Model Train Clubs

Model Train Clubs

Do you ever wish you had room to build your model train layout, but your house or apartment is too small? Do you every wish there was someone you could turn to for a few pointers on wiring or weathering? If so, a model railroad club is exactly what you are looking for! A model railroad club allows you to share the experience with numerous other people of like mind. You benefit from not only the social interaction all humans need but also from the knowledge and skills of the other members of the club. They can teach you new things just as you can teach them new things.

Model train clubs are important for a variety of reasons, as they help solve the problems of lack of time, lack of space, and the often times high cost of the hobby. Those three problems are, overwhelmingly, the most commonly cited problems by model railroaders. With a model train club, that problem is solved by the cooperative nature of the club’s layout. Everyone contributes time, so one person doesn’t have to do all the work alone. Work sessions are scheduled and good members show up for those sessions, showing commitment and dedication to the club, the layout, and to each other. Provided your club has its own location, your lack of space for a layout becomes a moot point. As a club member, you will not have to foot the bill for each and every railcar, piece of track, or new color of paint. Just a single train set can cost hundreds of dollars, that would be more than enough to cover several months, or even years, of membership at a club. Plus, as members donate what they are no longer using on their personal layouts, pool resources to afford new purchases, and even save by buying in bulk, it will allow you to fully partake in the hobby for less money than building your own layout at home.

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.