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About the Club

The Western North Carolina Model Railroaders is a 100% National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) club located in Asheville, NC.

The "Western North Carolina Model Railroaders, Inc." named Western North Carolina Model Railroaders are hobbyists drawn together by a common interest in railroading and model railroading. Our club was chartered on May 19, 1974. Operations are conducted by officers and a board of directors, and are governed by a constitution and bylaws. Membership is open to all men and women of all ages. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome at all group activities.

Our goals are to promote model railroading within western North Carolina. We sponsor and support model train shows, conventions, clinics, contests, field trips and any other train related activities within a reasonable distance from Asheville.

Program at our meetings are designed to provide information about railroading and model railroading, to help improve skills in various area of model railroading and to offer opportunities for members to participate in model railroading activities and events at local, regional and national levels.

Members of the club also have the opportunity to participate in "Modular Model Railroading," one of the hottest trends in today's hobby. Members build and operate individual 2 ft. by 4 ft. HO scale modules, each of which conforms to a common standard. The modules can be combined into a large layout which is often displayed and operated for the public at malls, exhibitions, train shows and other events.

Each year the club holds its annual Western North Carolina Train Show. This event, which attracts hundreds of spectators, features operating layouts and numerous vendors selling many hobby-related items. It has become a tradition in the mountain area.

Our newspaper, "The Semaphore." is published monthly and features information about upcoming meetings and other club activities, articles of railroad interest and other hobby-related news.

If you are interested in joining the Western North Carolina Model Railroaders, Inc. or would like additional information about us feel free to contact us.

Our club is presently within a division of the Southeastern Region of the NMRA. NMRA membership automatically gives you the local division and region membership, which is Land O'Sky division, which is SER Division 15. For information on NMRA membership see the NMRA website, for the more information on the SER see the SER website.


Regular meeting are scheduled for the first Thursday
of each month, at 7:00 PM

We meet every month except July, in the Administration Building of Eliada Home

Programs at the meetings are designed to provide information about railroading and model railroading and to help improve skills in various areas of model railroading. We offer opportunities for members to participate in model railroading activities and events at local, regional, and national levels.
Clinics cover a wide range of topics including layout construction, scenery techniques, wiring, weathering, and prototypical operation. Other events include the annual "White Elephant" sale that offers bargains for the members, contests to test members' model building skills, and occasional field trips to observe railroading in real life, and the annual picnic in July.
WNC Train Show
The Asheville Train Show, a tradition in the mountain area and our 24th annual show is at the Western NC Agricultural Center on February 28 &March 1, 2014.

We would like to invite you to join us at the Asheville Train Show, for more details click here.


The club’s train on our modular layout