∙ History 2002 through 2006: Written by then Club President, Al Cuevas.
The club, then known as North County Modular Railroad Society, remained in the San Marcos location until late 2004. In 2004, the club applied for a 501(c)(3) status. This was approved and became effective in mid-2005. At the same time the club received a notice to vacate the current location in east San Marcos. After much searching, an agreement was reached with the owner of Boney’s Supermarket in Oceanside to lease a small area of their upstairs warehouse.
In December of 2004 the club moved to the second floor of Boney’s. By mid-January 2005 we had built our room, installed lights, set up our traveling layout and were working on developing a plan for our permanent layout. In April 2005 the layout was finalized and construction began on our new permanent layout. The summer of 2005 brought word from the IRS that the club’s application for a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) status was approved and became effective.
During this time we had a very active membership recruitment campaign. A number of new people joined the club bringing our membership to just under forty members. Some of these people have become very active.
In late 2005 our mainline track had been completed to the point that members could run trains. Scenery was being developed along the first peninsula.
During the first half of 2006 scenery work continued and a few areas started looking complete. Members ran their trains not only for their own enjoyment but to test the track. A four camera monitor was installed to allow engineers to see into the blind areas when running trains through the partition.
Since our beginnings at Boney’s we have been holding open houses on every Saturday from 10 am until 3 pm. That has expanded to Thursdays. We have been featured in two cable TV shows along with newspaper articles in the San Diego Union Tribune and North County Times.
As the Sprinter approaches operational status, some of our members will be conducting “Operation Lifesaver” classes. The purpose of these classes is to inform the public about rail safety. Target audiences will be schools, Boy and Girl Scout groups and people located along the Sprinter route.