also known as
The Kingston Model Railroaders

Some Links to our favourite sites

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.  

Leading Edge Hobbies
Kingston's only hobby store that carries model train items.  They have good selection of Woodland Scenics products, paint, rolling stock, motive power, track and other items in N, HO and other scales.   They also carry a wide selection of tools, paints and adhesives.   They order regularly from Walthers and others.

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.

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.  

Michel Boucher's Delaware and Hudson Layout
An 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.  This layout has been featured twice in Railroad Model Craftsman




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 75 members.

We normally meet on the second Tuesday of the Month at 6:00pm 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 will be on round robins working on each other's layouts and operating sessions on layouts.

We will be hosting some Saturday morning clinics for the winter months.  

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday February 13th at St. James Anglican Church, 10 Union Street West at Union.  Pancake Supper from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Meeting at 6:30pm.  The Pancake Supper is put on by the church.

Here is our presentation schedule for the next few months.

Tuesday February 13 Pancake Supper at St. James 5:00-6:30pm   Meeting at 6:30pm at St. James.  Kurt Vollenwyder will present on Cog Railways.  Pancake Supper is $7.00 each and put on by the church.  St James is at 10 Union Street West at Barrie.
Tuesday March 13 Eric Gagnon will present on the top 10 myths of Model Railroading.
Tuesday April 10 Members Layout Night at Denny's on Division Street at 6:00pm.  Bring along 5-6 pictures on a USB drive of what you have been doing on your layout to share with the group
Tuesday May 8 Program to be announced.  Denny's at 6pm
Tuesday June 12 Program to be announced.  Denny's at 6pm
Tuesday July 10 Summer Dinner out with layout visit.
Tuesday August 14th Summer Picnic on Amherst Island at Greg Latiak's place.  Pot luck picnic and an opportunity to see Greg's Bay of Quinte Model Railway.  

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 - Ron Snipe at so that Ron can give accurate numbers to the restaurant.


Model Train Show

Saturday November 24
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. Please contact Paul Hunter

Please see the Railfair flyer for more details.

2017-2018 Executive

Chairman - Andy Chisholm
Vice-Chairman - Michael Pasch
Secretary-Treasurer - Andrew Taylor
Dinner Chair - Ron Snippe
Train Shows (Railfair) - Paul Hunter
Program - Greg Latiak, assisted by Doug Burrell /
Clinics and Workshops - Mike Donoghue assisted by Tim Kuhlmann /
Membership - Andy Chisholm assisted by Mike Lindsay


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.


Copyright 2015-2017,  Associated Railroaders of Kingston aka the Kingston Model Railway Club

Last Updated: 07 Feb 2018