|Tampa Bay Model Railroad Club
We are a train club of HO scale model railroaders located in Tampa Florida. We meet weekly to run trains, build and maintain track, and enjoy the camaraderie of other railroad hobbyists. We are continuing to grow with current new projects and are looking forward to an exciting future of model railroading down the tracks. Welcome to the Tampa Bay Model Railroad Club!
The purpose of the club is to build, operate, and promote model railroading for the benefit and enjoyment of the club members and the community at large.
Every Monday morning we meet to run trains, work on a DCC layout, and socialize. The layout is located at the Lutheran Church Of Our Saviour.
8401 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa FL
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A Brief History of the Tampa Bay Model Railroad Club
In January 1996, Max Saus, a resident of the Twelve Oaks housing subdivision in Tampa, ran an ad in their neighborhood newsletter to see if anyone was interested in starting a modular model railroad club. Six men responded. The seven met later that month, and the Twelve Oaks Model Railroad Club was born (of that group, the only remaining member is Jay Dillinger).
Each member built one or two HO scale modules, and periodically they put them together for a weekend run, either in someone's garage or in a church hall or clubhouse meeting room.
Slowly, the word spread and the membership began to grow. Most new members did not live in Twelve Oaks. In 1998, with about 20 members on the roster, a decision was made to convert from DC to Digital Command Control (DCC).
Then in 2002, with members in three counties and many subdivisions, the Twelve Oaks Model Railroad Club voted to change its name to the Tampa Bay Model Railroad Club.
Today, the Tampa Bay Model Railroad Club consists of some 25 members from around the Tampa Bay area and (including our "snowbird" members) from around the country.