Welcome to the North County Model Railroad Society website.
The North County Model Railroad Society is located at:
230 Peyri Dr, Oceanside, CA 92058 Click here for a map. We are open on Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm. The club welcomes your visit which is free but we do welcome donations.
You may contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there in the future and we now have the whole layout working.
Please look at the pictures below to see some of the interesting activities that are going on.
Trains 4 Kids
Thank you for your interest in our Trains 4 Kids program. The Trains 4 Kids layout was over 20 years old and had reached the end of its life.
We have discovered that parents who bring their children in the main club model railroad rooms realize how much work is involved to make it look realistic. We have added a number of interactive buttons that operate lights, sound and animation to enhance both the children and adult visitors experience. We also are working on several educational posters that we can use to explain how a steam engine works and how the railroad signal system works. There are two swap meets a year and we host several school classes each year to teach train operation, train safety and the basics of construction of the model railroad.
Swap Meets in 2020
Saturday April 11, 2020
Saturday October 10, 2020
We have about 50 enthusiastic members with many different skills. If you are considering building your own layout being a member is a good way to leatn all the skills required. Membership costs $25 a month.
The layout is controlled using either IOS or Android cell phones and our Wifi via JMRI. To operate on the layout one needs to have either WiThrottle on an IOS devise ( iPhone or iPad ) or Enginedriver on an Androide devise. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Harold’s home model railroad is a “freelance” Union Pacific transition era model with appropriate engines, buildings and automobiles for the time period. The track plan is a 13ft by 14ft dog bone type plan with towns in each of the loops. The track plan has two passing tracks, an alternate main route, a passenger station passing track and two industrial switching tracks. The main line curves are 30 inch radius and I used Peco flex track and turnouts.
The “main town” includes several businesses and industries. Industries include Abbott, Fred’s Displays and Exhibits, Sunrise Milling and Feed, Richmond Barrel Manufacturing, Ruddick Tools, Hamm’s Beer, Libertyville Freight and Transfer, Steve’s Building Supply, Bill’s Sheet Metal Shop, Bruckner Woodworking, and Mooney Plumbing. The other end of the model railroad also has a small town and two major facilities. The Shell Oil Refinery and the Union Pacific Steam Engine Facility are the two largest facilities on the model railroad. The steam engine facility includes an automated turntable that feeds the three stall roundhouse, four additional tracks and a pair of incoming and outgoing lead tracks. The facility also includes a water tank, coal tower, sand drying and loading and a machine shop.