Tri-city model railroaders

 

These pictures show some past layout scenes

Website updated:    November 7, 2020

WELCOME

The Tri-City Model Railroaders (TCMR) welcome you to their website and hope that its resources and information will be useful in your pursuit of this amazing hobby of model railroading. TCMR members are part of the Pacific Northwest Region’s 5th Division of the National Model Railroad Association.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Due to the current coronavirus situation, our facility (11 West Kennewick Avenue in the City of Kennewick) remains closed to all visitors until further notice. We will announce our re-opening at an appropriate time in the future.

The organization’s modular layout, in use at various times since 1990 and seen at many venues, has now been abandoned. We hope our viewers and supporters will retain fond memories of the layout’s operations. If you would like to see a brief video on the layout, just click here.

See the “Progress” section for the photos of the latest layout now under construction and as discussed below. Updated drawings for Levels C & D are now available, too (see below).

**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: Two fundraising events are now underway: one for Tupperware (ending November 23rd) and the other for Mary Kay items (ending December 15th).  For more information on Tupperware, click here. For more information on Mary Kay, click here. Thank you for participating and helping our organization.


GENERAL NEWS

When our organization’s permanent site reopens to the public (Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm), a small retail operation will still be available, and our new layout can be seen. Items for sale include books, various structures, rolling stock pieces, detail parts, kits, T-shirts, mugs and other related (model) railroad items. All sales are on a final, cash-only basis. Also, please remember that we are a small organization and dependent on volunteer members being available for the above schedule.

Layout development is continuing. Track work is complete for both Pasco and Kennewick areas on Level B as well as the Wallula and staging areas on Level A. Continuous train operations can now occur on both Levels A and B in conjunction with helix tracks.

Trackwork is nearly complete to Level C within both helices and track centerlines have been largely established on Level C. Subroadbed is also being extended to Level D within the easterly helix

The special modeled bridge structure for our future Columbia River scene has been completed and delivered by renown model builder, Wayne Wesolowski. The bridge will be on display at a future date.

Our design plan for this HO-scale layout reflects a hybrid “mushroom” configuration to maximize the size of the exhibit. To view the four levels of the layout design, click on the appropriate links below. The “Elevation View” file provides a composite depiction of all levels.

Elevation View

Level A (Wallula and staging for Hinkle & SPS-Spokane)

Level B (Pasco, Kennewick, City Lead, Finley/Wishram and NP-Spokane staging)

Level C (Toppenish and Yakima)

Level D (Cascade Mountains and Auburn Staging)

Helix Design

Our work on the new layout continues to be dependent on increased funding. CAN YOU HELP US? See the “Donations” discussion below for more information.


DONATIONS

TCMR is a qualified educational organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Cash and material donations may be tax deductible. With the new tax law now in effect, donors are encouraged to consult with their tax advisor before making specific donations. Non-cash donations should also be discussed with the organization before being made. Inquiries about possible donations can be made at TCMR’s email address (see next section).

TCMR is also a participant in Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program. This program allows shoppers to designate a preferred non-profit corporation to receive a portion of funds donated each year by the Fred Meyer Corporation. Donations are based on your Rewards Card purchases (with certain exclusions). Your own Rewards Card benefits remain unaffected and by designating our organization, you can help us build funding towards a permanent layout and educational exhibits. Click here for more information on this valued program ... and thank you for considering TCMR.


CONTACT US

After reviewing this website, you can also request additional information or ask to speak with a TCMR official. Such requests can be easily made by email to:  tcmr@owt.com.