Tri-city model railroaders

 

The pictures on this page show some past layout scenes

Website updated:    June 3, 2019

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

We are very pleased to announce that the modeled bridge structure for our future Columbia River scene has been received. This structure was done by renown model builder, Wayne Wesolowski. The bridge will be on display at a future date.

Our organization’s layout site (11 West Kennewick Avenue in the City of Kennewick) continues to be open to the public on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. During those times, a small retail operation is available, and our new layout can be seen. Items for sale include books, various structures, rolling stock pieces, detail parts, kits, T-shirts and other related (model) railroad items. All sales are on a final, cash-only basis. Also, please remember that we are a small organization and dependent on volunteer members to maintain the above schedule. Regrettably, there may be an occasional Saturday when we will not be open and no prior announcement can be made. Thank you for your understanding and continuing support.

Layout development is continuing with track work being essentially complete for both Pasco and Kennewick areas as well as on Level A. Continuous train operations are now occurring on both Levels A and B in conjunction with helix tracks. Some limited scenery work has also started on Level B near the front entrance.

Our design plan for this HO-scale layout 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

For the latest pictures of the organization’s work, please the “Progress” page of this website.

Our work 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 an open house, local show or business meeting. 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.