This morning I got up early (for me) and headed over to Dynamic Hobbies to check out the Hemet–San Jacinto Railroad Club. They meet at the hobby shop at 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. I’ve never been a member of a model railroad club before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
The meeting was a typical business-meeting type of meeting with lots of formalities and motions and seconding the motions and so on. I didn’t know anything about most of what they were talking about, but I was new to the club so I didn’t expect to.
When the meeting part ended there was some socializing and I checked out the N scale layout, the HO layout, and another layout I couldn’t identify. The layouts were all modular because even though the club has been at that location for more than two years, it’s a temporary arrangement.
After the meeting, several club members brought their trains in and started running them around the layouts. There are DC and DCC tracks on each layout so there’s something for everyone. I didn’t bring my trains, but I watched the other people’s train run for a while. One of the members explained a lot of the layout specifics and how everything works. I’m really bad at names—I feel bad that I can’t name the gentleman that I talked to.
Club members have access to the layout room any time the hobby shop is open.
It looked like it could be fun and I became an official club member before I left for the day. The club membership includes a National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) membership. Woohoo! I officially belong to a model railroad club. I can’t wait to grab my trains and head back over there and run them around the tracks a few times.
Next time I’ll have to bring my camera and take some photos.
811 E Florida Avenue
Hemet, CA 92543