Membership in the Chesapeake Bay & Western Railroad Club is currently open to perspective members, who are encouraged to stop by during one of the regularly scheduled operating sessions. The club is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and operates as a non-profit hobby organization. CB&W derives its income soley from member dues, proceeds from railroad flea markets held in during multiple CB&W Open House events and public donations.
The club meets every Thursday night at 7:30 PM. Business meeting are held on the first Thursday of each month, while the remaining Thursday nights are reserved for regularly scheduled operating sessions. Major layout construction, maintenance, scenery and other work activities are normally done on Tuesday nights or other times convenient for the workers involved. You will find many members at the club during the weekends running trains, working on their equipment or just hanging out talking shop. These are very good times to share various techniques for locomotive maintenance, DCC decoder installation, weathering and many other aspects of model railroading. There are usually 6 to 10 engineers running trains on the layout during the weekends, as well.
CB&W members are issued clubhouse keys following the completion of their probation period and are free to work on or operate the layout at any time, provided they have been qualified in the details of its operation. Trains operated on the layout must be inspected for compliance with National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) and club standards such as wheel gauge, weight, and Kadee or Kadee-compatible couplers.