The National Capital Region has many model railroad enthusiasts within its boundaries. Quite a number of the modellers have constructed wonderful model railroad layouts where beautiful scenery, carefully crafted buildings and creative track work abound. These layouts are a passionate labour of love for their builders. Many modellers are happy to display their handiwork and answer questions about the hobby, including how to get started, scenery building and the hobby in general.

To share many of these wonderful layouts, an annual event begins this year, on Saturday, October 21, 2017 – the “Capital Region Model Railway Tour”. Select modellers have offered to open their layouts for the day and host visitors who would like to see what model railroading is all about. The event is open to any member of the public who has an interest in the hobby of model railroading. Come out and see some great layouts and share the enthusiasm of our model railroaders!

How does one participate? Registration will occur at the Ottawa St. Anthony Italia Soccer Club Hall, 523 St. Anthony Street, off Preston Street at the 417/Queensway in Ottawa, October 21st, from 9:00 am. to 3:00 pm. Adults are $5.00, photo ID required, with children & youth under 16 free. Participants will receive a day pass and a tour booklet from which to choose the layouts they wish to visit. A GPS will be an essential tool – or a good city map – to guide your driving from one place to another over the course of the day. This self-guided tour may take you from Orleans to Kanata, from Barrhaven to Renfrew. Likely, you will want to visit 4-5 layouts, so come early to get started planning your day! There will be lots of choices, close to home and further afield.

Visit to kindle your interest. And put the date in your calendars to join enthusiasts and explore the hobby of model railroading and how you can get started on a layout of your own. Members are there to help you any time!