Here we provide more information about the club including its history, a tri-fold brochure which describe the club and how we operate, media and links to more information about the club and the model railroad hobby.


HOTRAK club photo 2022. 

24 club members pose for a club photo during the 2022 September operating session.

Sitting Left to Right (front row): George Taylor, James Taylor, Mark Mombourquette, Jim Graham, Colin McCallum, Tristan Lariviere

Standing Left to Right (middle row): Paul Anderson, David Jeanes, Robin Allardyce, Mark Christopher, Dilip Chinnakonda, Kim Zuters, Paul Churcher, Mark Watson

Standing Left to Right (back row): Pat Brewer, Gregg Matthews, Brad Hart, Bob Palmer, Steve Adamson, John Lobsinger, Bill Noel, Colin Churcher, Connor Watson, Dylan Lariviere


The Ottawa Valley HOTRAK club was founded in April 1996 as a reincarnation of an earlier modular club in Ottawa that had disbanded a few years earlier. The founding members got together and laid out some basic principals for the club. The three most prominent were: Operations; double and single track Main Line running; and loop to loop operations with branch lines. Standards were set out for module construction based on Moccasin Modular Railroad Club Standards and Free-mo Standards and the development of Transition Modules to marry the two together. All modules or groups of modules were to be independent from each other and had to physically and electrically match at the interfaces.


From September till June the Club gets together approximately every four to six weeks for an Operating Session. Mixed in with this we also participate in a Train show or two and annually the OVAR (Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders) Rally and the OVAR Flea Market.


A presentation describing HOTRAK