Club “Building a model railway course” re-appears in Canada

Back in 2013/4 I had some correspondence with a Canadian modeller who had seen our website a reference to our “Building a Model Railway” course with Liphook U3A. We agreed a token price and I sent PDF’s of the course notes. Never heard from him again- & no money!

Despite a couple of follow ups no response & I thought he was dead!

Imagine my surprise when a link about a model railway course popped up in a Google search recently- its from 2014. We did receive a mention…


Ever had an inclination or interest in model railroads? Ever wonder how one gets into model railroads and how one goes about developing one? Well, coming down the track is your opportunity to learn all you need to know either to get started or to develop even further your interests in railroads especially of the model” kind! The course is based upon one offered in England by the “Liphook & District Model Railway Club”. That Club has provided plentiful information that we will be sharing. And we can accommodate those with either a basic or a more in-depth knowledge of model railroads. So, if you think you might enjoy learning about model railroads or you wish to extend your already existing knowledge, here’s a great opportunity. Jump aboard and enjoy the hobby. You will receive a CD with all course notes in PDF format and, there will also be material available during each session to offer you a hands-on experience.

The Course will be held over four sessions (days):

# 1: History of Model Railroading in North America and Europe: “scale” and “gauges”, layouts and locations, types of models.
# 2: Constructing layout tables, laying tracks, switches and roadbed alternatives; basic wiring and controls; understanding DC and DCC / Computer controls.
# 3: Scenery, landscape methods and materials, backdrops, trees, grass; and buildings and structures;
# 4: Engines, rolling stock types, layout vehicles; operation and maintenance.

Instructor: Vic Nelson
Vic Nelson was born in Windsor (Walkerville) Ontario and worked in the Automotive Industry as a Manufacturing Engineer for almost 40 yrs. Retired from Ford Motor Company in 2007 and moved to Kingsville, Ontario. He has been a member of The Canadian Association of Railroad Modellers (CARM) for the past 10 years. He is currently enjoying working on an HO scale layout in his home.

Canterbury Elder College provides learning opportunities for older adults (55+) who wish to enrich their lifestyle through active involvement, education and contribute to the social and cultural development of their communities.

Where: Kingsville Fire Department (1720 Division Street North. Kingsville)

When: April 16, 17, 23 & 24, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Course Fees: $35 + HST = $39.55

To register, or for further details, please visit Canterbury Elder College’s website: or call us at 519-253-3000 x 4944