Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club
Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club
Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club
Club history
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.

The first Executive was formed in 2007. Now the membership is over 200 members. We are a very loose-knit group of people who are interested in any form of railroading in the garden. This means any scale, and any level of expertise. Hence the beginning.

For almost nineteen years, the club operated and maintained a permanent outdoor G-gauge layout at Art Knapp Plantland, in south Surrey. It became a gathering place for members, where swap meets, Open Houses, and Time4Train events were held. It was an opportunity for members to run trains any time during the store's business hours. It was both a promotional piece for Art Knapp's, as well as being a venue to bring members together.

The layout opened September 1999, until sadly, it was dismantled in 2018. Although the club no longer has access to a permanent layout, it attends many public community events where their portable layout is set up for one to three days. In addition, many members have their own home layout, to which other members are invited from time-to-time, providing opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the social aspect of the hobby.

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 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, when driving North on I-5 doing around 150K we both realized I had taken a wrong exit. I hit the brakes hard, and came to a very quick stop, and as I put it into reverse Bob’s comment was "Damn, 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”.