Model Railroad Clubs

This page contains descriptions of and links to model railroad clubs and organizations of all scales, primarily located in North Carolina, but some NTRAK clubs located elsewhere are listed. The listing in each category is alphabetical.

Requests from other clubs for listing, and updates to the information published below are welcome.

The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club (AVMRC) is located in the over 100 year-old historic Hendersonville Depot. This 50+ member club has constructed a fully scenicked HO model railroad representing Hendersonville and Western North Carolina. The club is opened to the public every Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Admission is free and donations are accepted.

Tucson NTRAK is a not-for-profit social club whose theme is N Scale model railroading. Members enjoy the model train hobby and as a club are actively participating in it and promoting it. Part of the participation aspect is sharing accomplishments with the community, encouraging public rail crossing safety and railfanning safely along with respect for the railroad property being observed.

The Atlantic Coast S Gaugers is a nonprofit club begun in Richmond, VA, and is divided into three divisions: Virginia Central Division, Carolinas Division and the Washington & Old Dominion Division. The Club's focus is S gauge trains, including American Flyer and other manufacturers. Members enjoy both collecting and operating S gauge trains.

The Cape Fear Model Railroad Society is the local model railroad club in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Club sponsors a train show in late January each year featuring dealers, layouts, memorabilia, etc.

The Cape Fear Railroaders operates the Railroad Historical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It is incorporated as a non-profit Historical and Educational organization, dedicated to keeping the history of railroading alive.

The Carolina Coastal Railroaders (CCR) was formally organized in 1992. Currently there are 35 members.

The Carolina Model Railroaders occupied a space in the old Southern Railway depot in Greensboro since 1975 and built a fine model railway there, which reflects the flavor of the full-size railroading in the area as it was and is today. Currently the Club is located in space in the old REA building adjacent to the main terminal while the Depot is being renovated. There are about 30 members ranging in age from 15 to 85. New members are welcome. 

The Carolina Piedmont Division (Division 13) of the Mid-Eastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) is the local entity of the NMRA, and meets the 4th Tuesday of each month (2nd Tuesday in November and December) at 7:00pm at St. Michael Archangel Center & Gallery at 830 High House Road in Cary, NC. There are Members modeling in several scales, including G, O, HO and N.

The Carolina Southern is a division of the Mid-Eastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association. Our membership includes all NMRA members in the North Carolina counties of Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell,Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanley, and Union and the South Carolina counties of Chester, Lancaster, and York.

This club was organized in 2005. Members come from the counties within a 50 mile radius of the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. The club usually meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the NCTM and participates in numerous train shows, special events at the NCTM, and other venues in the area with their NTRAK layout. They also conduct other N Scale activities in the area and welcome N Scale modelers, even if they do not “do modules”. Several members have home layouts and conduct operating and work sessions. Instructional clinics are also in the planning stages.

The Club is located in the old Seaboard Air Line Depot in Cherryville, which is located on the CSX line from Charlotte to Bostic at milepost SF 371.42. CSX has a radio repeater and tower on site (frequencies 160.590 and 161.520). The club is currently restoring the Depot to look just as it did when in operation in the early 1900's. The loading platform will also be rebuilt to enable train watching and picture taking.

Meets monthly at member's homes. Most members model in HO scale, but all scales are welcome. For more information contact: Dave Chance, 704-933-4200 or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Concord_Area_Model_Railroad_Club908 South 9th Street
Bessemer City NC 28016 

HO Modular, G and O Scales

he French Broad E'N'pire NTRAK Club is a model railroad organization consisting of 14 members who model in "N" scale, the majority of whom live in the Hendersonville area, although we also have members from around western North Carolina and one in Georgia! Membership is open to anyone with an interest in model railroading. 

The Goldsboro Area Model Railroad Club promotes and shares an enjoyment of model railroading. The club philosophy is that joining a model railroad club should be interesting and fun, not a chore. That's why the club features:

  • No mandatory work sessions
  • No long waiting periods to operate trains
  • No series of endless meetings and rules

The Grand Strand Model Railroaders, Inc. exists to further the hobby of model railroading. The club was founded in 1986 above Ed’s Hobby Shop in downtown Myrtle Beach, SC with six members. The club is now celebrating 30+ years.Grand Strand Model Railroad Club is a member of the Eastern N Lines Partnership.

This is a new club in the Greensboro area primarily for those modeling in O Gauge (Tinplate). Meetings are currently occasional.For more information contact:
Rodney Sutherland at (336) 449-6824
or
Mike Brock at (336) 273-5894 

1814 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro NC 27409

Jersey Central N-TRAK is a fairly small club - approximately 15 modules - that follows NTRAK standards. Any and all model railroaders are welcomed (there are 2 female members). Whether you like to build models and modules, or just like to run trains, there is a place for you in this club.Tinton Falls/Ocean Township
(Wayside), New Jerseyhttp://www.jerseycentraln-trak.com

Keystone N-Trak is an N-scale model railroad club located in Dublin, Pennsylvania and serving the Delaware Valley.Keystone N-Trak is a member of the Eastern N Lines Partnership

This is an HO scale club utilizing Digitrax DCC for train control. New members are welcome, and the layout is open to the public.For more information contact:
Craig Strickland at (252) 648-8503 or by Email at cstrickjr@gmail.com400 North Queen Street
Kinston NC 28501

The Lynchburg Area N-Scalers was founded in 2000 and had their first public show in 2001. Club meetings are the first Thursday of each month in various members' homes. 

Contact LANS via their web site for more information.

Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm; locations vary. The club is in the process of building our own building and club layout. Modelers of all skill levels and scale interest are welcome.For more information contact:
Herb Atkins
PO Box 255
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Phone: (910) 786-4201

he Metrolina Model Railroaders were formed in 1980 with the intent of building a permanent HO scale layout, which they did several times as they moved from buildings in Charlotte to Belmont where they stayed in one location for 13 years. The club currently does not have a permanent layout, but has built an HO scale modular layout that is displayed at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte and at other shows. The layout can be configured from 14' x 18' to 18' x 30', but still growing, which is stored and transported in a large enclosed trailer.

New Jersey Southern is a model railroading group which uses the international standards of N-trak Modular N-scale model railroading. Located in Collingswood, New JerseyNew Jersey Southern is a member of the Eastern N Lines Partnership.

The North Carolina Garden Railway Society (NCGRS) is the Triangle's Garden Railroad Club, although the club does not limit itself to the garden. The size of the trains generally means that they appear outside in the backyard. The NCGRS is composed of members in Central Carolina, as well as throughout the state.

The North Carolina LEGO® train Club (NCLTC) is a non-profit organization of LEGO® Train Enthusiasts. NCLTC exists for its members to share their hobby with one another and to exhibit LEGO® Trains for the general public at train shows that are open to the public, typically two to three times a year. 

NCLTC is a loose collection of LEGO® enthusiasts who enjoy building and exhibiting LEGO Trains. NCLTC is affiliated with the North Carolina LEGO® Users Group (NCLUG). 

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