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Train Clubs

So you don’t live in or near Fort Bragg and you think you might like to join a model train club. Is there a club near you? Below are the Club Info pages from the Branch Line – the NMRA’s (National Model Railroad Association) magazine which list most of the club’s in the NMRA’s coast division. A pdf version of the original can be downloaded adobe pdf here. ALL of the club’s love to have new members – just give them a call to find out when and where to go

Alameda County Central Railroad Society

ACCRS is located at the Alameda Co. Fair Grounds, Pleasanton. A 30 by 100 foot room has 0 and HO layouts. Open to the public every Friday, 6 to 10 PM, they operate continuously during county fairs and special events. Annual dues: $24, $15 initiation fee; Junior membership for ages 12 to 18 (with sponsor), free.

Contact: Gary Lewis 925-455-8135 E-mail:


Amador County Model Railroad Club

We are the Amador County Model Railroad Club, formerly known as the Mother Lode Model Railroad Club, this club is under new ownership. Adress: 110 Fullen st. Sutter Creek, California

Contact: 209-418-5820

Antioch Model Railroad Club

The Black Diamond Lines is an HO club located at 425 Fulton Shipyard Rd, Antioch. Scenery is 95% complete and there is a lot of operating action. In 2006 we celebrated our 25th year of operation (anniversary cars available). We meet Tues. and Fri.. 7:30 to 10:00 PM. Runs are the 3rd Fri. of the month.

Contact: President Tom Lutrel, 925-609-7093


Bay Area Ntrak Model Railroad Club

BANTrak MRC invites N scale modelers to visit us at the Wells Fargo Express Room, Southern Pacific Railroad depot, 902 Loring, Ave., Crockett, on Wed. and Sat., 10 AM to 3 PM.

Contact: Bob Lewis, 925-283-6838



Bay Area Z Module Cooperative

BAZ is a group in the SF Bay Area interested in developing and displaying Z scale modules. Members are building them to the "Z-Bend Track" Module miniModuleZ specs Anyone in Northern California interested in Z Scale railroading is welcome to join us. We meet Sundays 10 AM to 5 PM at members' houses.

Contact: Robert Ray

Yahoo group:

California Central Model Railroad Club

The CCMRC is located in the old Agnew depot (Santa Clara) of the Southern Pacific (4185 Bassett St.) directly across from the Lafayette St. gate of Agnew State Hospital. The theme of the 15' x 50' HO club is western railroading running from the Bay Area to Southern Oregon. We meet Fri., 7:30 to 11 PM. Operating sessions the 1st and last Fri. of the month.

Contact: 408-988-4449 (operating nights), or Wayne Cohen, 408- 779-0707.


Carquinez Model Railroad Society

We are located on the second floor of the Crockett Odd Fellows Lodge at 645 Loring Ave. Our three level mushroom style, HO scale layout occupies the full area of the old Lodge Room (36' X 60') with track laid and operational on the first level (staging) and second level (Oakland to Benicia). We meet Wed. and Fri., 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

Phone: 510-787-6703 (recorder) .Mail: P.O. Box 4057, Vallejo, CA 94590-0405

E-mail: or . Place "Carquinez Model Railroad Society" in the subject line.


Coastal Valley Lines

The CVL is an informal association of novice to advanced model railroaders who live in Sonoma County. We meet at 7:00 PM the 1st Thu. of the month. We operate our HO modular railroad at local public shows.

Contact: Brad Squires, 707-568-4298 or Don Hanesworth, 707-823-9615


Eel River Valley Model Railroaders

The Eel River Valley is an HO club with a NWP-layout series of modules under construction. We meet Fri., 7:30 PM at the Humboldt County Fair Grounds Commercial Building NW corner, Ferndale.

Contact: Ron Plies, 707-725-9063 Mail: P.O. Box 950, Fortuna, CA 95540



The Left Coast (Elsie) HOn30 group invites anyone interested to join us. We use existing standards for module construction hut are not merely a modular group.

Contact: Al Sandrini in Bakersfield, 661-322-7955; John Spelce in Martinez, 925-228-3279; or Ken Lunders in Cupertino, 408-777-9572.

Empire Builders Model Railroad Club (Oakland)

Starting over after a warehouse fire destroyed our layout, we are a small friendly group now constructing an HO layout of no specific origin based in the early 50's era. The mountain division is laid and operating, with a reasonable size yard operationally working well.

Work days are Saturday and during summer on Wednesdays. Our retired members also show up on occasional weekdays.

The club site is located at 3318 School St Oakland, CA

Call Charles at 510-917-5790 or Ted at 510-749-7099 for an invite to see/chat/join.

Please visit our website

Golden Empire Historical & Modeling Society

Bakersfield GEHAMS, founded in 1987 and in their current location since March '94, is dual-scale with a 30' x 100' HO, and a 18' x 80' N based on SP's route from Bakersfield to Mojave with Tehachapi Loop. Though under construction, mainlines are in with monthly operations.

Contact: Doug Wagner 661-589-0391 email:


Golden State Model Railroad Museum — East Bay Model Engineers Society

The Museum is located at 900-A Doman Drive in Miller-Knox Regional Park at Point Richmond. Visit us during weekly public hours as shown on our website or to meet members, inquire about membership and behind the scenes tours come Friday evenings between 7:30 and 10 PM (first Fridays are meetings); behind the scenes tours are also available most Wednesdays between 11 AM and 3 PM when work is going on. New members are welcomed in all Scales — 0, H0 and N. including narrow gauge and traction.

For general information check the website or call (510) 234-4884 (recording); for membership inquiries call (510) 236-1913 (to 8 PM). For other information or to schedule special events, email PR Director and Museum Secretary John Edginton:


Humboldt Bay & Eureka Model Railroad Club

The HB&EMRC meets at their clubhouse and layout at 10 West 7th St., Suite #C in Eureka, on Sat., 7:00 PM. Visitors are always welcome. Business meetings the 1st Sat of the month, 7:30 PM.

Contact: David Berriman P.O. Box 915, Arcata. CA 95518 707825-7689


Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society

Located at The Napa Valley Expo, (fairgrounds), 575 Third St., Napa, our railroad runs from Napa to Ukiah with off line connections to Stockton and Portland, has 700 feet of main line, and large classification yards at each end. The layout is never finished, as we are always rebuilding and improving! Era is 1940 to present. Member-owned rolling stock stresses reliability and realism. We meet Fri. 7:30 PM to 12, with formal nips the 2nd Fri. of the month.

Info: John Rodgers 707-226-2985 E-mail:



Our 700 members in nine countries model narrow gauge in "smaller scales". Nn3 describes 3', 3'6", and meter gauges, modeled in N or 2MM Scales. Our local portable exhibition layouts and modules regularly appear at conventions and shows. The Nn3 Handbook, 140 pages with 400 illustrations, covering all aspects of small scale narrow gauge, is available through the address on the website.

Official mailing address: The Nn3 Alliance, PO Box 6652, Chesterfield, MO 63006


Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society

Established in 1948. the SMR HS is located at 1990 Grand Ave., Sacramento. Modeled as the Sierra Central RR, both HO and HOn3 layouts. H0 layout is being rebuilt to depict SP/WP prototype. Open Tues. and Fri. nights, 7:30 PM.

Contact: 916-927-3618 E­mail:


Sacramento Modular Railroaders

Most of our events are operating sessions, where we make up trains in our large switch yard, and send road crews out to switch cars into and out of industries at the towns along the main line. The club owns a large main yard, the corner modules, some special modules, and some rolling stock. Members own their own modules and rolling stock. Contact: Dick Witzens, 916-684-1987


Sacramento Valley Live Steam Railroad Museum (Svlsrm)

The SVLS was founded in 1968 and is located in Hagen Community Park, Rancho Cordova, CA. Our initial 1500 feet of track has expanded to over 6300 feet of mainline and sidings. Approximately 1500 feet is dual gauge 4 ¾" and 7 ½". We can accommodate equipment ranging in size from 1 inch scale (standard gauge) to 5 inch scale (2 foot narrow gauge), the most common scale being 1 ½". Public run days are on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of each month during our operating season.


San Joaquin Valley Garden Railway Society

The SJVGRS was founded in July of 1995 to promote the joy of building and operating Garden Railways. We have grown to over 70 families in the Central Valley, meeting monthly at members' homes to spend the afternoon sharing our hobby, weather permitting. Dues: $25 a year for a family.

Contact info: Richard Emerson 559-439-7173 E-mail:

San Leandro Historical Railway Society

The SLHRS models the SP from Oakland/San Leandro to just east of Norden using the tri-level Donner Pass plan featured in the March '98 Model Railroader. It's housed in the former S.P., San Leandro depot, located at 1302 Orchard Ave., San Leandro (just off Davis St.). Work sessions Sat. 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM and Tues. 7:30 -9:30 PM, business meetings the 1st Fri. at 7:30 PM.

Contact: Pat LaTorres, 510-276-3121 email:


San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Club

SLOMRA members are actively engaged in 110, N, 0 and On30 scales. Work & non sessions on our N-scale modular layout monthly, and we are actively seeking new members to join us! Evening meetings on the 3rd Mon. of every month - 7pm at the Oceano Depot in Oceano.

Contact info: Email: Emailing list: SLOMRA . Jim Keating 805-458-8734


Silicon Valley Lines

The SVL is located at 148 E. Virginia St., San Jose. We meet Fri. 7:30 to 11:30 PM, with business meetings the 1st Fri. and operating sessions the last Fri. of the month. Our HO layout utilizing DCC for realistic operations, computer-generated train orders and radio-based dispatching.



South Bay Historical Railroad Society

SBHRS invites interested modelers to visit us in the historic Santa Clara CalTrain Depot, 1005 Railroad Ave., Santa Clara, Tues. 7:00 to 10:00 PM or Sat. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Contact: 408-243-3969


South Coast Society Of Model Engineers

We meet every 3rd Tues. at 7:30 PM, and other times. The club has no address, but consists of enthusiasts of all scales and prototypes in the Santa Barbara area, and has a collection of railroad books and videos for loan to members. Activities include operations and work sessions at member layouts, and field trips. Membership is $2 per month.

Contact: Secretary Walter Naumann, 805-564-1359 email:

Siskiyou Model Railroad Club

Siskiyou MRC will be meeting at members' homes through March. As the weather warms up will return to meeting at the YW depot. Thursdays--7 pm. Call for information. Tom Brass 530-842-4921, Glenn Joesten 530-340-2537. "12-inch scale live steam division" (the Yreka Western Blue Goose) is planned to operate at least on weekends this year. The 19 is being prepared for the annual FRA boiler inspection and volunteers are preparing for the Rules Training and Exam.

Tidewater Southern Railway Historical Society Inc.

Manteca, formerly the Manteca Model RR Club (org '73), TSR HS reorganized and incorporated in 1990. Located at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds, Building 1, (corner of Airport and Charter Ways (Hw 4), Stockton), a 2,400 sq. ft. alcove houses a large HO layout depicting the Tidewater Southern, several Valley towns, and museum display cases. We meet 6 - 8:30 PM Thursdays.

Contact: Ben Cantu, 209-825-7215 Mail: PO Box 882, Manteca, CA 95336 E-mail:


Tri-Cities Model Railroad Club

The TCSME is temporarily without a home or layouts. We are in the process of designing new HO and N scale layouts. The N scale layout will be in the Niles Depot with an expanded footprint. The H0 scale layout will he housed in the renovated Niles Freight Building. We are looking for new members that are interested in helping us design, build, and run on the new layouts.

Please visit our website at

Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society

The WCMRS, located at 2751 Buena Vista Ave, Walnut Creek, is open the last Fri. of the month from 8 to 10 PM for operations. Fares are $2 for 6-12 and seniors over 60 and $3 for adults. Membership is always open to interested 110 modelers.

Contact: 925-937-1888 (recorder)


West Bay Model Railroad Association

Meets at the former baggage building near the Menlo Park Railroad Station. The address is 1090 Merrill Street next to the tracks. The club meets every Wednesday from 7-10pm. Business meetings are on the second Wednesdays of the month and operating sessions, open to the public, are on the fourth Wednesdays. There are 0, S, and HO Scales on a large layout. Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Contact: West Bay Model RR Association 650-322-­0685

Web site at :