Become a Member

Members discuss the new ore mine. Photo: Aaron GoldIf you’re as passionate about model railroading as we are, we encourage you to apply for membership. Members are expected to contribute time, effort, and modest monthly dues.

How does the membership process work?

New members start as apprentices and pay reduced dues. Apprentices are asked to put in 80 hours at the club. Once your 80 hours are complete, you will be “read in” at the next monthly business meeting, and we’ll vote on your membership at the following monthly meeting. Once you’re voted in, you’ll be assigned a member number and have the right to vote and keep rolling stock on the railroad.

Do I need to be an experienced model railroader to join PMRRC?

Not at all! We welcome novices, master modelers, and everyone in between. If you’re a newbie, joining a club is a great (and cost-efficient) way to dive into the hobby and learn vital skills, as well as to get hands-on without the time and expense of building a home layout. (Besides, who has an attic big enough for a 70′ x 72′ railroad?) And if you’re an experienced model railroader, we’re eager to have your expertise.

Brian cuts wood for our DCC pods

Remember, too, that you will most likely bring other skills and experience that can benefit the club. Our members include woodworkers, accountants, hobby shop staffers, attorneys, architects, electricians, writers, stagecraft professors, and real-life railroaders, all of whom use their life skills to benefit the club.

Sounds great. How do I sign up?

If you’d like to become a member, please visit the club during one of our regular meetings or open houses and fill out an application.

What if I don’t live locally or can’t make regular meetings?

If you would like to support the club but don’t wish to actively participate, please consider joining PMRRC as an associate member. For information, please email