About Model Railway Imports
Model Railway Imports
As of December 1, 2006, Model Railway Imports is owned and operated by Steve and Elvera Ciazynski based in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The business, started over 40 years ago by Harold (Madg) Madgwick and his wife Iris, now offers improved accessibility with a fully functional website, e-mail ordering and payments, as well as a toll free phone number.
We offer a large variety of ready to run items, track, kits, and parts in a number of scales, as well as a selection of railway and modelling books.
We continuously evaluate the needs of our customers and change our product line accordingly. We would like to hear from you - please use our customer survey form or just send us an e-mail for this purpose.
Born in West Yorkshire after the Second World War, Steve’s love of railways began at an early age when his grandmother would take him in his push-chair to watch the trains passing Manningham Station in Bradford. He soon began train spotting, cycling, hiking and hostelling throughout the length and breadth of Britain to “cop” and photograph the end of steam and beginning of the diesel/electric age.
Coming to Canada in 1967 didn’t dampen his enthusiasm as he continued to read books and magazines and began to build a collection of his favourite British engines. Steve developed a friendship with Madg, who provided his hobby supplies, as he perfected his modelling skills over the years. With his wife Elvera and three young sons, Steve loved to ride the steam trains of the North Eastern United States and British Columbia.
Frequently building, painting or repairing engines for friends, he models in OO scale and has a fine collection of engines and buses. He also continues to cycle, founding the St. Catharines Cycling Club in the early 70’s and still competes in road and mountain bike races.
Harold (Madg) Madgwick
Harold Madgwick, known to one and all as “Madg”, was born just after the First World War in Oxfordshire and was brought up in Hampshire. He attended Churchers College on scholarship and did very well academically - known as “Dreamy” for his love of books. Harold spent the war years as a draughtsman in Southampton, which was heavily bombed, and used to cycle home to Greatham when he could. He later joined cycling clubs and went Youth Hostelling.
In 1951 Harold and his wife Iris came to Canada to represent his company Breco Ropeways. Settling in Oakville they took Canadian citizenship while still travelling extensively for his work. Besides train travels in England, he liked to travel in Europe- taking Iris on “TEEs”, the “Mistraal” in France and the “Talgo” in Spain etc.
Madg simply loved trains! From boyhood to his death they were number one with him. Number two being history, battles and anything to do with war. He had a large library and read railway books, and magazines at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Later, as his hobby grew, he founded the Platelayers club and enjoyed the friendships of fellow enthusiasts.
Madg and Iris loved attending model railway shows where they could meet old friends and new customers. He was always interested in people and was a great communicator and raconteur. After thirty years of running the business, Madg’s health failed and he just could not keep up but retained his interest to the end. Harold passed away in January of 2006 and now rests with his parents in Greatham churchyard.