Links to our favourite sites
model railway dealer run by our club chair, Dave Cook.
He deals with Rapdio and many other manufacturers. He has great
prices and excellent service. Local pick up is available as well as delivery to ARK meetings.
local Lenz DCC dealer as well as the Canadian supplier of Lenz products
operated by ARK's own, Michael Pasch
Gagnon's Trackside Treasure Blog
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.
local manufacturer and supplier of art supplies. Lots of
great items for model railways, including odour free mineral spirts,
graphite, blades, paints and more. Much of it is
manufactured in Kingston. It's downtown on Pricess Street
just south of Clergy Street.
Stephen Gardiner's Blog: Musing's on my Model Railroading Addicition
Gardiner presented at the December 2021 ARK meeting via Zoom on his
layout based on Liberty Village in Toronto. This is his blog
which includes information about his layout, Liberty Village and lots
of other things.
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.
(Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders)
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.
Cool is a regular vendor at 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.
Society of Model Enginners
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.
Valley Garden Railwaty Society
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.
Model Railroad Association
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
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
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.
Latiak's Bay of Quinte Railway Blog
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
Hamer's Boston and Main Blog
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
Welcome to the
home of the Associated Railroaders of Kingston also known as the Kingston Model
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.
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. While we have about 100 members, 20-30 come out regularly to our meetings.
WE HAVE A NEW LOCATION FOR OUR MEETINGS - SEE BELOW
meet on the Second Thursday of the month for a dinner meeting at 5:30pm
at Smitty's at 2376 Princess Street (in
the Chapters plaza where Bennett's Furniture is). Sometimes,
depending on the state of the pandemic or weather, we will meet via
Zoom on the same date at 7pm. Details below.
is our schedule for the next few months
|Thursday December 14
meeting at Smitty's on Princess Street at 5:30pm. Efram
Ellenbogen, of Picton, will present on his proto-freelanced home layout
based on CN operations "from around the turn of the century”
|Thursday January 10
||Dinner meeting at Smitty's on Princess Street at 5:30pm. Presentation to be announced
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 Dave Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to join for a dinner meeting
please E-mail the
Dinner Chair, Andy Chisholm, with your name and phone number so that he
can give accurate numbers to the restaurant. You can E-mail Andy
Please see the show
website for more details.
Chair- Dave Cook email@example.com
Vice-Chair - Paul Hunter firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary-Treasurer - Andrew Taylor email@example.com
Dinner Chair - Michael Pasch firstname.lastname@example.org
Program - Andrew Jeanes - email@example.com
Membership - Dave Cook - firstname.lastname@example.org
Director at Large, Website, Zoom Host - Andy Chisholm, email@example.com
Director at Large - Roger Trueman firstname.lastname@example.org
Director at Large - Raul Cirne email@example.com
Railfair - Paul Hunter firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Cadieux email@example.com
Hanley Spur - currently vacant
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
What to do
with an old layout / model railway items
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in selling to someone immediately, please get in
touch with Dave at email@example.com,
if you are interested in selling items yourself at our November show,
please get in touch with Paul Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org