Montreal Train Show

The Montreal Train Show will be held in September 2016, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th.

American Invasion of Ottawa

The next American Invasion of Ottawa will be held from Thursday July 14 to Monday July 18, 2016.

Ottawa Valley Garden Railway Society

Our Mission: To promote friendship and have fun through garden railroading.

The OVGRS Operating Season

The OVGRS Operating Season usually runs from Victoria Day (3rd Monday in May) to Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October). We hope to see everyone back this May.

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RADIO CONTROL THROTTLE (TRANSMITTER) SETTINGS

The Radio Control Throttle Settings page was updated with the RF-Channel and Group ID for Steve McKenzie’s Revolution throttle. These throttle setting are found in the RADIO CONFIGURE menu of Revolution throttles.

Club members must check these tables before programming any throttles they intend to use while operating on the OVGRS club railways in order to eliminate any radio frequency interference with other club members throttles. Any new or deleted throttle settings should be e-mailed to Paul Norton so these tables can be kept current.


WESTERN NEW YORK GRS and BIG TRAIN OPERATORS CLUB

The link for the Western New York Garden Railway Society was added to the Garden Railway Club Links page.

The link for the Big Train Operators Club was added to the Garden Railway Club Links page.


BATTERY POWERED AND RADIO CONTROLLED USA TRAINS F3-A

An article on how to add battery power and radio control to a USA Trains F3-A diesel was posted in the “Locomotive Projects” section. The installation uses a Remote Control Systems: Plug and Play Board, 10 amp RailLinx 900 receiver, Lights Relay Board, BIKU6 battery switch kit, and a Cordless Renovations CR-2225 Lithium-Ion battery.

The RCS Lights Relay Board allows the main circuit board to remain intact to power the USA diesel’s lights.

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A simple wiring harness is made from the redundant track power wires and a couple of 2-wire connectors to power the motors directly by the receiver and provide an MU connector to power a trailing F3-B diesel.

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To view the article, click on this link: USA Trains F3-A.


2016 AMERICAN INVASION OF OTTAWA

The annual American Invasion of Ottawa will be held from Thursday July 14 to Monday July 18, 2016.

On Thursday, Barry Birkett in Belleville, Ontario will host both narrow gauge and standard gauge railway operations on his Quinte and Eastern Ontario Railway.

On Friday, Fred Mills in Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario will host standard gauge railway operations on the Ironwood, Peter’s Pond & Western Railroad and Rat Portage & Mattawa Railroad.

On Saturday, Fred Mills in Nepean (Ottawa), Ontario will host narrow gauge railway operations on the Ironwood, Peter’s Pond & Western Railroad and Rat Portage & Mattawa Railroad.

Sunday is usually a travel day for those attendees going home or to Finger Lakes, NY. But for those with time to spare, Doug Matheson will host a modern standard gauge operation on his Northland Railroad in Manotick, a suburb of Ottawa.

On Monday, The Finger Lake Live Steamers in Marengo, New York will host standard gauge passenger train operations. There will also be some larger scale ride-on trains available to ride on.

If there is enough interest, they will do a car card railway operation on both the gauge one and one inch scale railways as well.


REVOLUTION SYSTEM MANUALS

The most current manuals for the Revolution Receiver and other components are found in the Support Section of Crest Electronics. If the information differs from that written on this web site prior to the new revisions, the on-line manuals available on the Crest Electronics web site should take precedence. To access any of the manuals, click on the Crest Electronics link.


NEW MATERIAL FOR THE OVGRS WEB SITE

Mike Hamer, an enthusiast in both HO and large scale model railroading, has posted hundreds of pictures on his bog GARDEN RAILROADING OTTAWA. The blog includes a weekly picture gallery of railway operations on garden railways in the Ottawa area and beyond.

I encourage you to visit Mike’s blog. The pictures can be viewed in a larger format by simply clicking once on the first one, and then selecting the others using the icons at the bottom of the screen. Don’t forget to view the picture galleries in his Archive Section as well. They date back as far as the 2013 American Invasion of Ottawa.

Chris Lyon, another enthusiast in both HO and large scale model railroading, also has a lot of information on both scale in his LYON VALLEY NORTHERN blog.

Chris has also worked with Mike to create a number of videos of large scale train operations.

Colin Churcher, our Nelson Yard Yardmaster, has also posted pictures of his many trips to Europe on his Colin Churcher 2105 blog. It features amazing scenic, travel and transportation related photos. You really should have a look-see!