Some Links to our favourite sites

Lark Spur Line
One of the best train stores anywhere, and it is right in Merrickville.   There is lots of stock and many interesting used items for estate purchases.  They order once a week on Sundays and usually have the product Friday afternoon.   Lark Spur Line has been a great support to our club.

TLA Custom Models
A small hobby shop in an outstanding B&B in Wilton, Ontario (Just West of Kingston).  The owner, John Licharson, is a gifted custom modeller and keeps many useful tools in stock.  He is also the area's Lenz dealer and warranty repair centre.

Bytown Railway Society
An Ottawa based railway group that restores heritage railway equipment, produces the premier Canadian rail new magazine, Branchline, and produces a number of publications including the annual Trackside Guide.  Andrew is a member of the BRS.

Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders
A great association of area model railroaders that helped to get our club started.  This site has links to some great layouts in the area.  Both Robert and Andrew are members of OVAR.

National Model Railroad Association
An international association that provides a wealth of resources to model railroaders that includes standards for manufacturers, award program for modellers and some great conventions and shows.  Merrickville is in the Niagara Frontier Region and is in the St. Lawrence Division.   A number of our members are members of the NMRA.

Smiths Falls Railway Museum
Located about 20km west of Merrickville, this museum is great place to visit.  It is housed in a former Canadian Northern Railway Station built in 1914.  They have 10 acres of things to see and do! See steam and diesel locomotives.

Andy's Intercolonial Railway: New Glasgow and Pictou Landing Branch Layout
Andy's layout  Check out the site for updates on the progress.

Mike Hamer's Boston and Main Blog
Mike Hamer's Boston and Maine Layout in Ottawa was featured in an annual issue of Model Railroader's "Great Model Railroads" a few years ago and it is a gem.  Our club is going to visit Mike's layout in September and Mike is going to teach us how to make trees and shrubs for our layout.   Check out the blog and join the conversation with Mike.  

Michel Boucher's Delaware and Hudson Layout
3 members of our club Andrew Chisholm, Robert Peck and Neil Lowes are regular operators at this excellent layout in Alymer, Quebec.  Two Monday evenings a month, Michel opens his layout to a small group of operators and runs some really challenging operating sessions.  

The Friday Night Group Blog
A group of Ottawa area model railroad enthusiasts who meet weekly to run each other's layouts and enjoy the camaraderie model railroading offers.  Mike Hamer is a member of this group.



Merrickville Model Railroad Club

June 2014 Update

We have made some great progress on Robert's layout and had a good operating session on Andy's layout. .  With the warm weather we plan on doing some railfanning and working on layouts with air conditioning.

If you would like to join us, send us an E-mail to be included in updates on where we will be each week.

If you would like to join us or get E-mail updates feel free to E-mail our President, Robert Peck at The club is currently working on member layouts in the area.  

For a picture of the club members  from our first meeting, click here

Check out our picture page for pictures from past events and club nights

Here are some pictures from our evening of tree making with Mike Hamer



From time to time people contact us about what do with an old layout and the trains and buildings.  We have been able to find good homes for a lot of model railroad buildings, rolling stock, engines and scenic supplies. This has included 2, 4X8 layouts we have built and raffled off for CHEO (our local children's hospital), building a shelf layout for a local child as well as giving pieces to local children and youth who are just getting started.  We have also been able to give pieces to a cancer patient who finds model railroading to be a way of relieving his stress and worry.

One thing to consider is that the technology and quality of manufacturing has changed so much in the last decade that older equipment has very little value.  We are not in a position to sell anything, but will promise to find a good home for it.

Please contact our president, Robert Peck at for more information.


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