The Belleville Model Railroad Club was established in 1972, and started with approximately 50 members. This early organization met at Queen Victoria Public School for about 2 years until they were evicted because of the renovation to the school.The club layout during this period was about 16' x 20'.
In 1975 the club moved to John's Hobby Shop in the Belleville Plaza (now the Bayview Mall) where they built a layout that was open to the public. This location too closed and the club was forced to move again.
Next the club was located in Karl Berthower's house on River Road, where a layout was built that was displayed at shows in the Armories. Club information meetings were held at Bill Coleman's house.
After a few years the club moved to Stan Suley's basement where the first traveling layout was constructed.
Some of the first shows the club participated in were Toronto March 1987.
On May 19th 1992 the Club formalized it's organization by electing the following slate of officers..........
In October 1992 the club moved to the basement of the old baggage terminal at the Belleville VIA station, where we had built a large operating layout, as well as two portable layouts.
In 2010 the club was moved again due to the demolision of the baggage terminal to make way for the new Belleville Via station.
We continued to meet in a community centre until a new home was found at the Bayview Mall late in 2010.
In 2011 the club became a Not-For-Profit organization.