As of the time of writing, we have members from Carleton Place, Almonte, Kanata, Perth, Innisville, Arnprior, Kemptville, West Carleton, Prospect, Maberly, Constance Bay, Nepean, Stittsville, Ashton and Smiths Falls.
The club began in 1987 with four gentlemen, Bill Brown, David McCurdy, Dale Moulton and Bill Schaubs, getting together Saturday mornings in a booth at the Olympia Restaurant in downtown Carleton Place. As word spread of these “railroad guys”, more people began to show up. After being denied a private room, the group moved to the back room at the Gourmet Restaurant on Hwy #7. We still meet there. We have even decorated the room with large railroad prints (since removed during redecoration) and commorative models.
As it became apparent that a more formal club was needed, discussions were held about a name and a badge theme. For the name, we took the name of a sister club in Ottawa, Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders (OVAR) and changed the first word to the name of the river that flows through the town, the Mississippi River. This gave us the name Mississippi Valley Associated Railroaders (MVAR).
There was a time when Carleton Place was an important CPR division point, and had a very large engine maintenance facility. A graphic design and colour combination of CPR Maroon and Grey was chosen to honour that heritage. The badge is displayed on our home page.
Because the club was still growing, it was decided in 1992 that an Executive Committee was required to run the club. Since the advent of elections, the club has earned the right to be called a railroad club.
What MVAR has to offer
Many MVAR members have a wealth of knowledge which is willingly shared, covering areas such as layout planning, benchwork, track laying, wiring, scenery, etc. Regular meeting and less formal get-togethers are great for help and information exchange. Sometimes, on-site help is available.
Many of our members meet for Sat. breakfast at the Gourmet Restaurant, Hwy.7, in Carleton Place. Arrivals are spread from about 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and departures are usually between 8:30 and 9:00. Also, some members get together for coffee on Wed. at the Second Scoop, Almonte, around 9:30 am.
Along with the informal meetings, the club has a more formal assembly on the 4th Thursday of the month from September to June, with the exception of December. The September and January (and May?) meetings are usually dinner meetings in a restaurant in or around Carleton Place. There is a program at these meetings, such as a slide show, clinic or guest speaker. In late June, there is a BBQ. To acccomodate those still earning a paycheque, the BBQ is usually held on a Sat. Check the Events page for information.
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