Tri-city model railroaders


The pictures on this page show some past layout scenes

Website updated:    August 29, 2017


The Tri-City Model Railroaders (TCMR) welcome you to their website and hope that its resources and information will be useful in your pursuit of this amazing hobby of model railroading. TCMR members are part of the Pacific Northwest Region’s 5th Division of the National Model Railroad Association.


The next public show of our modular layout is expected to be Sept 30 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Benton PUD auditorium in Kennewick. This will be a free event, so come join us for some fun train action!

Work is continuing at our site at 11 W. Kennewick Avenue in Kennewick. The room’s preparation work is essentially complete with main lighting systems now in operation. In cooperation with Columbia Basin College, welding students fabricated our needed steel benchwork components. All of these components are installed and plywood subroadbed is being attached to them along with interconnecting spline roadbed. Also, track is being laid. Check our “Progress” page for the latest photos. Be sure to scroll down on that page to see all pictures.

Our track plan design reflects a hybrid “mushroom” configuration to maximize the extent of the exhibit. To view the four levels of the layout design, click on the appropriate links below. The “Elevation View” file provides a composite depiction of all levels.

Elevation View

Level A (Wallula and staging for Hinkle & SPS-Spokane)

Level B (Pasco, Kennewick, City Lead, Finley/Wishram and NP-Spokane staging)

Level C (Toppenish and Yakima)

Level D (Cascade Mountains and Auburn/Seattle staging)

Helix Design

The planned, small retail operation and major display of railroad artifacts will be initiated at a future date.

Our progress on the new layout will be dependent on increased funding in the months and years ahead. CAN YOU HELP US? See the “Donations” discussion below for more information.


TCMR is a qualified educational organization under Section 501(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Cash and material donations may be tax deductible. Donors are encouraged to consult with their tax advisor before making specific donations. Non-cash donations should also be discussed with the organization before being made. Inquiries about possible donations can be made at TCMR’s email address (see next section).

TCMR is also a participant in Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program. This program allows shoppers to designate a preferred non-profit corporation to receive a portion of funds donated each year by the Fred Meyer Corporation. Donations are based on your Rewards Card purchases (with certain exclusions). Your own Rewards Card benefits remain unaffected and by designating our organization, you can help us build funding towards a permanent layout and educational exhibit. Click here for more information on this valued program ... and thank you for considering TCMR.


Do you have an interest in learning more about model railroading? Come visit us at a business meeting or show. Our calendar of upcoming activities is provided on the “Schedule” page of this website.

Applications are also being taken for new members and dues are reasonable. On the “Resources” page, more information is provided for prospective members.

After reviewing this website, you can also request additional information or ask to speak with a TCMR officer. Such requests can be easily made by email to: