Associated Railroaders of Kingston

also known as
The Kingston Model Railroaders

Some Links to our favourite sites

Kingston Locomotive Works
Kingston's newest dealer run by club member, Dave Cook.  Dave is at both local shows.  He deals with Rapdio and many other manufacturers.  Local pick up is available as well as delivery to ARK meetings.

Lark Spur Line
One of the best train stores anywhere, and it is only about 1 hour and 20  minutes from Kingston.   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.   

TLA Custom Models
The local Lenz DCC dealer and the North American warranty repair centre for Lenz and it's located in Kingston!   The owner, John Licharson, is a gifted custom modeller, a member of our club and often has many useful tools in stock.  

Eric Gagnon's Trackside Treasure Blog
Eric is a club member who has authored a number of books and blogs about railway sightings and history.  His  main blog, Trackside Treasure, is a Canadian railway blog and is always worth a visit.

Gananoque Ontario  T-Trak (GOTT)
A new club be building in the T-Track-Z Standards. The T-Track Standards can be found on the Internet at T-TRACK Wiki, click on Clubs and you will find the club name is first in the Ontario list. Or contact Gerry O’Callaghan at gerryocallaghan054@gmail.comfor more information.

OVAR (Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders)
OVAR has been around since the sixties and is one of the most successful railway clubs in the country.   A few of us loved OVAR so much that we wanted a club like it in Kingston.  That's how the Associated Railroaders of Kingston came to be.  A social club that provides lots of opportunities to learn and make great friends.  

Canadian Express Line
Dave Cool is a regular Vendor at Kingston's Rail o Rama and many other train shows in the province.  He operates a mail order / online business out of Brighton, which is only 1 hour from Kingston.  His prices are very good and customer service is top notch.  

Frontenac Society of Model Enginners
The Frontenac Society of Model Engineers (FSME) is located in Kingston with track 20 km north of Highway 401 in Battersean.  They feature live steam and trains you can ride.  They usually have two open houses a year for the public although new members and volunteers are welcome.

Ottawa Valley Garden Railwaty Society 
A great group of guys that build and operate Garden Railways.  They are usually open to visitors and generous with their knowledge.  Be sure to contact them ahead of a visit, and you might be lucky enough to be handed a throttle and run a train.  

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.  Kingston is in the Niagara Frontier Region and is in the St. Lawrence Division.   A number of our members are members of the NMRA.

Intercolonial Railway: New Glasgow and Pictou Landing Branch Layout
One of our member's layouts that is currently being completely redesigned and rebuilt now that he has moved to Kingston.  Check out the site for updates on the progress.  This is also the site our club page is currently hosted on.

Greg Latiak's Bay of Quinte Railway Blog
One of our members has been blogging about his model railroad.  It is locally based on the line that ran from Deseronto north and northeast.  His railroad includes the CN Napanee viaduct.   The blog has updates on building, wiring and scenery.  He did a presentation on his layout to our July meeting.  Here are some pictures from his presentation

 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.  




Welcome to the home of the Associated Railroaders of Kingston also known as the Kingston Model Railroaders.  We are located in beautiful Kingston, Ontario.  Kingston is a city with a rich railway history.  We once hosted both CP and CN stations and are currently one of the busiest VIA Rail stations in Canada.  Kingston was also the home of the Canadian Locomotive Company(CLC).  Our distinctive logo is based on a CLC diesel builders plate.  Club members can choose to have a name tag with our logo.

Our club formed in early 2015.  There are no dues to belong and everyone is welcome.  We have a number of interests including building and operating modular layouts, working on and operating home layouts and offering clinics and other help to new modellers.  We currently have 95 members.

We normally meet on the second Tuesday of the Month at 5:30pm for dinner and a meeting at Denny's Restaurant in the Ramada Inn at Division Street and the 401 (except where noted)  Our focus this season may be building modules to represent the Hanley Spur....stay tuned.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday May 14th at Denny's on Division Street at 5:30pm.

Here is our presentation schedule for the next few months.

Wednesday April 17 Hanley Spur Meeting at St. James at 7pm.  All are welcome to come and plan this local modular layout.
Tuesday May 14th Micahel Pasch will present on a recent trip to Germany where he took in the famous Miniatur Wunderland.
Tuesday June 11th Members Night.  Bring along a few pictures to show us what you have been working on with your winter model railway projects.
Tuesday September 10th Malcolm Peakman will be presenting on early Canadian Steam Builders Plates as well as CLC Diesel and Steam Builders Plates.
Saturday / Sunday
September 14&15
ARK will be present and helping out at the new Napanee Train Show (10-4 both days) at the Arena on the Fairgrounds, 170 York Street.   For more information about the show call John (613) 354-4298
Saturday November 23 Railfair 2019 at the Kingston Legion from 10-4.  More details about ARK's 2nd Annual Show below.  

Our club is always open to new members.  We have adults and youth in the club.

If you would like to join us, drop us a line, feel free to contact Andy Chisholm at  If you would like to join for a dinner meeting please E-mail the Dinner Chair, Michael Pasch, so that Michael can give accurate numbers to the restaurant.


Model Train Show

Saturday November 23, 2019
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 560
734 Montreal Street, Kingston
10am to 4pm 

$5.00 for adults (13+)
$2.00 for Children 5-12

Free Parking
Wheel Chair Accessible
On Site Food Service
City Transit Accessible

Tables are available to rent.  For tables or more information about the show, please contact Paul Hunter

Please see the Railfair flyer or the show website for more details.

2018-2019 Executive

Chairman - Andy Chisholm
Vice-Chairman - Paul Hunter
Secretary-Treasurer - Andrew Taylor
Dinner Chair - Michael Pasch,
Train Shows (Railfair) - Paul Hunter
Program - Greg Latiak,  
Clinics and Workshops - Michael Pasch,
Membership - Kayleigh Hunter
Director at Large - Dave Cook
Director at Large - Raul Cirne

Our Purpose

The Associated Railroaders of Kingston (ARK) is a club made up of people who are interested in model railroading. The club does not have a club layout, thus allowing us to keep the club an informal association, free of internal politics, major capital investment and the complications inherent in hard rules or membership obligations. ARK makes up for this by giving you the opportunity to meet people who have, or are building, layouts, on which you can operate, work, contribute your skills or develop your knowledge. ARK meets the second Tuesday of each month, September to June (and sometimes in the summer) to pursue our interest in model trains. Each meeting, organized around a dinner, presents an opportunity to: meet others with similar interests; be entertained with a Program presented by speakers on different topics of interest to model railroaders.

What to do with an old layout / model railway items

We are frequently contacted by people trying to find a home for an old layout or model railway items.  We have been able to find good homes for many items given to us, including helping out some young people with limited means get into the hobby.  If you would like to sell items yourself, you could rent a table at our annual train show, or if you would like to sell items immediately, a local dealer, Kingston Locomotive Works, does purchase items. 

f you are interested in having us find a good home for your items by giving them to the club, please get in touch with Andy Chisholm at  If you are interested in selling to someone immediately, please get in touch with Dave at, if you are interested in selling items yourself at our November show, please get in touch with Paul Hunter at



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Last Updated: 13 Apr 2019