The Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club was established in 1994, when Bob McDiarmid put a listing for The Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club in a Garden Railway magazine, and asked if anyone with the same interests in the hobby of garden railroading would like to meet. Hence the beginning. The first Executive was formed in 2007. Now the membership is over 200 members.
Burnt Journal history
How did the Burnt Journal get its name?
The club's two founding members, Bob McDiarmid and Dan Pantages. were on a road trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles in Dan's Thunderbird Super Coup to The Big Train Show in Long Beach California, and began talking about a news letter.
After some discussion they agreed to go with the idea. The next question was what to call it? As the miles passed, 'Burnt Journal' came to mind, because it's the Club's journal (newsletter) read by it's members and it's a railway term (a journal provides lubrication for the train's wheels) and when it becomes a "hot-box" it's red hot, and is now known as a burned-up journal or a burnt journal. In one of those leaps of logic it became, in our minds that day at least, obvious. The Burnt Journal was a newsletter that was read (red)
On our way back serendipity happened, We driving North on I-5 doing around 150K when we both realized I had taken a wrong turn exit, I hit the brakes hard, and came to a very quick stop, and as I put it into reverse Bob’s comment was "Dam this thing has good brakes; look at the smoke coming from the tires!".
Well, that added to choosing the name Burnt, and yes, burnt/red seemed logical, with Journal being obvious. So we had GVGRC’s “The Burnt Journal”.