69 Holborn Ave,
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00pm
Category: Returning Site
The building was a former bus garage. In the early seventies it was purchased by the London Model Railroad Group, established in 1938 with four members, as the new location for its O Scale Model Train Layout. The original layout was located in the upper portion of a building at the corner of Dundas and Ridout St. It’s been in its current location for over 40 years. It contains many railroad artifacts such as the dispatcher’s board from the 1935 era CN station, located on York St. This board dispatched passenger and freight train from Windsor and Sarnia to points east of Brantford and north to Stratford. Today, part of the panel controls the running operation of the Lake Erie International RR.
DO London Experience
As you enter the doors of the Lake Erie International building your attention will immediately be drawn to a fully operational O Scale railway, which measures 40×100 feet in size. It contains over 5000 feet of hand-built track, which was laid using many thousands of railroad spikes to attach the rails to the ties along with several hand-built switches. In addition, you will see steam and diesel engines pulling passenger trains, freight trains and coal drags. There are also three circus trains, scratch-built as the say, along with an operating Trolley Line and a narrow gauge mining RR. Three scratch-built operating lift bridges, each different, scale replicas of many London Buildings, some long gone, are preserved in O scale miniature including London’s C P R station. The layout requires at least 8 Engineer’s, conductor’s and Brake men, along with a dispatcher to operate! Some of the rolling stock is over 60 years old. There are many more things to see and the layout is always under construction.
Photography: Interior – Photography Permitted, Filming and Tripod Not Permitted; Exterior – Photography, Filming and Tripod Permitted
- Partially Accessible
- Self-Guided Tours Available