Belleville, Ontario

July 17 (Wednesday): Barry Birkett will open his layout in Belleville, Ontario for visitors coming to the American Invasion.

American Invasion

July 19-20 – The American Invasion of 2019.

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Fred Mills will host the next IPP&W ops session on Saturday July 27. It will be standard gauge.

You can see photos of last Friday’s and Saturday’s American Invasion on Mike Hamer’s web page: GARDEN RAILROADING OTTAWA.  Photos by Mike, Mark and Bernie, videos by Malcolm Vant.

Congrats Paul !

We are pleased to announce that Paul Anderson has won the Herb McEwan award at the June meeting of the Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders (OVAR).

This award is presented annually to the OVAR member who has made an outstanding contribution to the hobby of railroading and includes an HO scale business car with a plaque on the side of it – see photos below.

Paul is an active member of the OVGRS and is also a long-standing member of HOTRAK, In addition to contributing many modules for HOTRAK set-ups, he is an innovator and Digitrax guru, and has been HOTRAK’s Road Foreman for many years.

He is also involved in many other model railroading organizations such as the Canadian Association of Railway Modellers (CARM), the St. Lawrence Division of the National Model Railroad Association, and the Capital Region Model Railway Tour planning group and is a key organizer of HOTRAK’s participation in the annual Arnprior Model RR show.


Recently added – A Calendar of Events, Rail Traffic Control,  a Simplified Rule Book, and an MoW work log.

Members Blogs

Mike Hamer, an enthusiast in both HO and large scale model railroading, has posted hundreds of pictures on his blog GARDEN RAILROADING 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.