The next OVAR meeting is

Tuesday 10 February, 2015


John Bush,
Cumbres & Toltec Railway

Running a Steam Tourist Railway in the 21st Century

Display: Passenger Equipment

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Presented by the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Ottawa Train Expo returns on
April 25-26, 2015 at the
CIH Arena in Rockland, and is currently recruiting exhibitors.
Details on the show website.

Notice concerning OVAR dinners:

If you indicated that you were coming (or are on the Automatic-Yes list), and have to cancel, PLEASE inform the Dinner Chair or any member of the Executive by the morning of Friday before the meeting.

The caterers must be told how many meals to prepare, and they can charge us for no-shows!

Please support our Sponsors!

Westbound CP freight crosses the Little Pic River at Neys, ON.
Photo: Seanna Watson, August 2012.
Link to 8-minute video

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About OVAR

The Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders - OVAR - is a club, established in 1961, made up of people who are interested in model and prototype railroading. Unlike many other railroad oriented clubs, OVAR does not have a club layout. This has allowed 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. OVAR 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.

OVAR meets the second Tuesday of each month, September to June, to pursue our interest in trains. Each meeting, organized around a dinner (click here for details), presents an opportunity to:

  • meet others with similar interests;
  • be entertained with a Program presented by local, national and internationally known speakers;
  • see what other members have done at the Display;
  • have some fun!

Most OVAR members are active model railroaders, and are happy to share their experience, provide advice and help others facing problems they may already have solved.