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"Opening Doors" Layout Tour Montreal August 5 & 6, 2017

This event is planned as a mini or micro convention, consisting of club layout tours only. The specific dates are: 5 & 6 August 2017. These dates were selected to take advantage of the long weekend in Ontario.

There will be no clinics, no CARM organised lodging or transport. There may be time for an AGM, if it fits into the timetable. Similarly, a meet & greet could happen. A brief list of preferred Rail-fanning spots will be available. All participants are expected to have an up to date GPS available. The addresses; and pass to enter; will be in the booklet given to each participant. There will also be a visit to Exporail, in St Constant. Members in good standing of CRHA enter for free. There will also be private individual layout available to visit on the way to & from Montreal. These are all a short detour from Highway 401, on the way to & from the Toronto area.

There are 7 club layouts at this time, some in Montreal proper, others are in the surrounding region.

There are a number of hobby stores catering to Railway modellers.

A list of hotels located close to the Dorval Train station & the airport is shown below. The contact information is sourced from the internet.

Quality Suites: 1010 Heron Rd, Dorval H9S 1B3 514-631-4537
Marriott: Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport H4Y 0A4 514-636-6700
Sheraton: 555 McMillan, Dorval H9P 1B7 514-631-2411
Fairfield Inn & Suites: 700 Michel Jasmin H9P 1C5 514-631-2424
Rodeway Inn: 580 Michel Jasmin H9P 1C5 514-828-5080
Montreal Express: 13000 cote de Liesse H9P 1B8 514-631-4811
Comfort Inn: 340 Michel Jasmin H9P 1C1 514-636-3391
Holiday Inn Express: 10888 Cote de Liesse H8T 1A6 514-422-8080
Aloft: 500 McMillan, Dorval H9P 0A2 514-633-0900

There are many more hotels in the surrounding area, and in the downtown area, but these are the closest to The Dorval Train station (and Ian's club, the West Island Modular Railroad Club (WIMRC), and the hobby store Hobby Jonction. The access from the west is directly east on Highway 20, the Quebec continuation of Highway 401. The exit is the same one as for the Airport itself, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport. All the above addresses are extracted from the Internet, so beware any miss-spellings.


Registrations must be received no later than July 21st, 2017, after July 21st registrations will only be accepted at the convention. Use the downloadable PDF registration form below and mail it in along with your cheque made payable to Canadian Railway Convention to the following.

Canadian Railway Convention
Walter Reid, CARM Convention Registrar
2219 Council Ring Road
Mississauga, ON
L5L 1B6

Montreal PDF Form

Note: Entry to Exporail is not included in the registration fee. Members os the CRHA get to enter free, non-members of CRHA will have to pay the regular entry free.

Images from Various Layouts

West Island Modular Railway Club

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British Model Railway Club of Montreal

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Montreal Vermont & Essex

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Montreal Live Steamers

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mls4 mls5 mls6

Green Valley Short Line Railroad Club

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