Our passion for creating a realistic microcosm of the world of trains and providing engaging experiences for our members and visitors is the fuel behind what we have done at the Chesapeake Bay & Western Model Railroad Club.
Whether you want to see industrial complexes, country towns, big cities or rolling countryside you will find it on the railroad. There are hundreds of building structures, thousands of trees, large train yards and many water features to be viewed. Visit us to see them all.
During operating sessions, traffic across the railroad is managed by two remote dispatchers who control all movements on the railroad. Engineers communicate prototypically using radios, as well as observing signal indications on some portions of the layout.
Double track mainline through beautiful scenery on a 40 minute trip from Langley Yard to French Creek. Single track mainline sections require engineers be aware of oncoming traffic while switching operations ensure deliveries are made to diverse industries across the layout.
The CB&W is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and operates as a 501c3 non-profit hobby organization. Member dues and donations are our primary source of funds to support our operations.
A multi-level model railroad housed in a 2400 sq. ft, building. Double track mainline totals 28.7 scale miles with an equal amount of siding and industry trackage. Layout showcases multiple large helixes to support elevation changes.
A wide variety of steam locomotives and all eras of diesel power representing railroads in North America, Europe and Asia. You will see railroads names from A to Z, and some you may not know existed.
Scenic areas across the layout that include industrial complexes, mountainsides, refineries, small country towns and water ports. Layout theme focuses on areas found in West Virginia where coal was the primary source of revenue.
I've never seen anything this big with so much detail. How long did it take to build?
I come to several of your Open House events and every time I have a hard time getting my 5-year-old son to leave. It's amazing what you guys have done.
I haven't been here in about ten years and it's remarkable what you guys have done. I really like the lights in the building across the layout. It adds so much life to each of the scenes. The attention to details makes a huge difference. I will certainly be back when I'm in the area again.
We first found out about you 5 years ago at a big train show in Maryland and have been coming to our Fall Open House ever since. We look forward every year to the road trip from Washington DC to see the layout during our birthday celebration weekend. Keep up the good work.
If I lived closer, I would most certainly become a member. All this space to run lots of trains. I feel like I'm a little boy again. Thanks for sharing the experience and letting me run a train.