Members of the Soper Valley Model Railroad Association (SVMRA) work on a section of the new permanent layout housed in the basement of the Newcastle Community Hall. From left to right: Longtime member Bill Harford (Secretary) has been with the group for 36 years; Darril Hinett, joined in 2019; and Michel Cabardos (Treasurer) has been with the group for seven years.
The SVMRA is hosting a Model Railroad Flea Market for hobbyists on Saturday, March 14 at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event usually draws a crowd of 300 to 400 enthusiasts looking for rolling stock, locomotives, track, scenery or anything needed for their layouts. As Cabardos points out, “There aren’t many hobby stores anymore, so the March flea market is one of the few places where people can get the things, they need without going online.”