MVAR Rail Club Hobby for all ages
History MVAR:
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As of the time of writing, we have members from Carleton Place, Almonte, Kanata, Perth, Innisville, Arnprior, Kemptville, West Carleton, Prospect, Maberly, Constance Bay, Nepean, Stittsville, Ashton, Lombardy and Smiths Falls. History: The club began in 1987 with four gentlemen, Bill Brown, David McCurdy, Dale Moulton and Bill Schaubs, getting together Saturday mornings in a booth at the Olympia Restaurant in downtown Carleton Place. As word spread of these “railroad guys”, more people began to show up. After being denied a private room, the group moved to the back room at the Gourmet Restaurant on Hwy #7. We still meet there. It soon became apparent that a more formal club was needed, discussions were held about a name and a badge theme. For the name, we took the name of a sister club in Ottawa, Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders (OVAR) and changed the first word to the name of the river that flows through the town Carleton Place, the Mississippi River. Thus the name Mississippi Valley Associated Railroaders (MVAR). There was a time when Carleton Place was an important CPR division point, and had a very large engine maintenance facility. A graphic design and colour combination of CPR Maroon and Grey was chosen to honour recognize that heritage. The badge is displayed on our home page. In 1992 the group membership was still growing and it was decided that an Executive Committee was required to run the club. With this formalization the club has earned the right to be called a railroad club. What MVAR has to offer: Many MVAR members have a wealth of knowledge which is willingly shared, covering areas such as layout planning, benchwork, track laying, wiring, scenery, etc. Regular meeting and less formal get-togethers are great for help and information exchange. Sometimes, on-site help is available. In recent years club members have established two modular groups one for 'N' scale and one for “HO” scale. For each group the modules are individually owned. group members can have as many modules as wished, although ownership of a module is not a requisite for participation in the group. The modular system makes it possible to put together very large portable layouts in both “N” and “HO”, only limited by the number of modules available. For members of the modular groups the club now sets aside the 2 nd  Thursday in each month at the Carleton Place Arena More details on the modules elsewhere on this and other sites. Many of our members still meet for Sat. breakfast at the Gourmet Restaurant, Hwy.7, in Carleton Place. Arrivals are spread from about 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and departures are usually between 8:30 and 9:00. Also, some members get together for coffee on Wed. at the Second Scoop, Almonte, around 9:30 am.Along with these  informal meetings, the club has a more formal assembly on the 4th Thursday of the month from September to June, with the exception of December. The September and January (and May?) meetings are usually dinner meetings in a restaurant in or around Carleton Place. Programs such as a slide show, clinic or guest speaker are presented at these meetings,  In late June, there is a BBQ. To accommodate those still earning a pay cheque, the BBQ is usually held on a Sat. Check the Events page for information.
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