MANY ACCOMPLISHED LOCAL MODEL RAILROADS
Cincinnati Division 7 is blessed with an abundance of quality model railroads with over 50 featured in popular model railroad magazines, including 16 published so far in Model Railroader magazine's prestigious annual Great Model Railroads. Click here to see a summary of all the local layouts photographed by noted modeler, photographer and author Lou Sassi and featured in Kalmbach Publications magazines (MR, GMR, MRP).
LAYOUT LISTS and PHOTOS
Far below are lists of most of the many layouts in our area, including scale(s) and publications, classified into 3 groups: Clubs and Museums, Indoor Home Layouts and Garden Railways. Some layouts have an attached photo collage. Click on the underlined bold name links in the lists to see those pics. All photos by John Burchnall except some by EnterTrainment Junction, Tom Patterson, Randy Kerka and Jim Rollwage in their respective layout collages, plus a Cinder Sniffer photo by Ruth Anne Burchnall.
Please see the following YouTube links for trackside and loco cab view videos of some local layouts. All are filmed and produced by local modeler Joe Ross using special high resolution cameras.
CLUBS and SOCIETIES
Click here for a single page database of Greater Cincinnati Railroad Clubs & Societies. See also below for descriptions of some of those clubs and societies, as well as photos and lists of many layouts.
Cincinnati Railroad Club
A prominent area-wide prototype railroad club. Visit their web site.
Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Garden Railway Society members learn, exchange ideas and enjoy the hobby of large scale indoor/outdoor model railroading. Garden Railroading is a fun hobby and the GCGRS is a fun oriented organization. Many of their members helped build the huge layout within EnterTrainment Junction. Visit their web site for info or contact them at 859-344-0671.
Greater Cincinnati Modular Railroad Association
GCMRA is a non-profit group of HO scale model train enthusiasts who gather several times per year to assemble their individual modules into one large layout at train shows and other public events. Visit their web site for more information or contact Jim Klare at (513) 574-7048
Cincinnati Chapter of National Railway Historical Society
The Cincinnati Chapter of the NRHS meets at in their library, museum and office at EnterTrainment Junction located at 7369 Squire Court in West Chester, OH 45069-2314. Visit their web site for more information.
Cincinnati Model Railway Club
The Cincinnati Model Railway Club, a 100% NMRA Club, was formed in 1934 and is Ohio's oldest model railroad club and one of the five oldest clubs in the United States. The purpose of the club is to promote model railroading in general and two rail O Scale railroading in particular. They construct and operate a multi-level club layout in a 30' by 60' room. Anyone interested in O Scale or any aspect of model railroading is invited to contact them and receive more information on their open work sessions and their monthly operating sessions. Visitors are always welcome and membership is open to any NMRA member. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club
This club is looking for a new site to rebuild their two-level HO layout depicting the real Cincinnati Northern Railroad that once ran from Franklin to Van Wert, Ohio, as if it had remained an independent railroad in the 1950s. They also operate and exhibit a 10' x 17' prize-winning HO modular layout. Visitors always welcome. Visit their website or contact Kurt Albrecht at 513-638-8638 or email@example.com for more info.
The Eastern Loggers
This group of modelers have donated their award winning museum quality HO standard and narrow gauge sectional layout to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum near Coudersport, PA. The layout depicts Pennsylvania logging industries in the early 1920's. For more info contact John Burchnall at 513-205-6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lebanon Modelers are an informal group of model railroaders of all ages and skills, meeting monthly normally at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Ohio, typically on the 3rd Thursday night. All are welcome. Contact Bob Chapman at 513-228-0551 or email@example.com, or Dave Moran at 513-932-3756 or DMoran@daytonymca.org.
Queen City HiRailers
An "O" gauge 3-rail modular train group currently looking for a new home. They construct and display their modular railroad to promote an interest in "O" gauge model railroads, to encourage interest in model railroading of all scales, and to provide a model RR for use to operate their member's equipment. Visit their website at: http://www.queencityhirailers.org/.
Queen City N-Gineers
Since 1984, this club created and exhibits a unique modular N-scale layout utilizing a 4 track mainline and 42" depth to maximize both operations and scenery. Other activities include a forum to exchange railroading ideas, newsletter, and fun annual club and family events. Contact John Shields at 513-561-8691 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Valley Sipping & Switching Society
A group of model railroad enthusiasts who own and operate an HO scale modular railroad in the greater Cincinnati area. The club sets up and operates the layout at model train shows and other venues. All members strive to create highly detailed modules that flow together and based on the landscape of the American Midwest. For more info contact Brian Sellers at 513-290-3370 email@example.com.
Ross Rails is a non-profit group of HO Scale Model Train Enthusiasts. They are looking for a new home to rebuild their layout. Visit their web site or contact Jerry Romine at 513-459-7520.