The Barrie-Allandale Model Railway Association has been around since 1963 evolving several times along the way to find themselves where they are today. When the club was originally founded it was call the Lake Simcoe Railway Modellers, the name of the club was changed in the early 1990’s to more accurately reflect the fact the club was in Barrie.
The Barrie-Allandale Model Railway members meet every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30pm. Possible new members are always welcome with only two restrictions. Possible new members must be at least 18 years of age and you must supply and maintain a National Model Railroad Association membership.
The club’s current layout is a 16×20 foot, 3 loop layout. The layout is made out of modular sections that are 2 feet by 4 feet, allowing each member of the club to work on their own section at home, on their own time. The modularity of the layout also allows the club to disassemble the loop for easy transport to shows and events.
Each year the Barrie-Allandale Model Railway Association host their annual model train show held at Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery. The show attracts a large number of vendors, selling everything from books, and slot cars, to high end model train equipment and everything in between. There are also a number of model train clubs and associations on had with their layouts up and running for all to see. If you get a chance to experience the show I would highly recommend it, children’s eyes just light up when they see the trains going around.
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