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Saturday April 26, 2014


 

Club History

 

The Brantford Model Railroad Club was established and has been at its present location since its inception in 1947. We are located minutes from the Brantford Train Station, in Brantford Ontario Canada.


The Club started in a single garage of a four garage building. It slowly expanded into the other garages over time and the entire building was purchased in the mid 1960’s. Early layouts were constructed even when the building had only a dirt floor.


As the club progressed over the years it came time to install a solid concrete floor. In order to achieve this without disturbing that particular layout – club members had to lift the layout and suspend it from the ceiling while the floor was being poured. This was no easy feat.


The Club has continuously moved forward with the times and keeps in step with new products and innovation. Anything required for the layout that is not produced in the mass-market – is scratch built or ‘invented’ by our members. The modernization of the layout itself has been a major milestone and has shifted the momentum of the Club. It has peaked the interest of both the members and those who visited us during this Spring's Layout Tour.

 

Did You Know?

We are currently in our 67th year of operation and are proud to be one of the oldest active Model Railroad Clubs in Canada.

 

Any Club begins with a common interest shared by a few individuals who gather under one roof. There are many different ingredients that need to come together in order for those individuals to create the reality of that shared interest. The Brantford Model Railroad Club is just that. It started with a dream of a few individuals from diverse backgrounds who shared interest in the early technology and days of Model Railroading. From those early days evolved a Club which continues to promote the Hobby, add growing technology to the ingredients and is proud to be one of the oldest Model Railroad Clubs in Canada.

 

Take some time and follow this link to our history in words and pictures from our past, to what we are today.

 

Right Of Way

 

Work continues on our fully operational 20’ x 40’ HO Scale layout. Our members are always hard at work detailing, maintaining, and operating this large layout all the while sharing their passion for prototypical and model trains.


In addition to weekly ‘work nights’, our members participate twice a month for operating sessions in a positive and supportive environment. Additional work or operating sessions are also held depending on scheduling and member interest.


On operating nights, freights are assembled and disassembled in our yards. Industries are serviced by these freight trains using a car card system. A Dispatcher / Signals / and Engineer radio headsets add to the realistic operation of our layout. Locomotives and Trackage operate on a Digitrax Train Control ( DCC ) system.

 

Membership Information


We are accepting applications for membership from persons 18 years of age and over.
We welcome all Scale preferences, experience and interests.
You can join our members who share their love of trains and the hobby of model railroading.
Do you have a question regarding your own home layout or need assistance realizing your dream?
Our members are always willing to share their varied experience, talents, and knowledge of Model Railroading.