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Events 2005

2005 American Invasion

This year the Ottawa Valley Garden Railroad Society hosted the fourth annual American Invasion of Ottawa on July 15th, 16th and 17th. It was a tremendous success with thirteen visitors from six different states taking part. Here is the group photo taken just before Saturday’s operation. In the back row from left to right: Greg …

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2005 Chuck Walters’ Steam Up

On Saturday, the 21st of May 2005, Fred Mills and Doug Matheson journeyed down to Oswego NY to participate in a steam-up held by the Upstate Live Steamers. Chuck Walters with his fiancée Sharon and son Andrew hosted the get together which featured 10 steamers and 12 locos. Back Row – Tom Bowdler, Don Sauer, …

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2005 David McCurdy’s RGS Garden Railway

On Saturday, the 18th of June 2005, a “run what you brung day” was held by OVGRS member Dave McCurdy. In just two years Dave has laid over 500 feet of mainline on his Rio Grande Southern garden railway in Carleton Place west of Ottawa. Most of the railway is raised and the roadbed and …

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2005 East Coast Large Scale Train Show

Twelve members of the OVGRS made the long haul to York, PA to take in the 2005 East Coast Large Scale Train Show (ECLSTS). Entering the door, I was overwhelmed by how much this show has grown since New Jersey. All the major manufacturers were there, along with a number of their largest retailers. There …

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2005 Gatineau Train Show

Mont Blue Ford in Gatineau By Richard Mercer On the weekend of February 19th and 20th, 2005 Lawrence Watkins and I took large scale railroading to the Province of Quebec. The show held in the main showroom at the Mont Bleu Ford Dealership in Gatineau amidst vehicles for public display. Setup was done on the …

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2005 Iroquois Train Show

Richard Mercer and Lawrence Watkins ran their indoor modular garden railroad at the 2005 Seaway Railroad Show at the local Iroquois High School April 23rd and 24th, 2005. Their indoor, garden railroad is made up of twelve modules forming a rectangle of about 10 by 15 feet. The modules are 16 inches wide on one …

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2005 Ottawa Central Railway Open House

On Saturday, the 30th of April 2005, the Ottawa Central Railway (OCR) had an open house at the Walkley Yard in Ottawa. Although the weather was wet, many railway enthusiasts were on hand to enjoy the day. The OCR started operation on December 13th 1998. It runs between Pembroke, Ontario and Coteau, Quebec. It interchanges …

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2005 OVGRS Opening Day

April 9, 2005 – Thanks to some pesistantly good weather, the Ironwood, Peter’s Pond and Western Railway was able to open early this year. A good crowd was on hand to watch a freight train with a couple of reefers of fresh produce, meat and beer make the first train to run. Blocking the train in …

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