All aboard for the final trip on the Central Ontario Railway

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Photo by Corbin Smith

This is exactly the type of story I love to write.

The Model Railroad Club of Toronto has occupied the same Liberty Village basement since 1946, but soon the members are going to tear it all apart and take what salvageable bits they can save to their new location on the east end. Last week I went there to see the model up close and even had the pleasure of seeing one of the trains chug down the line, through tunnels, and around the room.

The Central Ontario Railway is modeled after the 1950s transition era railways, and spanning the 120′ by 40′ room it contains all the trappings of the real thing.  Tunnels and bridges, trees and lakes, warehouses and stations, and tiny figurines and vehicles populate the landscape.  There are even a few replicas of iconic Toronto buildings to be found.

You have to see it in person to understand the scale and intricacy of it all, but I did my best to bring that to the page with the help of Corbin Smith, Torontoist’s staff photographer.  He came up with the brilliant idea of attaching a miniature camera to one of the trains and recording a video of it rolling down the track.  The five minute clip made a great addition to the piece.

But don’t just settle for this little blog post, read all about it on Torontoist.



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