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Historic Note: February 24, 1945 - Model Railroad Club of Toronto

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Derek Boles, TRHA's historian, publishes a daily posting on the Toronto Railway Heritage Yahoo Group List. These postings document major railway oriented events that happened on that day of the year. One of today's items is as follows:

February 24, 1945: The Globe & Mail devotes almost an entire page to a profile of the Model Railroad Club of Toronto located in Union Station. The O-gauge layout featured 1300 feet of track and was located in Room 470, a 16 by 165 foot space located on the north side of the Ticket Lobby on the fourth floor and completely hidden from view in the Great Hall. The club had begun building the layout in 1938 and, amazingly, given the lack of manpower and materials during World War II, was well advanced by this time in 1945.
The club was evicted from Union Station at the end of the year and moved to its current location two miles to the west at 37 Hannah Street in a munitions factory n
o longer needed for the war effort. Some structures on the current layout date back to the Union Station tenancy. The space that the club occupied in Union Station is about to be taken over by GO Transit for their new headquarters.
The Model Railroad Club of Toronto is holding the last in a series of February Open Houses this coming Sunday, February 27th from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. For more information on their open house, visit their excellent website by clicking here or download their brochure for the event by clicking here. The Model Railroad Club of Toronto was also featured in a previous posting announcing a past series of Open Houses which you can read by clicking here.
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Story by Russ Milland; Pictures from the Model Railroad Club of Toronto Website.

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