With a history dating back to 1939, the Rochester Model Railroad club is one of the oldest such clubs in the country. Five model railroaders began construction of the HO layout, which depicts the Seneca Valley Lines, in the basement of a small radio and electronics store on Genesee Street. The organization was originally called the Kodak City Model Railroad Club. At one point the club was even housed in a building where the Riverside Convention Center now stands. In 1983 the club changed its name to the Rochester Model Railroad Club and became an educational, non-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching people the hobby of model railroading.
In mid-1989 the club moved to the current location in the basement of the First Universalist Church in downtown Rochester. An entirely new layout was started and is currently a spectacular 40’ x 60’ layout featuring a HO scale railroad built to capture the flavor and operation of railroading from Jersey City, through northeast Pennsylvania and the rolling hills of Western New York to the busy city of Buffalo. The mainline of the railroad is double-tracked and is approximately 350 feet long. Geneva Station, Victor, Rochester Junction, Caledonia, and the Buffalo Lackawanna Terminal are some of the places accurately represented in miniature along the railroad. Members have used photos, actual plans, on-site visits and pictures to recreate many of the scenes, buildings and bridges of the various railroads and towns in the area. One of the highlights of the layout is the beautiful Lehigh Valley Gorge. Visitors will be surprised at the detail and artistry of the layout. During the annual open house there will be a continuous parade of trains, ranging from early steam-powered locomotives to today’s modern diesels. Thomas the Tank Engine will make a special appearance for the children.
The railroad club’s annual open house will be Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00am until 5:00pm and Sunday, March 3rd from 1:00-5:00pm in the basement of the First Universalist Church on South Clinton Avenue in Rochester. Admission is $5.00 for adults; children 12 and under are free; and there is a $15 maximum for a family. The basement of the church is not handicap accessible.
For further information please contact Mark Rossiter at 585-301-6172 or visit the website at www.RocMRRC.Com