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Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay & Western Railroad

"ALL ABOARD" and welcome. The Chesapeake Bay & Western Model Railroad Club is a not-for-profit HO scale railroad club dedicated to advancing our skill and enjoyment of the hobby. We invite you to use the site to communicate with us....to journey and discover more about this fascinating hobby. We are located in York, Virginia with our membership currently at 48 members residing in York County, Hampton, Newport News, James City County, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach.

Here are some pictures of equipment owned and run by some of our members.  Every month, we will feature locomotives, rolling stock and projects in progress on the layout.  Please check our site frequemtly to keep up with the ever changing landscape of the Chesapeake Bay & Western Model Railroad.

About Us

"ALL ABOARD!" and welcome to the Chesapeake Bay & Western model railroad club web site. The Chesapeake Bay Railroaders began in July, 1974 with their first layout built in the Grafton Hobby Center. A decision was made by club members in 1975 to dismantle the layout and move it to a farmhouse at 246 Railway Road in Grafton Virginia.

Seven years later, in April 1982, the club rented the east half of the present building and began construction on what is now the current layout. As quick as the layout was completed, the club had outgrown the layout. A decision was made in February 1995 to rent the entire building and plans were begun to expand the layout.

A year later in the summer of 1996, trains were beginning some limited operation into the new western end of the railroad and most heavy construction was complete. However, a great deal of track laying, scenery and electrical wiring remained to be done.

The CB&W Model Railroaders is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. We are qualified, under section 170 of the Internal Revenue code to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts. If you're interested in making a donation and would like a tax deduction receipt, please contact Ralph Digges (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Current membership stands at 70 members residing in York County, Hampton, Newport News, James City County, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.


Model Railroading Tips

Tools to Help You Apply a Small Drop of Glue

(Geoff Holman)

How many times have you needed to apply a very small amount of glue to parts that need repair or assembly on you HO Scale models?  We all have experienced the frustration of finding "the right" tool to help us with this task.  Recently, I came across a great tool that will help you with this task.  It's called "The Glue Looper," and it will allow you to put glue exactly where you need it.  It will fit in virtually any hobby knife handle that uses a flat clemping vise and is extremely easy to use.  Another cool thing, it's made in the USA.  Check out this short video and see for yourself.

The GlueLooper In Action

The Glue Looper Explained

Take it from me, I picked up a couple of them and they are well worth the money. Check it out!

Painting and Weathering Using Common Household Items

(article from Model-Train-Tips.com)

Always on the lookout for cost effective ways to enhance their model railroad layouts, modelers continue to come up with unique methods for weathering. Painting Here’s a tip where Palmer Schatell describes one way he paints some components of his layout: When airbrushing HO [cars & engines], with a little hand molding, the soft cardboard rolls that toilet paper comes on fits into the cars and locomotive bodies and provides a way of holding these objects. I used the cap from a spray can fastened to the center of an inexpensive Lazy Susan to allow me to turn the bodies without having … [Read more...]

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