The hobby of Model Railroading is a fascinating pastime that can be shared by young and old alike. It can be a wonderful family activity that stresses creativity and togetherness. Unlike other leisure-time activities, model railroading doesn’t have a right and wrong way to do things. You can participate in the way that works best for you. Model railroading allows you to exercise your imagination, enhance your knowledge of railroading, and understand the historical importance of railroads in our area. Your model railroad is yours and yours alone!
The Hudson Valley Division is in the Northeastern Region (NER) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) and 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. To learn more about our Division, please go to the CONTACT US section of our website and send us an email.
The following photo was taken at the Kingston Train Show on March 26, 2023. In the photo are the efforts and results of Scott Meyer’s Portable Layout Project.
MEMBER LAYOUTS – PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Tom Walker, Scott Meyer and John Noll discuss model railroading subjects in the following three videos that should be of interest to all involved in model railroading and those who are wannabe model railroaders.The first is presented by Tom Walker, the second by Scott Meyer and the third by John Noll, all members of our Hudson Valley Division.
The following YouTube video highlights just a few of the modeling projects and layouts of our members.
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.
Scott Meyer tells us that the following video is his first HO layout after a lifetime of mostly N Scale. It is a freelanced Boston & Maine Subdivision set somewhere in Massachusetts. His layout is a 10′ x 10′ shelf layout set in the early 1950s, scenery is 99% complete, and provides both continuous running and ample switching opportunities. Plenty of operations to keep Scott busy!