Special Events

National Steel Car – Tour

This massive railcar production in Hamilton’s north side is a preeminent Canadian freight car manufacturer. 

It is very rare to be allowed a look at their production facilities.  Guided by company employees. 

Limited to the first 20 conference applications, starts at 10:00 am on Saturday.  Safety shoes and clothing are preferred. No cameras.

Operating Session

On Friday May 22nd beginning at 1:30 pm to approximately 4:00 pm, the H.O. Model Engineers Society in Hamilton  (460 Wentworth St N, former Robert Land School) will be hosting an operating session for up to twenty guest conventioneers.

The HOMES  layout depicts TH&B operations in the mid-1950’s using actual dispatcher train sheets for the schedule, fast clocks, JMRI car forwarding, CTC signals and Digitrax throttles.

If you are interested in participating as a train crew member,  please check the box on the registration form.

For more information on the HOMES club layout, click here.

Dinner Speaker

DINNER SPEAKER  Bob Bratina, in addition to being an O-scaler, is currently Member of Parliament from Stoney Creek, a former mayor of Hamilton, and a former radio personality.  You can be assured of an entertaining presentation.

David Lee Layout

The David Lee layout was moved and rebuilt at the David Braley Medical Building at 100 Main West.  It will be on display during the convention on Friday ONLY.  Members of the Dundas Valley Modular Club will be on hand late in the afternoon to describe the move.

Bruegal-Bosch Bus

Artist and model railroader Kim Adams stands beside his creation, the Bruegel-Bosch Bus, a permanent display at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.  Made of model railroad parts, action figures, an actual VW bus and a skeleton driver, this is probably the most unusual layout you will ever see.  It is open during gallery hours, including the convention weekend.  Mr. Adams is usually not present; the trains are non operating.