Central Arkansas Model Railroad Club:Site support

Central Arkansas Model Railroad Club:Site support

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To join the club, click here: MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM. Print out the form, fill it in, and send it by US Mail to CAMRC with your check.


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Keep on Track

The fun of the model railroading hobby emerges from active participation in designing, building, and operating a train layout, mimicking the operation of real trains, and learning the significance of the railroads in American history, commerce, culture, and folklore.

The hobby stimulates creativity, challenges the imagination, and extends and enhances the lessons learned in school:

Math (layout planning and construction)

Science (electricity)

Art (model making).

The hobby inherently encourages pride in craftsmanship, respect for valuable collectibles, and compliance with the rules based on safety.

Information about the CAMRC

Purpose:

The Central Arkansas Model Railroad Club (CAMRC) promotes the train hobby through member participation in club-sponsored, train-related activities presented at no charge to the public. However, donations are gratefully accepted to help keep the trains running. We also enjoy traveling by train as rail fans, learning about railroads in this region, and sharing the history and legacy of railroads.

Activities:

Club members continually enhance and present two operating modular model railroads -- one is HO scale, the other is O-gauge. These large layouts, member layouts, guest club layouts, and other attractions are presented at Train Open House events 2x/year at the McGee Center in west Conway:

  • mid-June on the Saturday before Father's Day
  • mid-November on a Saturday in advance of the holiday season.

The club researched, designed, and performed the initial construction of the HO-scale layout now operated by volunteers in collaboration with the staff of the Faulkner County History Museum in downtown Conway. This highly detailed, fully scenicked layout is an accurate representation of the Conway area in the 1950s and shows how railroads played an important role in the founding of the city and the development of the county.

Some club members volunteer their time and expertise to repair and maintain the "Park Train" on the grounds of the Conway Human Development Center in town. That amusement-park-style mini-train is fully operational, with a diesel-profile locomotive up front, three open-top passenger cars, and a custom-modified car designed to safely transport CHDC residents who ambulate with wheel chairs.

Members:

We are train hobbyists with an interest in all sizes and gauges of model railroads from N scale (small) to G scale (large) and those in between – HO, S, and O. Some club members are long-time hobbyists and have train layouts at home. Newcomers – we affectionately call them “newbies” – who want to be involved in “The World’s Greatest Hobby” are welcome; especially families with youngsters.

Active Participation:

Families with children are welcome at club meetings and activities. Club dues are modest because our expenses are minimal, but our expectation for volunteer time and effort is high because we are a group of “doers.” The club communicates with members primarily via e-mail and through its website: [www.artrains.org].

Meetings:

Members meet regularly on the first TUESDAY evening of the month at 5:30 p.m. On May 6, 2014, the club will gather for a self-pay meal at THE FISH HOUSE restaurant in Conway. An informal-style meeting follows at 6 o'clock for discussion of club news, reports of status of projects, and decisions about the future course of the club.


For our membership application:  Click here