misc. grab irons, lgt.wea.
CN 190466 - 'Proto 2000' general purpose gondola, hand-formed stirrups, misc.
grabs, lift bars, kadee wheelsets, load consisting of truck sideframes (for
recycling), heavy weathering.
CN 76589 - The beginnings of this transfer van is from a 'Sylvan' kit, numerous
formed hand grabs, details, flush fitting window glazing formed by hand, 'Atlas'
friction bearing caboose trucks with 'Reboxx' 33" semi-scale wheelsets, 158w
kadee couplers, 'DA' Sinclair antenna(s), NMRA weighted, very light weathering !
CN 551828 - Represents a boxcar of the sixties that has had some reinforcing
upgrades( i.e. bracing on ends etc.), 'A-line' stirrups, separate hand grabs, 'Athearn'
genesis trucks/wheelsets, weathered.
Bombardier HR616 # 2106 - Kit and scratchbuilt locomotive, body is a '
Associated Models ' flat kit that has had many improvements & detailing.
Chassis/running gear is from a modified 'Tiger Valley' C630 kit (MLW). Prime
mover is a 'Sagami' 18x36mm can motor accompanied by a 15 x 28mm brass flywheel,
power is transmitted to low geared trucks (Defasco) and a 'Delrin' chain
BC Rail Whistler Northwind
by Peter Cawthorne
BC Rail's "Whistler Northwind" was a high end
tourist train which operated from North Vancouver to Exeter (100
Mile House) in British Columbia. Passengers overnighted at Whistler
and the "108 Mile" guest ranch.
It had only a very brief existence, being
abolished after only two summer seasons.
Service operated from North Vancouver to
Whistler on day 1, Whistler to 100 Mile house on day 2, then on to
Prince George on day 3. Return trip is scheduled for one day to 100
Mile house, 2nd day to Whistler.
BCR painted B39-8E 1700 for the service.
The three Panorama Dome cars are 2 seats
either side - 19 rows of seats per car, followed by a kitchen area
and washrooms behind with no windows in the 2nd section. Regular
style vestibules with top opening windows. Each dome of 1704 and
1705 has 9 1/2 panes of curved glass, 1703 has a larger rear area
and only 9 panes of glass.
In 2002, BCR "pulled
the plug" on passenger operations and put all passenger equipment up
for sale. The Colorado Rail "domes" went to VIA Rail for “Skeena”
service, retaining the 17xx series numbers and named 'Coast', 'Cariboo',
and "Chilcotin' respectively.
Power Car / Baggage Bridge River BCOL1710
Crew Sleeper Caulfield BCOL1711
Panorama Dome Chilcotin BCOL1722
Panorama Lounge Glen Fraser BCOL1750
Panorama Dome Cariboo BCOL1721
Gallery D’Arcy (or Vancouver) BCOL1740
Diner Strathnaver BCOL1741
Summit Dome Coastline BCOL1720
Summit Observation Pavilion BCOL1751
Bodies were drawn up on
computer and laser printed on to 135gsm gloss card stock.
Windows for Panoramic cars
were cut out, and clear tape was applied from the back to give clear
windows. Windows on Panoramic cars were tinted with a mix of 4parts
clear: 2 parts Humbrol 10: 1 part Mineral Turps.
Sheets were blind
laminated, to give some rigidity to car sides, as well as getting
high gloss windows.
Decals were next applied to
Windows were now masked and
sheet given a coat of semi-gloss spray to dull down the car sides.
Window masking was removed.
Bodies were cut out of
sheet, and formed over a pre-made mould.
Interiors for Panoramic cars
were cut down from Palace Car Co. 68 seat Interiors. These were
then painted to match the individual cars cloth colours, and
passengers added. A piece of styrene was glued underneath the seats
to raise them up to the required height before gluing into position
in the chassis.
The bodies can now be glued
to the chassis.
Operating Diaphragms now
added to coach ends.
Chassis was made from a
piece of 18mm plastic channel. (Actually a piece of house window
End panels were fabricated
from 1mm Plastruct sheet, one for each end plus one in the centre of
the car. It won’t be seen as the windows are dark, and not
Different car Chassis plus
interior for Dome.
Atlas #48700 Dash 8-40B loco
Scalen Graphics Car Body
18mm Plastic window channel
Plastruct sheet #9040 (for
making car body ends)
Palace Car Co. 68 seat
Interiors #5090 (Panorama)
American Limited Operating
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Passenger Car Trucks
Humbrol Brown 10
Humbrol Tan 9
Humbrol Yellow 69
Humbrol Orange 18 – Summit Dome 1720 seats
Humbrol Blue – Panorama Dome 1721 seats
Humbrol Grey – Panorama Dome 1722 seats
Humbrol Grey 40 - Carpets
Completed train passing Tarago Auto Plant
Train rounding Patricia Lake
Frank Smeltzer recorded a classic Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo
40-Foot riveted box car with the large door (Patched PSTR) , and a
TH&B slab side covered hopper.
Coming Soon in
Saturday, January 26th, 7.30pm -
Action Hobbies hosts Historical
Action Hobbies Kingsville welcomes Myles
Windsor, Ontario to be our featured presenter in the first half
of this show. What’s
different about this presentation is that Myles is 20 years old
– by far the youngest featured presenter we’ve ever had at one
of these shows. Myles is a burgeoning young rail photographer
and documentarian and is the future of the hobby in many
always listening to criticisms, comments or suggestions
regarding our slide shows and one suggestion we’ve heard more
than a few times is “you should feature some of the younger
photographers too, what are they interested in right now?”.
Myles definitely answers that call – having been taking rail
photos since he was in his mid-teens, he continues to develop
and mature as a photographer as he studies some local masters of
We’ll have more on Myles and the future of rail photography in
Southwestern Ontario in a future blog posting here in January
that will feature an interview with Myles on what operations
interest him, how Emery Gulash has influenced him, what he’s
learning about Southwestern Ontario history and more.
The second half of the show will feature a casual mix of older
archival gems from a variety of sources.
Note the special date and time of this show – a Saturday
night with a 7.30pm start time.
Another comment we hear (mostly from folks who can’t make the
Thursday night shows!) is that they’d like to see some shows on
a Saturday night too. While we can’t accommodate everyone’s
schedule (as some Thursday people have told us they can’t do
Saturdays), we will try and schedule a few more Saturday night
shows going forward.
We’re also aiming to have an “extra” show this winter, as
another suggestion is to make the shows monthly during the
winter time. So look for a potential February announcement in
mid-January (hopefully!). I can say that if a show is booked in
February, it will be a Thursday night presentation.
The show will be 2 hours with an
intermission in the middle of the presentation. Action
Hobbies Kingsville will have a 10% off all in stock
train products sale starting at 5pm. Seating will be limited,
so arrive early to get your preferred seat. Complimentary
snacks will be available along with a pay as you go pop machine
(with the ever popular “Mystery Pop” selection well stocked with
surprising varieties and AHK gift certificates).
We will post an interview
with Myles on the blog in advance of the show, along with any
other related links that arise between now and the show itself.
Attached is the poster for the event, suitable for printing. Please
forward this along to anyone who might be interested.
Limited seating available - arrive early!
Slides spanning decades • Digital presentation
Extended store hours - 10% off all model train products during the
extended shop hours, 6pm - 9pm / close.
Attached is a poster suitable for printing. Pass it along!
Call Action Hobbies at (519)
Sunday January 6, 2013
10 a.m. to 3 p.m
875 Nellis Street, Woodstock, ON
From Highway 401 head north on highway 59. Turn right (east) on Dundas
and left (north) on West Avenue following the signs to the Oxford
Auditorium at the Woodstock Fairgrounds. See website for additional
The WOODSTOCK MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND SALE The January Woodstock Model
Train Show will feature up to 140 vendor tables of Model Trains of all
scales including Train Sets, Locomotives, Transformers, Rolling Stock,
Track, Structures, Photographs, Videos, DVD's, a large selection of Tin
Signs and Railroad Memorabilia. Worth the drive from anywhere. The
largest January Model train Show in Southern Ontario. The show will also
feature Model train Layouts in operation throughout the day. A limited
number of vendor tables are still available for the January 6th
Woodstock Model Train Show, at the cost of $40. for an 8 ft. table or
$75. for two 8 ft. tables. Admission is $5.00 per person; Children under
age 12 will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.
Sun. Jan. 27, 2013
Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fair Grounds, 630 Trinity Road
(Exit Highway 403 south at Highway 52 / Trinity Road, on right past
Wilson Street / Highway 2/53.)
Rail-Ops Club TH&B Model
Over 150 tables
Fare: Adults $5, under 12 free
Februay 2, 2013
Saint John's Anglican Church Hall, 2464 Dundas Street (Highway 5)
(south side, just west of Guelph Line)
Burlington Model Railway Club Winter
Model Railway Show
· Operating model layouts in Z, N, HO, O and G scale.
· Other displays by:
- Golden Horseshoe Trolley Association
- Oakville Model Railway Society
- Confederation Marine Modellers
· Sale tables.
· Refreshments and light lunches available.
Fare: Adults $5, under 12 free
Saturday February 9, 2013
From Toronto: QEW west to 403 Hamilton. Exit 69A (Main St. WEST)
Left on Main St. Right on Cootes Dr. Cootes Dr. becomes King Street,
Dundas. Proceed through town, Legion is on the left, three blocks past
Dundas Modular Railway Club Flea Market
A model railway flea market with something for everyone! Model
Trains, Books, Photos, art and Train Memorabilia. Kits of Model
Planes, Cars, Sailing Ships, and Warships. Die Cast Cars and
Military Reference Books. Our HO scale club layout will also be
running for the day and club members will be happy to show you
around the layout! (And new members are welcome!)
The show is completely wheelchair accessible. With the Copetown
Train Show the very next day and just down the road, why not make it
a TRAIN WEEKEND?
Copetown and District Community Centre, 1950 Governor's Road
(Highway 99 just east of Highway 52)
CARM Copetown Train Show
· Operating Canadian prototype layouts.
· Displays by model craftsmen.
· Railway special interest groups (SIGs).
· Canadian model manufacturers displays and sales.
· Photo vendors.
· Wheelchair accessible.
· Lunch and refreshments available.
Fare: $6, children under 12 free with adult.
or John Johnston email@example.com
CARM Info: www.caorm.org
171 East Liberty Street (formerly Hannah Avenue), Suite B1, Toronto
(near King and Dufferin, served by TTC and GO)
Model Railroad Club of Toronto
Central Ontario Railway
The club must move.
The 75th Anniversary and Final Liberty Village open houses
· O scale set in
· 40 feet x 110
· Over 5000 feet of track.
Fare: Adults $10, seniors $8, children $6, free parking.
Free parking is available on-site and on East Liberty Street and at low
cost in three adjacent public lots.
The Ossington bus now comes right to the building on East Liberty
It is only a short walk from King Street West and from the GO Transit
Essex District High School, 244 Talbot Street North (County Road 34)
(Essex is just 30 minutes from Windsor-Detroit, easily accessed from the
Ambassador Bridge. Take the second Essex exit off Highway 3.)
2013 Essex Model Train Show
· The largest show of its kind in Southwestern Ontario.
· Sales, displays, collectibles.
· Accomodations available locally.
Fare: Adults $5, seniors $4, teens $4, children $3, under 3 Free. Free
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 Ontario
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
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 -
firstname.lastname@example.org - www.groupe-traq.com
September 28th and 29th, 2013
10am to 5pm
4251 St Urbain Street, Montreal (Sun Youth Centre), H2W 1V6
Free parking: HOME DEPO 100 Beaubien west, with shuttle bus.
Please use public transit (bus routes 11, 29, 55, 97).
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
Price: $8 Adults, $6 Children
Information: Ivan Dow (580 Pine Beach, Dorval Quebec H9P 2J6
514 918-1501 or 514 636-9665)
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.
Model Rail Club (W.M.R.C.)
Guelph Model Railroad
Railroad Club of Toronto
Model Railroad Club of Toronto to leave Liberty Village after 66 years
Canada's largest and most famous model railway to be dismantled.
TORONTO, October 30, 2012 - The Model Railroad Club of Toronto regretfully
announces that effective April 30, 2013, the Club will terminate its long
standing tenancy at 171 East Liberty Street, (formerly known as 37 Hanna Avenue)
in the Liberty Village area.
A recent casualty of Toronto's development drive, the Club will not be able to
continue with its decades-long tenancy, and unfortunately will be dismantling
its model railroad. Plans are underway to relocate to new premises and begin
rebuilding the model railway.
Founded in 1938, and having moved to its current location in 1946, the Model
Railroad Club of Toronto has been continuously building and maintaining the O
scale Central Ontario Railway.
The model railway, the product of decades of work, is the largest and most
famous permanent model railroad layout in Canada. The Model Railroad Club of
Toronto will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2013.
The Model Railroad Club of Toronto is extending an invitation to share in the
"Romance of the Rails Â– The Last Run in Liberty Village". A series of shows
have been scheduled for the 2012 Holiday Season and in February, 2013 as part of
the Club's 75th Anniversary Celebration. After the final show on Family Day,
February 18, 2013 the dismantling of the railway will start. All proceeds from
the shows will be put towards the costs of rebuilding this unique treasure in
its new location.
Visitors numbering in the hundreds of thousands, from all continents have
enjoyed watching the model trains of the Central Ontario Railway and have
marveled at the tireless efforts of the Club members.
Housed in the basement of what was once an armaments factory, the model
railroad, many times described as one of Toronto's "hidden treasures", is almost
500 sq. m. in size. The Club has been featured in countless newspaper, radio and
TV spots, news reports, live eye events, commercials, TV shows, and even a
The Club is now actively searching for new premises and would welcome any offers
and suggestions for a new location for what is definitely a unique piece of
Canadian railway history.
Further updates will be posted on the Club website: www.modelrailroadclub.com
Event times and contact information follows:
75th Anniversary & Final Liberty Village Show Events
Sat Feb 2, Sun Feb 3
Sat Feb 9, Sun Feb 10
Sat Feb 16, Sun Feb 17, Mon Feb 18
All show times: 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Admission: Adults $10, Children $6, Seniors $8
914-90 Eastdale Ave,
Mcneil.communicatio ns@gmail. com
Location: 171 East Liberty Street, Suite B1, Toronto ON, M6K3P6
Website: www.modelrailroadcl ub.com
Contacts: David MacLean, President; Sandy Drysdale, Treasurer
The Vermont and Essex Model Railway Club (Montreal, QC)
Montreal Railway Modeler’s Association AMFM
Maritimes ( Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick)