3rd Division, Pacific Northwest Region of the NMRA

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Clubs and Layouts

Organizations and Clubs;

Nampa Model Railroad Club, Inc., is seeking new members.  We meet Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.  Business meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.  HO scale with approximately 300 ft. of mainline and 100 ft. of branch line.  Operating system is by CVP Products EASYDCC System with 4 digit addressing and 900 MHz wireless handheld controllers.  Located in the basement of the Village Square on the corner of 2nd Street South and 13th Ave., downtown Nampa. Click here for directions.  Info: Wade Bloom, President, (208) 861-9601 or Holly Tomlinson, Operations Director, (208) 869-5731. namparrclub@gmail.com

Old Boise N - Scale Model Rail Road Club.;Located in the Pioneer Building at 6th and Main in downtown Boise, they meet every Tuesday at 7:00 PM.  Call Darrell at (208) 830-6135 for more information.

Caldwell Model Railroad Club, Inc.,  Located at 809 Dearborn in Caldwell, right behind the Old Pennywise Drug Store.  They meet every Wednesday, 7 to 9 P.M. and Saturday, 1 to 4 P.M.   Info: Dave Wilson (208) 454-2346 bigapple5@juno.com .  For further information click on the club name.

The Eagle Rock Railroad Historical Society, Inc. Eagle Rock is the original name of the Idaho Falls town site.  We are dedicated to preserving the history of railroading in Southeast Idaho and the surrounding areas through the use of model railroading and historical displays.

Pocatello Model Railroad and Historical Society.   PMRHS is pleased to share with you some of the pleasure that we enjoy in model railroading and preserving some of the history of railroading in and around our South Eastern Idaho community.

The Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers invite you to join in the fun of S-scale.  Based in Boise, we have members in all corners of the state who are dedicated to promoting 1:64 scale model railroading.  Our award winning portable layout, Lookout Junction, has been featured in S magazines and in video, and represented Idaho at the National Train Shows in Seattle (2004) and Sacramento (2011).  At 550 square feet, Lookout Junction provides the option of AC/DCC operation, running four independent trains on two levels with 45 turnouts, two wyes, a 10 track yard, two crossovers, an HO scale ("narrow gauge") logging train, a radio controlled helicopter, and the famous double crossing that gives the layout its name.  Often featured at train shows across Idaho, the club is currently preparing the layout for its next national appearance at the 2015 National Train Show in Portland.  We generally meet the third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. to work on the layout and plan the events of the club.  For information, contact John Eichmann, john@rockymountainhirailers.com, or Shane Jibben,sjibben@nxnw.net.

Southern Idaho Garden Railway Society. Dedicated to running trains in the middle of gardens or building gardens around running trains.... whichever, in the Treasure Valley area of southwestern Idaho.  For further information contact Ed Garlock, 338-9056, haus57@clearwire.net or Floyd Warden, 375-4286, fwarden@wgz.org

TNT Modeling Group.  A round robin style group of modelers and train nuts the bulk of which live in the Boise and Meridian portion of the Treasure Valley of southwestern Idaho.  This group was organized with the intent of assisting each other with the construction and operation of its members' layouts.  We meet when someone in the area volunteers to host an operating or construction session and can generally be found at the two scheduled operating sessions mentioned above.  This is a tough organization to join, dues - $0.00, elected or appointed officers - zero, attendance requirements - zero, enthusiasm level for any given event - whatever you feel is fair.  For further information contact Tom Waters (208) 375-4796 twaters8@msn.com

Private Railroads;

    Leisure Prairie Railroad.  An N scale layout in Nampa, Idaho somewhat based on northern Idaho's Camas Prairie road with many bridges and trestles.  A very impressive layout.

    Teton Short Line.   An HO scale layout In Pocatello, Idaho frozen in the the late 50's and early 60's.  A mixture of light steam and 4 axle diesel powered freight and passengers trains traverse a North-South route, along the Idaho/Wyoming border to bridge the Great Northern and Union Pacific Railroads.

    Boise, Nampa & Owyhee Railroad.   An HO scale layout in Boise, Idaho set in the late 1800's.  Small equipment with truss rods, excellent scenery and detail.  Well worth the trip not only back in time but out to the south forty to see it!

    Elbow Valley Railroad.   An HO scale layout in Boise, Idaho set in the mid 50's.  The Elbow Valley Railroad is a privately owned short line that connects the Union Pacific in the Treasure Valley of Southern Idaho with the inland port of Lewiston, in Northern Idaho.

    Avery Power and Light Co.   IN MEMORY OF BRUCE McCOSH: An HO scale layout in Boise, Idaho set in the mid 50's.  Using early diesel, light and heavy traction.  Avery Power and Light Co. provides freight and passenger service between the Milwaukee Road's division point at Avery, Idaho and the surrounding area communities and businesses.

Operating sessions:

    Joel Slagg hosts two operating sessions each month on his HO scale Union Pacific Nevada Division layout.  These sessions are generally held on the first Tuesday at 7:30PM and third Friday at 1:30 PM  Click here for the schedule and contact information.

    Rick Uhlenkott hosts an operating session on his N scale Leisure Prairie layout.  His layout is based on the scenery, trestles and bridges of northern Idaho's Camas Prairie railroad.  Operating sessions are generally on the fourth Tuesday of the month.  Contact Rick for verification and directions.  (208) 465-0371 rduhlenkott@aol.com