Gordon Varney

Gordon Received his MMR in April 1987. This article was published in June 1988 in the Bulletin Board.
Gordon Varney, a PNR member , lives in Burnaby British Columbia and is MMR 126. He and is wife Elenore have 3 sons. Gordon is retired but has been associated with the lumber industry from his youth, working in logging and sawmilling after he left school. He moved into lumber sales and then to the maritime industry for 35 years, ending his career in managing as a marine superintendent for a stevevdore company.
Gordon began model railroading with an American Flyer set under the Christmas tree. It wasn't until the late 40s that he became interested in scale modelling with the purchase of a Mantua switcher kit and an Athearn metal sided car. While raising a family the interest lagged but it was revived in 1965 with the National Convention in Vancouver British Columbia. He has built several HO operating layouts since.
In 1976 he got bit with the narrow guage bug and finally ended up in o scale and 3 foot between the rails. He models with 2 friends, Tom Beaton and Cyril Meadows in a round robin group called the Tie and Timber Short Lines specializing in logging layouts. Gordon is the groups track layer and scale lumber cutter.
Gordon's layout is a highly detailed and authentic logging railroad. It has a scratchbuilt sawmill and engine house at Beaton's Landing, a log dump at Ellie Lake, and a switchback type mailine which meanders out to the woods operation at Cyril's Meadow, where a fully rigged spar tree with a hayrack loading boom is located. His many scratchbuilt models of motive ower, cars and structures have received many awards at all levels of contests including a regional best of show and a first place at a national contest.
Gordon has been an active PNR member, serving on 2 regional convention committees, divisional standing committee, divisional AP chairman since 1978,contest judge and 7th division superintendent. He has given many clinics at the divisional level producing and supplying kits using home sawed lumber for several wooden structures such as a small trestle, tunnel portal and loading dock. These kits are available in 4 scale and are sold to PNR members at a nominal fee with proceeds going to division 7. He supports the AP and feels his participation in the program has improved his modelling skills. He urges others to participate in the AP and accept judge's remarks as constructive criticism which can only improve modelling. He states that all should remember that the experts were beginners once.The NMRA has given him a chance to meet and enjoy comradeship with the many friends he has made in the organization over the years.Gordon says"model Railroading is a grand experience."

Certificates Earned Gordon Varney, MMR #
  • Master Builder—Motive Power
  • Master Builder-Cars
  • Master Builder—Structures
  • Master Builder—Scenery
  • Civil
  • electrical
  • Association Volunteer