Wednesday, March 3, 2021


 We have to get a better idea of our expenses, like heat and hydro, but for now club dues are $225 per year and if joining during the last 8 months of the year, dues are $25 per month for the rest of the first year. Dues are for the whole year, you may not say I only want to have a membership for 4 months. Members have to be tall enough to operate the layout, no stools are allowed, for the safety of all.

Meeting night

 Construction Decisions 

 Track level will be 48 inches 

Backdrop will be 2 feet high 

Benches will be mostly 30 x 72 inches and be faced with 1 x 4's and the rest will be 1 x 3's Minimum radius will be 30 inches 

Loop benches need to be at least 64 inches wide or 2 x 32 inches wide for single loops Double tracked, Center loop will have to be 6 feet across 

 The INTERCHANGE plan was adopted for the benchwork

 Jigs will be made to build the "H" support frames. 

The support frames will be 3 feet apart for most of the center peninsula 

 All lumber will be sorted to lengths

 Walls will be repaired with appropriate panels and not painted


 Treasurer's report was read and adopted. For Covid 19 we are classed as a SOCIAL GROUP All covid rules are to be followed For now our membership level is set at 25 people No DC equipment will be run on the layout Water is turned off between sessions. We will go back to our schedule of Tuesday night at 7 and Fridays at 1 Jim's ballast was accepted, thank you Jim has all the turnouts wired and checked for good operating conditions, thank you. Thanks were expressed for Cliff and his pickup Boxed material was stored in the closet I think I remembered everything.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Fairgrounds army camp

At the fairgrounds, next to Club Cartier building, a stone Memorial Cairn was erected by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #55 of Woodstock, on August 13, 1995, the plaque reads:

 Map from the Woodstock Museum collection, is at the right.

" The Woodstock Fairgrounds played a very necessary role during the war effort of 1939-45. On August 8th, 1940, the Department of National Defence of Ottawa, decided to use the 15-to-20 acre site of the fairgrounds as the No.11 Militia Training Centre. Mr. Vance of James A. Vance Construction Ltd., of Woodstock, was chosen to supervise the construction of 30 buildings to house and accommodate 1,000 trainees and staff; which had to be completed on a very tight timetable A few of the buildings are still in use today: one is the renovated Club Cartier at the west end next to( Fidler Ave. and )Rathbourne Ave." 
Quoted from the Woodstock newsgroup by Paul Roberts.
Picture of vehicles is also from this article. 

For more information also see the collection section of the Woodstock Museum. 
Adam Pollard
Collection/Exhibit Coordinator

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Moving In to Our New Location

 On Feb 16, Oxford County moved from Lockdown to Red Tier which means we have a bit more flexibility to move around the community as long as we respect the pandemic protocols. So on Thursday, Feb.18 at 2 pm, several masked club members descended on our trailer storage unit and loaded up Cliff's truck and a number of member vehicles and began shuttle rums to our new club layout location in the Cartier Building at the Fairgrounds.

We were somewhat selective in our unloading process so that we are bringing the things we need to start building the layout such as lumber saved from our last layout to build the frame-work base for the new layout, plywood to sit on the framework. Of course, a lot of smaller boxes were also transported because they fit best in member SUV's and vans.

Here we see the stuff loaded at the trailer being unloaded at the Cartier Building, a former WW2 army barracks with a little known history in Woodstock that may appear in future blogs. The Slots next door were helpful in permitting us to drive over the curb into their staff parking lot, bypassing the gate at the normal entrance. This meant we didn't have to carry our stuff from outside the parking lot.  

Here are happy, masked "truckers" socially distanced in our new location, a clear span area as large or larger than our former location and on the ground floor shared with no one. We had a second shuttle run on Feb.19 with a third planned on Feb.26. We will soon be all moved in ready to get building when things open up, hopefully sooner rather than later. 


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Getting back.

 We now have a lease, insurance, and keys, now we are waiting for a change in the lock down. It looks like next Tuesday there will be an announcement. 

Plans for our new layout have been on our Facebook group page, The Woodstock model railroad club and Glen recently sent four out via email, for our members comments.

Moving forward, I guess there is some clean up, repair, and painting to be done. Then we need to move all our stuff out of the trailer. 

Next we need to design and build the benchwork. The overall space of about 23 x 57 feet, a little narrower and a little longer but, it should give us a little more room than we had before. There is also a lounge/work area of about 13 x 13 feet.

Hope we get back soon!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Rising From The Ashes to a New Beginning


The last post left the reader with a sad tale of a layout vision planned for the second story of the building in the foreground only to see our hopes dashed by the fire that destroyed the barn right behind it. The heat damage and cost to fix up meant that this building has to be demolished as well. The remains of two barns behind this building have now been cleaned up.Instead of moving what we salvaged from our Devonshire layout to this building, we needed a new plan. So what to do?? 

With our layout now deconstructed into boxes of things we could save, lumber from walls and layout structure plus a lot of scenery garbage to get rid of, the push was on to find another location, hopefully on a ground floor and at an affordable cost. Alas, the fall weeks went by with no viable options so our chief came to the rescue with a place to store our stuff before the winter cold and snow arrived. He prevailed on a friend to loan us a 53' trailer that was no longer roadworthy but weathertight and lockable. With pandemic protocals adhered to, we transported our goods to this location where they are as I write this. Several members' basements are storing fragile items such as structures, products that could freeze, electronics, etc. And the push continued to find another location. A Facebook page was set up to keep members informed about possible layout designs if and when a place was found.

As time unfolded, it became evident that another fairgrounds building might hold promise as a new location for our layout. We were able to have a tour and while it needed heat and water, the clear span interior offered great layout design possibilities. Negotiations were entered into and a deal struck. The furnace from the Wallace building was moved over and hooked up and the water also hooked up now that the building is heated. We are tenants as of Febuary 1 with key in hand. With everything in pandemic lockdown, we can't move in until things open up but we can seriously plan what is going where for both building and layout. Stay tuned as we start a new chapter in the Woodstock Model Railroad Club. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Friday Update

 Yesterday afternoon shortly after lunch, Rob and Glen transported 2 van loads of layout materials to the trailer for storage. Tom met us there. Any materials that should not be frozen [paint, glue, etc.] are being stored in members' basements or taken to the city yard on Saturday for disposal as hazardous material. Rob made the necessary appointment. We had a brief chat with the weldshop owner about bringing more items to the trailer next Tuesday night which will require accessing & resetting the alarm. 

Next Tuesday night's work session will be our last at the Devonshire location so strong arms and stable bodies are needed to move the remaining lumber and other items to Cliff's truck and vans if necessary. A sofa and chair are included in the move. PLEASE BE THERE AT 6 PM so the move can be done in daylight.

Chief Don says there is room for regular group get togethers at his business location at 80 Norwich Ave., just south of Len's Mill Store. Use Len's parking lot. Frequency of such meetings yet to be decided. Don is expecting some kind of update on the Wallace Building by Tuesday.