Club Officers

 2017 - 2018


President - Geoff Holman

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Geoff is a past President of the CB&W who joined the club in 2011.  As the Founder and Managing Partner of Coaction Group, his company helps businesses with assorted technology and web related activities related to their business.  Geoff primarily models Western Maryland, C&O, and Pennsy.  Graduating from MIT with a Chemical Engineering degree, Geoff continues to assist the club with electrical, track, scenery and many other areas.  He began his love of trains at the age of 10 and continues to expand his knowledge with new developments in the hobby.  Holman plans to continue building the club as a platform for collaboration, community sharing, and education.

Vice President - Roger Bir

Roger BirRoger is a retired air force officer who joined the cb&w in November 2007 after a successful "part-time" career as a NCAA football and wrestling referee.  Prior to becoming the club's vice-president, Roger served as the house committee chairman, as well as the editor of the club newsletter and co-chairman of the club's website.  While he favors passenger trains, he displays a wide variety of freight consists as well. His number one railroad is Union Pacific while BNSF is a close second.

Treasurer - Paul Mirick


Paul begins his “second” tour as club treasurer.  After two years in the Army, Paul graduated from Virginia Tech with an aerospace engineering degree.  Paul’s degree took him to the NASA Langley Research Center where he worked in the Transonic Dynamic wind tunnel doing research on rotary wing aircraft.  In 1995, his first wife needed an accountant to help with her small business.   So when he retired from civil service, Paul joined his stepson to help his wife full-time until her death in 2005.  They continued the business until cancer forced him to step down in 2013.   Paul “dabbled” in model railroading as a boy and picked up the hobby after graduating from college.   Paul first joined the CB&W in 1983 but left the club three years later to start a family.  He rejoined the club in 2005.  Paul models New Haven, N&W, Southern, and Pennsylvania railroads.

Secretary - Lowell Asher


This marks Lowell’s second term as club secretary.  He is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and in his “second” career is a Project Leader for the MITRE Corporation.  Lowell has been a model railroader most of his life, starting with Lionel and eventually moving to HO scale.  Lowell prefers layout work of any kind but has a soft spot for scenery, especially anything requiring the construction of hills or mountains.  Lowell primarily models diesel era trains with an emphasis on Conrail and BNSF. 



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.