|83 Years and counting!
We’ve moved! A new chapter and a new O-scale model train layout beckon as the London Model Railroad Group, home of the Lake Erie & International Railway, departs its Holborn Ave. location of almost 50 years. This is only the group’s second move since it was founded in 1938.
We’re now located at 4474 Blakie Rd., Unit 127, in south London, just off Exeter Road.
We welcome you join us on this exciting journey, either as a full or supporting member. We need all skills and levels of expertise, including carpentry/woodworking; track and switch laying; wiring; electronics; building construction; and scenery and backdrop creation. A passion for model railroading is really the key ingredient! For more information, check out our Join Us page.
Thank you to the local businesses and community members past and present who have generously supported us throughout the years; we look forward to working with you as we rebuild for tomorrow.
Planning and preliminary component construction for the reborn LE&I continue in full swing. We’re designing a new layout; determining the industries it will serve; establishing new standards for construction, buildings, and scenery; and working on dioramas, animations, and automations that will delight visitors of all ages.
Check back often as we’ll be updating the site with news and developments as we build out the new LE&I.
For comments, suggestions, questions, and membership inquiries, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our website and email will all remain active throughout our transition period.
What’s My Collection Worth?
From time to time, we’re asked to value and even purchase a model train collection. While we’re happy to discuss trains, layouts, and railroads of all sizes, we’re regrettably unable to provide valuations and in only rare circumstances might we acquire pieces of outstanding merit. Note that the group adheres to a 2-rail, 1:48 O-scale standard.
With many traditional train meets closed for the time being, specialist online auction houses, as well as eBay, are the best places to assess value and sell model trains and accessories. Potential sellers should note that many toy trains, especially 3-rail Lionel and similar units, were produced in quantity and built to last, with the result that there are many working models still in existence and while vintage, they are not as rare as you might think.
That said, buyers will pay a premium for trains in original boxes and pristine condition.
Open House Schedule
A Note on Our Open House Sessions
For many years between October and May, we’ve opened our doors to the public. We’ll be announcing new open house dates once construction of the new layout is underway. We would like to thank everyone for their support and wonderful memories from past open houses. The tradition will continue!