Keeping Track at the Burlington Model Railway Club

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The Burlington Model Railway Club held an open house at its clubhouse in Hidden Valley Park in Burlington, attracting enthusiasts young and old who share a love of trains.

The club was established in the early 1980s as an “HO” club, meaning the model trains are 1:87 scale compared to the real deal. Since then they have expanded to include smaller ‘N’ trains which are 160 times smaller than the real trains and much larger ‘G’ or Garden scale trains which could be up to 24 times smaller small.

Garden-wide trains run on a series of tracks located behind the clubhouse.

A ‘G’ or Garden scale train travels on one of the tracks outside.Barry Gray / The Hamilton Spectator

Members gather weekly to share their passion for the hobby and tinker with displays, which are a marvel of homes, buildings and other structures meticulously recreated to add character to the scenery as the trains loop through. slow around the multiple lanes.

Several public viewing sessions are planned over the next few months after a long hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

The next opening will take place on June 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two young boys watch a model train pass by.
Two young boys watch a model train pass by.Barry Gray

For more information, visit burlingtonmodelrailwayclub.ca.

An HO scale train passes a model of the Farmers Co-Op.  Countless hours are spent by members creating small buildings and structures to mimic towns and cities.
An HO scale train passes a model of the Farmers Co-Op. Countless hours are spent by members creating small buildings and structures to mimic towns and cities.Barry Gray
An HO scale train rolls along a track inside the clubhouse.
An HO scale train rolls along a track inside the clubhouse.Barry Gray
Friends Zoey, Logan, Max and Hugh watch a model train pass by.
Friends Zoey, Logan, Max and Hugh watch a model train pass by.Barry Gray
The Burlington Model Railway Club hosted an open house at its Hidden Valley clubhouse in Burlington on Saturday, giving model train fans access to their indoor and outdoor exhibits.  Here, a 'G' scale model of a TH&B locomotive moves along the outer track.
The Burlington Model Railway Club hosted an open house at its Hidden Valley clubhouse in Burlington on Saturday, giving model train fans access to their indoor and outdoor exhibits. Here, a ‘G’ scale model of a TH&B locomotive moves along the outer track.Barry Gray

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