The membership of our Division comes from six counties in the Lower Hudson River Valley: Ulster, Sullivan, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Putnam Counties


The Hudson Valley Division is in the Northeastern Region (NER) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) has been in existence for almost 80 years. Our Division was founded in 1946 in Kingston by members who are now the Kingston Model Railroad Club. We are in New York State’s lower Hudson River valley, which includes Dutchess and Putnam counties (east of the Hudson River) as well as Ulster, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan counties (west of the River). We hold monthly meetings and schedule the meetings in the counties we serve. We also have a planning meeting in December. We usually have a presence at local train shows and railroad historical society banquets. Our members have wide ranging interests including DCC, DC, model building, operations, and prototype information in a variety of scales.

We are railroad modelers who share a common interest in learning how to build realistic models, studying how railroads operated throughout history, getting outside to observe freight and passenger trains, and getting to know one another. Some of us have yrain layouts, some of us focus on building realistic models of structures, railroad equipment or scenes of interest and others just want to learn more about our fascinating hobby from each other.

We do not model a particular scale. Model railroading encompasses a range of sizes. The smallest commercial size is Z scale, whose locomotives are 220 times smaller than a full-sized locomotive. Regardless of scale, whether it be N, HO, O, etc., the modeling techniques that we learn are useful and can be shared with everyone in the hobby,

Ours is a volunteer organization. The way to join the Hudson Valley Division is to become a member of the NMRA, of which we are one of the chapters.

Anna, a visitor at the Show, finished the switching puzzle with the fewest engine movements of anybody who tried, including members of our own Division.
Anna is deep in concentration and thought as she moves a hopper to its specified location.
Scott and John explaining the construction techniques employed by Scott on his Portable Layout.

The following detail photos of Scott’s layout were taken at the Kingston Train Show on March 24, 2024.

These cows actually mooed and the pigs oinked

Tom Walker’s Interview with Bill Arm in Bill’s house

Henry Kramer

Tom Walker

Scott Meyer

John Noll

Here are some awesome photos from Dennis Colucci’s N scale layout. Dennis’s layout is based roughly on the New Haven’s Maybrook Line, with a fictional railroad, the Balfour and Colucci Creek Southern. Dennis’s layout is a 1×6 switching layout. He took all the pictures in natural light.


Welcome to the Hudson Valley Division of the Northeastern Region, NMRA