Welcome to the online presence of the Guelph Model Railroad Society – the home of Pacific Western Rail. Founded more than 50 years ago, the club currently maintains a large point-to-point HO scale layout with over 800m of track and hundreds of items of rolling stock.
We are an operating club. The railroad operates most Wednesday evenings running through-freights, switched freight trains, and passenger trains using a card system. The layout includes both mainline and branchline operations situated in the 1960s and 70s.
Our layout is completely DCC equipped and supports both wireless and plugged throttles. We use a Digitrax command station. There are three main yards on the layout with many intermediate destinations for dropping and picking cars.
Whether you are an avid model railroader with years of experience, or brand new to the hobby looking to learn how it all works, the Guelph Model Railroad Society is ready to welcome you. All you need to be is over 18* and have a keen interest.
We have different classes of membership. Our highest class ( Engineer members) comes with keys to the layout so that you can run trains whenever you wish, 24/7/365. (Yes. Some of us are train-crazy.) Becoming an Engineer Member is a great way to make our layout into your layout.
If you would like to explore joining our club, drop a note to email@example.com and one of our members will get back to you. We will arrange to have you join us for an operating session — usually held on Wednesday evenings — and you can learn all about membership and our layout.
Watch for announcements of upcoming Train Shows when we welcome everyone interested in model trains to visit the layout. (Details of our next Train Show can be found on the VISIT OUR LAYOUT tab. ) It’s a great outing for children with lots for them to spot. They might find a hidden dinosaur or maybe an HO scale Thomas the Tank Engine on a flatcar on its way to the service yard.
Regrettably our lower level facility is not mobility accessible.
* Teenagers under 18 can join with parent or sponsor.