Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay & Western Model Railroad Club website. The Chesapeake Bay Railroaders began in July 1974 with their first layout in the Grafton Hobby Center. Club members in 1975 decided 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 quickly as the layout was completed, the club outgrew the layout. in February 1995, additional space in the current building became available and the club rented the entire building and began expanding the layout to utilize the additional space.
During the summer of 1996, trains were began limited operations in the new western end of the railroad and most of the heavy construction complete. A great deal of track laying, scenery, and electrical wiring remained to be done. The layout is fully functional today and spans the entire length and width of the building cover four levels. Mainline runs from one end to the other require 35 – 45 minutes (dependent on speed and traffic), while rising nearly seven (7) feet in elevation. You will often find 8 to 12 trains traversing the layout when members are having fun at the club.
The CB&W Model Railroaders is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. We are qualified, under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Service code to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, and gifts. The club is funded by member dues and donations. We run 4-5 public open house event yearly and are available for private events by appointment. Visitors are welcome any time there are members of the club. If you’re interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please contact Mr. Ralph Digges (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will provide the qualifying documents.
Current membership stands at nearly 70 members residing in York County, Hampton, Newport News, James City County, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Come and experience our fantastic Model Railroad Empire!