Tri-city model railroaders

 

The pictures on this page show some past layout scenes

Website updated:    July 26, 2018

WELCOME

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.


GENERAL NEWS

The next modular layout show will occur on September 22, 2018 in the auditorium of Benton PUD in Kennewick. Hours will be 10 am to 4 pm. Admission will be free, so come join us again for great train action!

Work is continuing at our site at 11 W. Kennewick Avenue in Kennewick. Tracking laying has been expanded to include the future Kennewick scene and a continuous train operation is planned by September. Continue to check our “Progress” section and be sure scroll down on that page to see the latest pictures.

An article was recently published in the 5th Division’s newsletter, The Goat, re: our new layout. Click here to access this article by downloading the Volume 21, Issue 2 (April-June 2018) file.

Our track plan design reflects a hybrid “mushroom” configuration to maximize the size 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 continues to be dependent on increased funding. CAN YOU HELP US? See the “Donations” discussion below for more information.


DONATIONS

TCMR is a qualified educational organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Cash and material donations may be tax deductible. With the new tax law now in effect, 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 exhibits. Click here for more information on this valued program ... and thank you for considering TCMR.


CONTACT US

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:  tcmr@owt.com.