Our club is made up of many dedicated
One of them even painted and decorated his car to resemble a
GG1 locomotive as seen below. (Our club's history is written
below this photo.)
The History of the Del-Mar-Va Model Railroad Club
In August of
1984, 13 men, 1 of whom is still
a member*, met in the back of Bill Shehan`s hobby shop to discuss the
formation of a model railroad on the lower Eastern Shore. It was
decided that there was enough interest, and a committee was appointed,
and a meeting was scheduled in two weeks. At that meeting a temporary
set of by-laws were approved, and a slate of officers were elected.
They were: President- Bill Shehan, Vice-President- Bob Scott,
Secretary- Don Bowen ,Treasurer-Leo Stevens.
Shehan`s hobby shop failed, we were left
without a meeting place. At this time we started meeting in various
member`s homes. At the December meeting, Lee Marvin reported that the
second floor of Camelot Hall was available. As the front part of the
building was being used for training migrant workers, our first project
had to be the construction of the great wall to separate the 2 areas.
The materials for this project were donated by Paul Jones, who owned a
lumber company in Snow Hill, Md. By mid-summer of 1985, our wall was
complete and we were recruiting new members.
meantime some of the members had started to
built a modular HO-Scale layout. By September of 1986, we had enough
modules to take them to Snow Hill, Md. for their River Festival. We set
them up in up automobile dealers`s show room and attracted a large
crowd, from which we recruited some new members. We were now an active
model railroad club. This layout has been displayed at the Annual
Doll,Miniature, Toy and Train Show put on by the Salisbury Soroptimist
Club at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury,Md.
the Toy and Train Show in the Seaford Fire House in Seaford, De. More
recently it has been displayed at the Ocean City Airport Transportation
Fair, the Annual Amtrak Open House in Wilmington, De and the Ellicott
City Scale Train Show at the Timonium State Fair Grounds. In 2002,
those members left us.
In 1985, a
committee was appointed to design a
large HO-Scale layout, and construction was started. Although it had
very little scenery, in December of 1985, we had our first open house.
The layout has now evolved into a L-shape with 2 proposed additions
which will make it E-shaped. However, it has been decided that no
additional areas will be started until scenery has been competed on the
existing portions. Some spectacular scenery has been constructed on
this layout. In 1997, a digital control system was installed. We have
had operating sessions the Friday after the last Wednesday of the month
on this layout.
always been some members of the Club who
were interested in O-Scale. In 1995, a small Lionel Super O-Gauge
layout was replaced by a much larger one using Gargraves track. The
layout has grown, and now has a large, well sceniced mountain with a
train running around it. There are 3 main lines with an area for
industrial switching. It is powered by 2 Mike`s Train House Z4000
transformers and a couple of smaller Lionel transformers. Most of the
trains running on the layout are O-Scale 3-rail with some O-27 on it
In 1985, we
were informed of a defunct N-Scale club
that had a layout in Salisbury, Md. We retrieved the layout, and
eventually some of the members of that club joined us and restored it.
It has grown into a large layout with very interesting scenery.This
layout is equipped with a digital control system. There is also a
N-Track Modular Layout.
In the very
back of the layout room there was a
makeshift stage that some of the members turned into a Standard Gauge
layout. As these trains aged and grew in value, people became reluctant
to operate them. and the layout was converted to LGB G-Scale. Because
there were only two members working on it, it was converted to O-Gauge
Tinplate with some antique pre-war and post-war trains operating on 3
loops of track. There is also a loop of S-Scale track and the original
loop of Standard Gauge track.The layout is powered by a post-war Lionel
ZW transformer and a Lionel KW transformer.
The club had
2 portable G-Scale layouts, which
were available to see from around Thanksgiving to New Years Day. One
which was displayed in the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Md for 10
years. The other used to be displayed at the Ocean City Convention
Center and also at Sheraton Founainbleau Hotel in Ocean City,Md.
the attendance at our open house has
increased. The club is very dependent on donations and annual raffles
for operating funds. We also got funds from the rental of the two
G-Scale portable layouts and when our HO-Scale modular layout was used
at different train shows.