Published : Monday, November 13, 2017 | 3:13 PM
The Pasadena Model Railroad Club (PMRRC), celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will be holding its Fall 2017 Open House on Saturday, November 18; Sunday, November 19; and Tuesday, November 21.
The Open House will be from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The Club will accept donations, suggested at $5 for adults and $1 for children. Children 7 and under are free entry. Any and all other additional donations are welcome, as they keep the layout operational.
Apart from the semi-annual Open House, model railroaders and prospective members are welcome to stop by during the club’s regular Tuesday and Saturday meetings. The club also runs operating sessions three times a month and welcomes potential members regardless of their skill level or modeling experience. Those who wish to support the club but are not active in the hobby may become associate members.
“Experience is welcome, but if you’re a DCC newbie and want to learn about installation (especially on one of the world’s largest model railroads), now is a great time to join as we are in the final stages of our conversion to DCC. The Sierra Pacific Lines hasn’t undergone such an extensive rewiring job in thirty-five years, and we probably won’t do it again for at least another 35,” the Club said on its website.
The club is currently accepting applications for new members.
The club moved out of its Maple Street, Pasadena address decades ago and relocated to 5458 Alhambra Avenue in Los Angeles, but the name stuck.
Founded in 1940, the PMRCC operates one of the largest HO (half of zero) scale model railroads in the world — the 5,000 square foot Sierra Pacific Lines. The railroad is a scale 28 miles in length and is comprised of more than 15,000 feet of steel rail, all of it hand-laid.
For more information about the Pasadena Model Railroad Club, visit www.pmrrc.org.