Other North American organisations of interest.

(Last June 16th, 2013)



The BRMNA and other groups.

After the BRMNA was formed in June 1968 membership grew steadily. Its present size is around 330 members most of whom live in Canada and the US.

Over time, as individuals with similar interests got in touch with one another through BRMNA, groups tended to form in some of the larger population centres and in other countries. In some instances these groups operated as a BRMNA local chapter, while in others they formed their own organisation. However, the one thing they all have in common is that they exist to cater for those modelling the British scene from outside of the British Isles.

The following is a listing of the known groups and contacts. If you reach a group through this list, please inform your contact where you heard about the organisation. If you know of other groups then please let us know so that we can add them to the list.

CANADA

Nova Scotia

The British North American Model Railway Association

This group is known locally as The Model Railway Association. They meet regularly in the Halifax area. Meetings are usually Saturdays (occasionally Sundays), usually the 3rd weekend, run from 2pm to 5pm and ladies are welcome to attend. For further information contact Cliff Hutton

Quebec

British Model Railway Club of Montreal

They meet twice a week at their 1200 sq.ft. clubhouse which is located in Montreal West and is easily accessible from downtown, the west island and the south shore. The main modelling room contains their 21ft x 13ft exhibition standard OO layout and future plans include both N and EM layouts and a small reference library. You can contact them through their web site.

Ontario

The Platelayers

They operate in the Toronto area and can be contacted through their web site.

The Toronto British Model Railway Association

This group currently meets at the homes of their members and are currently seeking additional new members. The contact is Ray Sambrooks

The Buffers

This group operates in the London area and can be contacted through their web site.

Alberta

The Calgary British Railway Modellers

They hold monthly Pub Nights in Limericks Pub on MacLeod Trail in Calgary, on the last Wednesday of every month from 7:30 pm onwards. If any one is interested in going along and finding out more about the group or would like to help with the club layout, please contact Martin Dawe or Chris Jessop You can also visit their web site.

British Columbia

The Top Link Model Railway Association

They operate in the Vancouver area and also have members in Washington state. Membership in Top Link includes membership in BRMNA. The contact is Colin Frame

The British Railway Modellers of Victoria

They operate in the Victoria area for modellers of the British Isles and Continental Railways. They hold meetings in and around Victoria on Sundays at the homes of member from 2pm to 5pm. New members are always welcome. The contact is John Lewis


USA

California

The LA Buffers

I have no official contact at this point in time. They are a sort of Southern California outpost of the Gauge O Guild.

North Eastern States

The United States Gauge O North East (USGONE)

This group models Britains railways in Gauge O. Although all the members are also Gauge O Guild members, this is not a requirement; just an interest in 7mm scale UK railways. They operate in the North Eastern United States mostly by email with occasional visits to layouts of other members. There were five people at their meeting held recently during the US O Scale National Convention; not a huge crowd, but it is a start. If you want to join them or would like to know more then you can contact Brian Scace or Glen Suckling

New York

The BritRail Modellers of Rochester

The BritRail Modellers of Rochester, NY was formed in 2009 to build an exhibition layout specifically for the annual R.I.T. Tiger Tracks Show. The layout, "Aleston," that now resides at the home of one their members is 12 X 16 feet and consists of three loops, the inner and outer ones wired for DC and the middle loop and sidings for DCC. They meet weekly on Monday evenings. "Aleston" is a free-form layout that has no restrictions on types of engines and rolling stock so you may see everything from a Pendolino to "Emily." The club has no organizational structure and a small core of regulars. They stay in touch using Google Groups email. They can be contacted through their Web site.

Illinois

The British Train Society

This is the Illinois group of BRMNA and they meet in the Chicago area. The contact is Don Buchanan

South Carolina

The Southern E-Group

They operate on the WWW and offer advice, support and reference material for those interested in modelling the constituent companies of the Southern Railway in England. They can be contacted through their Web site.

Texas

British Railways of Texas

This is a group for people in Texas who are interested in modelling Britain's Railways. All time periods, geographic regions, and scales are welcome. Current members cover all of the Big Four, and most of the common scales from N Gauge to 16mm live steam. We meet at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month, at The Londoner in Addison, TX. See our website for further details or meeting changes


AUSTRALIA

The British Railway Modellers of Australia (BRMA)P>

They are organised in a manner similar to BRMNA and can be contacted through their web site.


NEW ZEALAND

The British Railway Modellers of Auckland (BRMA)

They meet in the Auckland area. The contact is Chris Greenhill .

The Wellington British Railway Modellers (WBRM)

They meet in the Wellington area. The contact is Michael Berry. Phone: (04) 233-9284.






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