Special Interest Groups and Prototypes

 Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) and Prototype Sites

Special Interest Groups are associations or organizations with a particular interest in providing accurate information about an aspect of a prototype railroad either current or historical.

SIG Additions:  webmanager(at)nmracanada.ca

SIG’s and Prototype sites for Canadian operations only.  Non-Canadian members model railroads visit www.nmra.org

Sites that are not specifically prototype sites or SIGs will be found under the Historical and Research section.

National Sites

Canadian National Railways Historical Association The Canadian National Railways Historical Association is an international self-sustaining operational research and historical society that exclusively focuses on the Canadian National family of railways, and actively promotes the art of modelling them accurately. The focus of the SIG is on all constituent parts of the system during periods of CN ownership. Except as background, it normally does not cover lines prior to amalgamation into Canadian National, nor components after they have been sold or leased to other operators.
Canadian Pacific Historical Association We are a non-profit historical association dedicated to sharing information about the Canadian Pacific Railway and its subsidiaries, past and present. Their high quality magazine, CP TRACKS, contains photographs, scale drawings, historical information, and articles on the CPR, as well as the Soo Line, DAR, E&N and CP Electric Lines. – Canadian National Railways Historical Association
Canadian National CN’s Web site
Canadian Pacific CP’s Web site
Centre for Surface Transportation Technology (CSTT) NOW PART OF NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA –National Research CouncilSince the mid-1960s, the Centre for Surface Transportation Technology has helped a long list of Canadian, U.S. and international railway clients by providing research, development and engineering solutions. To expand and improve services to this important sector, CSTT recently coalesced all of its railway capabilities into a unified Division. As a result, major railways, transit companies, car and component manufacturers, and regulatory agencies now make even greater use of Rail Division services to solve challenging engineering problems, design maintenance solutions, achieve business goals, and meet operational needs. Industry leaders such as Canadian Pacific, Trinity, PORTEC, Kelsan and American Steel Foundries trust CSTT to develop solutions in the areas of: structures dynamics vibration stability control product development wear and fatigue asset management training maintenance support rail/wheel system management ­ and more.
VIA Rail Special Interest Group The VIA SIG is a Special Interest Group devoted to VIA Rail Canada: its history, trains and operations.
VIA Rail Canada The web site of VIA Rail – Canada’s primary passenger rail carrier

Regional Sites

BC Rail and Pacific Great Eastern Special Interest Group At the moment this group is inactive, although the web site has some information
The Ontario Northland Railway Historical and Technical Society The Ontario Northland Railway Historical and Technical Society is a group devoted to the exchange of information among modellers, railfans and historians regarding all aspects of the Ontario Northland Railway and its predecessor, the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway.
The Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Historical Society The Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway (TH&B) existed from 1892 through 1987 as a separate railway serving the Hamilton, Ontario area. It joined the lines of its corporate parents, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the New York Central system. It was established largely as an alternate route for the businesses in the Hamilton area to ship their products to Canadian customers in Toronto, Montreal, and the west and to American customers via the New York Central and its subsidiaries.  This site is intended to provide prototype and modelling information