The Tri-City Model Railroaders are the only model railroad group serving the Mid-Columbia region with the following timeline of their history:
- • Earliest member activities date back to the late 1960‘s.
- • Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1972. Two of the original 30 founding members remain active in the organization today.
- • Developed several layouts with its longest-established one formerly located along the Columbia River at the site of the current Lewis and Clark Overlook in the City of Richland.
- • Developed a popular modular layout (completed in 1990; size: 20’ x 28’) that was displayed and operated at various events including the Toppenish Western Art and Railroad Show, annual Richland Community Show, local antique and TRAC shows, the County Fair and at the REACH Museum. The layout was abandoned in February 2020. If you would like to see a brief video on the modular layout’s earlier operations, just click here.
- • Developed a demonstration layout for display and operation from Years 2005 thru 2007 at the former CREHST Museum that resulted in substantial increases of attendance.
- • Hosted regional and mini-meet events of the Pacific Northwest Region of NMRA.
- • Became a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in Year 2013.
- • Latest permanent site was purchased in August 2016. Layout construction is well advanced and a retail operation has also been started to satisfy City of Kennewick zoning requirements.
The Mission of the Tri-City Model Railroaders is to create and maintain a miniature depiction of railroad equipment and operations for the education and enjoyment of its membership and the public and for the preservation of historical and current railroad contributions to the development of the Mid-Columbia Region and its transportation network.