Model Train Days rolled into the CP station Saturday, May 24 and the Hoop and Holler got onboard to capture the world of model railways.

Practically every size of model train was on display, “We have N scale, O scale and Ho scale,” said Portage Model Railroad Club President, Barry Hunter.

The club has 19 active members from ages 17 to 81 and is always looking for new members.

“I like to say bring your train out of the closet and come join us,” said Hunter.  “The ordinary person, all they need is an interest in trains and we will help them along.  Whether they are building a layout at home or just having a collection we can help.”


The club has been located in the CP rail station in Portage for six years and has quite a layout of tracks and scenery on hand.  “Most items are hand built,” added Hunter.

Club meetings are the first Monday of the month and “run nights” take up the other Monday nights.  All are open to the public.

Bob Jones

Bob Jones


The Model Train Day is just one of the fundraisers for the CP Station.   Portage Heritage Incorporated President, Bob Jones, says the group has made a lot of progress saving and restoring the old train station.  “The outside is pretty much finished.  We have some painting to do and the interior is well underway,” said Jones.

The group would like to raise another half-million dollars to further their work, and the next fundraiser is an antique/flea market coming up this Sunday, June 1 at the Curling Club in Canad Inns.










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