Other North American organisations of interest.

(Last May 5th, 2023)

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.


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


British Model Railway Club of Montreal

The group meet at their new 1500 sq ft premises upstairs at 355 rue Norman and is easily accessible from downtown,west island and the south shore. Members meet on Sundays and Wednesdays from 9.30 onwards. Visitors are always welcome. Additional information is on or by contacting David Tozer:


The Platelayers

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

The Buffers

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


The Calgary British Railway Modellers (CBRM)

The CBRM is the "go to" club in southern Alberta for modeling the railways of the British Isles. Members' interests encompass all scales, from N to O-scale, regions and periods. The club incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act in August 2021 after being together informally since the mid-1970's. The CBRMC exhibits an OO-scale layout at SuperTrain and Heritage Park's Railway Days.

All are welcome to their monthly Social Nights, the last Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. Locations vary. You can also visit their web site or look for them on Facebook at Calgary British Railway Modelers. Annual membership is $25. To contact them

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 Top Link

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



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.


The British Train Society

This is the Illinois group of BRMNA and they meet in the Chicago area. They can be contacted through their Web site.


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

North America

British Rail & Transport Modelling in North America

This group is aimed at permanent/temporary North American residents who are making rail/road or other transport dioramas, layouts and models of any scale. One of the main aims of the group is to identify equivalent materials to those used in UK and of course to share our modelling efforts too. Why not check out their Facebook page.


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.

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