Welcome to the Model Railroad Club page!

A number of the Friends of the Chesapeake Railway Museum have always felt that the museum needed a model of the railway to help in our explanations to our visitors about the museum and Chesapeake Beach. In the spring of 2017, we discovered that there were enough like-minded train nuts to form a model railroad club. We started with meetings once a month to discuss our passion. We soon found that a great project for the club would be to build a model railroad that would represent our long gone railroad in its heyday of the 1920s. As our plans started to develop, we became an official part of the Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway with the purpose of building this museum quality model railroad for the museum. We will not only finish this project but also build a group that will be a strong group of friends in a strong model railroad club.

Larry Brown, President
Chesapeake Beach Model Railroad Club

As an active member of the Friends of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (FCBRM), you can enjoy the added complimentary benefit of joining the Chesapeake Beach Model Railroad Club (CBMRC). The CBMRC promotes the hobby of model railroading, preserves and teaches the history of the Chesapeake Beach Railway and has fun while doing it!

Founded in the spring of 2017, the club is committed to creating a museum-quality model railroad representing the Chesapeake Beach Railway in its heyday of the 1920s. The model evokes key stops along the line from Washington, D.C. to the Chesapeake Beach resort, including Seat Pleasant, Upper Marlboro, Lyons Creek Bridge, the carousel and bandshell and many more. The layout will be O 1:48 scale/ratio.

The railroad is maintained by volunteers for fun and education. Visitors will be able to operate the layout when volunteers are on duty. If you are interested in model railroading, track and scenery building, wiring, operating trains and making new friends, come on down! During the summer, the club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6pm at the museum. Members of the FCBRM and the Model Railroad Club meet to work on the model every Tuesday at 10am at the museum as well. We are a non-profit organization and attend and display at other public events. Watch this space for public model railroading programs at the museum and special appearances off-site.

More information can be found on the CBRM Facebook page or the FCBRM Facebook page.

For more information, please contact Larry Brown at 301-855-7477 or lbrown9601@verizon.net.

Please check out the three latest and greatest model railroad progress photos below.

A mile stone has been reached. We did a little scenery work then installed the acrylic panels. To our surprise, the layout looked like we knew what we were doing!  Not bad for a rag-tag group of volunteers. With the acrylic panels installed, our work sessions will come to a close until the new year. We will take a break for the Holidays while the CBRM hosts a few Christmas Season events (Volunteer Pot Luck on Dec. 2nd, Volunteer Dinner at the Rod and Reel Dec. 6th and the reading of the Polar Express Dec. 21st.)

At today's work session, we had Rich and his brother Tug, Bob Tate, Matt, Don, Mike and George. Matt brought in the CBRR station that he is working on.  I'd say it will be a nice feature on the layout when completed. Rich and George worked on the Seat Pleasant centenary. Don worked on installing the electrical lines from Pindell to Seat Pleasant. Mike had given the layout a second coat of finish during the weekend.

From a vision, to paper, to reality, this model railroad project has come to near-completion after a year in the making and more than 1,100 volunteer hours. You could say the layout is a Christmas present to the CBRM.

Merry Christmas to all!

CLICK HERE for archived model progress photos.





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