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Modeling from the Prototype

Train Shows

Model Train Cubs

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 or visit

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!




Boréal Trains







DCC sound



Powered chassis DC



Powered chassis DCC sound




HO Scale

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 run apparently.

N Scale

Kato has announced an NW-2.  (no Canadian roadnames listed)

Kato has also announced an EMD E-5 passenger locomotive


Athearn 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.

Just Announced




Again this month Nova Scotia HO scale modeler Clifford Holder submitted other shots of his impressive locomotive and freight car  roster:

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 sheet.

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 surround)

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 transparent.


Different car Chassis plus interior for Dome.


Atlas #48700 Dash 8-40B loco undecorated

Scalen Graphics Car Body sheet

Own decals

18mm Plastic window channel

Plastruct sheet #9040 (for making car body ends)

Palace Car Co. 68 seat Interiors #5090 (Panorama)

American Limited Operating Diaphragms #8506

Microtrains 003 02 051 4-wheel Lightweight

     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

Modeling from the Prototype

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. 


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Hello friends

Saturday, January 26th, 7.30pm - Action Hobbies hosts 
Historical Train Slide Show #9

Free admission!  
Action Hobbies Kingsville welcomes Myles Roach of 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 respects.  
We’re 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 the craft.  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) 733-2619 for additional information.


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Date and time



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 information.

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 Railroad Flea Market

Operating layouts

Over 150 tables

Fare: Adults $5, under 12 free


Sat. 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 with adult. 


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 Market St.


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?
Feb 10 
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 
CARM Info:


Feb 2 
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Feb 9 
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Feb 16 
Feb 17 
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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 
Open House

The club must move. 
The 75th Anniversary and Final Liberty Village open houses

·  O scale set in the 1950s.

·  40 feet x 110 feet.

·  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 Street. 
It is only a short walk from King Street West and from the GO Transit Exhibition station. 


Feb 23 
Feb 24 


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 parking


Feb 24 


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 featuring:

  • Authentic steam and diesel sound.
  • Walkaround Digital Command Control.
  • Passenger and freight train operation.
Refreshments available.

Over 1000 square foot (and growing!) N scale layout with:

  • 28 scale miles of double-tracked mainline, running through mountain scenery.
  • The only permanent N scale club layout in the GTA.

Fare: Adults $5, seniors $3, children $2, family (2+2) $12 
or Flyer with map 
Video (2010/11/27): 

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 - Mobile: 418-955-2466 -



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 Montreal community.

 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.



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Model 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 – 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 feature movie. 

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: 
Event times and contact information follows:

Show Events 

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

Contact Information
Media Inquiries:
Simon McNeil
914-90 Eastdale Ave,
Toronto, ON
M4C 5A2

Mcneil.communicatio ns@gmail. com

Club Contact:
Location: 171 East Liberty Street, Suite B1, Toronto ON, M6K3P6 
Website: www.modelrailroadcl
Email: info@modelrailroadc
Phone: 416-536-8927
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)


©CRO January 2013