There are a number of model railway clubs in and around Calgary. Each has its own membership policy and method of operation. Some clubs are actively seeking new members while others may be at capacity.
In general, the clubs operate independently of the Society, although the Society does have some of its board members appointed on the recommendation of specific clubs as outlined in the by-laws of the Society.
If you want further information about any of the clubs listed below, please contact that club directly.
If you are a member of a club which is not listed and your club would like to be included, send a note to the webmaster with the details and we will be glad to oblige.
If your club is listed below, please ensure that the information is current. Let the webmaster know if any changes are needed.
Clubs listed on this site:
Club Contact: Richard Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 403-288-1789
The Bow Valley Model Railroad Association is a private club consisting of about 20 members. We have no permanent space and meetings are usually held in members' homes, limiting the number of members. Members model eras from early 1900 to present, in steam and diesel, freight and passenger, prototype and freelance, mainly in HO but also in N and G gauge. Our modular HO layout is continuously changing, with over 220 feet of modules to choose from for displays at shows and other events. Modules are all double track mainline, with scenes varying from rural to freight yard, at members choice. The group participates in most model railroad activities in and around Calgary, going to about 6 shows or displays each year. We use Digitrax digital command equipment at shows and at many of the members' homes.
The Cal-O-Rail group was formed in 1974 and was the first "O" scale club in Calgary.
Our first layout at the Meredith Road location lasted for 22 years when we lost our lease due to possible redevelopment of the premises.
Our new location at the 18th. Scout Group hall is home to a fully functional, operating layout depicting the Canadian Rockies which continues towards completion and may be further expanded in the future.
We take part in" Supertrain" each year and host open houses when asked, we are currently building a new modular layout for the 2005 "Supertrain" show and are nearing completion of a 6 track passenger train storage yard.
We meet Tuesday evenings 7 - 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 - 3:30 p.m. and welcome visitors. Please call John Simpson 278- 0595 or Bert Haynes 249- 1641 for more information.
The Calgary British Railway Modelers are located in Calgary Alberta Canada. We've been together in one form or another since the mid 70's. First as the Calgary Chapter of the BRMNA (British Railway Modelers of North America)and since 1993 as the CBRM, although still affiliated with the BRMNA. We are a small informal group modeling British Prototypes in: N, OO,OO-9, and O scales. Our members have varied tastes from OO-9 Welsh narrow gauge to OO scale modern image. We generally meet bimonthly at member's homes or at the local pub.
We have a new club layout with plans for further improvements and additions. We also help individual member exhibit their layouts at shows and exhibitions.
Free Form Modular Group
Contacts: George Langley email@example.com, Doug Soeder 403-225-4144
HO Scale. Calgary Free-mo is a group of modelers building freeform modules in HO scale, to be compatible with the North American Free-mo Standards with a few dual standards for private setups. We are open to new members at anytime. We have no limits on number of modules or participants. Freeform modules are built with single or double track mainlines, can be any length and degree of curvature to a minimum of 42" radius. Modules can be arranged in any combination ( even flipped 180 degrees ) and assembled into layouts that run between staging yards and/or return loops. Members of the group help each other in all areas of module construction. We meet at the HMCS Tecumseh, 1820-24th St. SW, on the second Tuesday of the month. We also have construction and modeling sessions. For more detailed information, building standards and our next meeting date, visit our website at http://www.calgaryfreemo.ca/.
CMT is currently building a large HO scale layout in our club house. Layout is 24 x 80 feet and is a walkaround style. Some narrow gauge (HOn3) is included. Some signals are currently being installed. The layout is in all stages of finish from not-yet-built to final scenery completed. We operate the fictitious Chinook Western Railway. Era is set in the late 70's to early 80's. Wednesday nights are our meeting nights, starting about 7:30 and going until the last person leaves.
Cantrak Society of Model Railroaders (N-Scale)
CANTRAK operates an extensive N-scale layout (about 20 modules) that club members are continually redesigning through the addition of new modules and by super-detailing existing features. Some club members also operate home layouts that are supported and utilized by other club members. Club meetings are held Tuesday evenings at one of the members' houses. Bring your enthusiasm for model railroading in N scale. We'll supply the coffee and doughnuts.
Club activities include:
NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.
For more information regarding dates, times and locations of meetings - or more information about the club itself - email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the following:
The Copper Creek and Northwestern Railroad is a private club that currently consists of 4 equity members and two associate members. The layout is in a private home and is set up with the upper deck permanent and the lower deck module style for movement. Our track plan concept will include movements primarily East to West with branches North and South. It is loosely based on what happens between Vancouver and Regina, but we have taken modeler's license and moved it 400 miles due South. Although you will see some CP track power, the primary power comes from BN and UP. We operate DCC (Digitrax) and we hope to some day be fully signaled. Please check out our website to check on our progress.
We do meet every Tuesday night and our layout is not generally open to the public, but we will accommodate visitors if you give us a call ahead of time.
Kicking Horse Model Railroad Club
Club Contacts: Jered Hoskins, 403-612-0077 or Adam Meeks 403-608-2816
The Kicking Horse Model Railroad Club is a private club that currently consists of 6 members. Our 25' x 45' HO scale Kicking Horse Pass layout is set up semi-permanently in our shop and is dedicated to the accurate re-creation Canadian Pacific's spiral tunnels. The layout has been featured in Canadian Railway Modeler magazine and is known for its faithful representation of CPR's Laggan subdivision from the east switch of Partridge siding down to the short tunnel at the west switch of Cathedral siding. It is fully signaled and CTC dispatched, and operates using Digitrax command control. The layout is a replica of the area as it appears today, but we run a variety of equipment that spans a number of eras; from Selkirk-hauled passenger trains right up to the most modern diesels and intermodal trains.
We are currently in the process of constructing a 20' x 80' extension to the layout that will incorporate elements of CPR's Alyth classification yard, including a fully detailed shop area and a working hump.
We do not have a specific meeting night and our building is not generally open to the public, but we love visitors so please give us a call and set up a time to come by.
G Scale. The fastest growing sector of the hobby are garden railroads. Right now we have 41 members and we are still growing. We are open to new members whether they have a train or not. Our prime concern is to have fun and promote the hobby of railroading. Some of our members have track in their garage, some out in the garden, some running around the roof of their basement, and some just like to scratchbuild buildings. We are a very versatile group and generally have a lot of fun. Meetings are every third Thursday in the month except July and August when we have frequent open house meetings.
Club Contact: Daryl Faulkner, email@example.com 403-936-2024
(New members welcome)
HO Scale. A club of 6 modelers that meets every Thursday night. We are currently without a permanent layout, but we do have a large sectional layout (20'x36') that we operate during train shows such as Supertrain and Railway Days at Heritage Park. We've modeled the generic prairie town of Wild Rose & area, but the era and locale on the layout is variable -- it just depends on which member's train is running! Our members take pride in modeling accurate versions of whatever trains they fancy, be it Canadian Pacific during the 50's, or more modern day Union Pacific or BNSF trains. We like to use the layout as stage to show off the work of some talented modelers! We use Digitrax digital command control to run the layout; As well, the majority of our members run Digitrax on their home layouts. We attend about 4-5 major shows a year, and the remaining time we work on the scenery of the layout. Our 24', 9 track staging yard allows us to run a great variety of trains during the day. Our motto: "If you don't like the trains you see now, come back in an hour!"