Four years after having to move to a new location, the Association of Railway Modellers of Montreal—owners of the Canada Central Railway—has to move again.
Founded in 1950, the club was in its former location, a CN warehouse, for 38 years.
After being required to move from that location, the club found a new home and started over.
But now they have to move again; I’m told the building will be turned into a parking garage.
This is beyond sad for the club and its members; the layout, which is under construction, looks great.
And yet it’s a story often told—renting space for a layout puts a club at the whim of a landlord.
Two other signature layouts in Canada found this out the hard way recently; the Model Railroad Club of Toronto had to vacate its old premises after 66 years in the same location, as did the Aberfoyle Junction, which had to leave after 30 years.
Both the Toronto and Aberfoyle clubs found new space; let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen to them that happened to the Canada Central.
Meantime, here are a few photos of the progress on the Canada Central, courtesy of Tony Synett. More of Tony's photos of the club can be found here.