Club Membership

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.

Current Members

Active: 70


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

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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...]

Model Railroad Clubs in Virginia

Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, INC.

(HO Scale) - Vienna, VA

Prince William County Model Railroad Club

(HO Scale) - Quantico, VA

Winchester Model Railroad Club

(HO Scale) - Winchester, VA

Lynchburg Area N-Scalers

(N Scale) - Lynchburg, VA

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Northern Virginia NTRAK

(N Scale) - Manassas, VA

Peninsula Model Railroad Club

(N Scale) - Newport News, VA

Tidewater Modular Railroad Club

(HO Scale) - Virginia Beach, VA

RR Friends (All Scales)
Fredericksburg, VA

Winchester Model Railroad Club

Recommended Vendors Railroad Travel, Hobby & Industry

The Train Station - When in Ohio, visit Columbus' premier all-scale railroad store. Ask for Mike Flick or his son, Marty and enjoy central Ohio's best in model railroading stock and supplies.

Ralph's Trains
- Ever sit at a rail crossing, counting cars and wondering how you could purchase life like railroad loads? Visit "Ralph's Trains" and see authentic flat bed loads in several scales.

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- Interested in HO scale engines and rolling stock. Contact Merle Morey.

Valley Railroad Model Trains - Hampton Roads area of Virginia (Newport News, Virginia Beach, Norfolk), Valley features HO, N, O and Z scale products for the rail enthusiast.

Dale's Trains - Visit Hampton Roads premier all-scale model railroad store.