Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads: Overview

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The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads is a “not for profit” educational organization which will provide a service to the community, an attraction for the area and financial support for surrounding local businesses. To achieve this end, the Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads must conceive, develop and implement programs, operating exhibits, and static displays to foster the hobby of model railroads and promote the welfare, mutual understanding and public awareness of model railroading by those actively engaged in the model railroad hobby. This is a multi-phase plan to incorporate and display G, O, S, HO, N, Z model railroad scales over several years. We are hopeful the Hampton Roads LEGO User group (HARDLUG) and Kids Run Trains may join the museum to operate train displays. Should outdoor space be available with the new facility, it may be possible to include a scale 1 train layout (7 ½” -wide track). An attraction of this scale will permit guests to ride a train for a small fee. Available space will determine the physical size of the layout and how much to charge for longer rides. If facility space is available, we will enhance the museum and community service by holding train shows at least twice a year and craft shows throughout the year.


Create a unified multi-scale model railroad venue for public display and interaction.


• Provide a model railroading experience that educates, inspires, and brings joy to all ages.

• To share and expand the model railroading experience as an avenue for human creativity.

• Establish a base of regular visitors.

• Partner with organizations that support the mission.

• Construct operating layouts for displays and demonstrations.

• Develop exhibits and programs that will attract diverse groups from Tidewater area, including local residents and tourists.

• Attain fiscal stability.

Path to Success

• Teaching and Learning: Support the teaching and learning of model railroad history.

• Technology: Provide an advanced technical interactive experience that enhances learning.

• Identity: Establish the Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads as an indispensable resource regarding railroad history in and around Tidewater.

• Enhance our guests’ experience in model railroading with multi-scale layout displays.

• Implement a traveling exhibit that would be available at different locations on specified dates. Many museums do this to raise funds and to increase public awareness of their museum. It would brand itself as a unique niche within the Hampton Roads museum market.

Legal Entity/ Support

The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads is a 501(c)3 “not for profit” educational entity supported by donors, patron fees, business contributions, grants, sponsorships, and local support.


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The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads will be a fantastic community center based on running, operating and even building your own model railroads! There's something for every age here.

Learn about the real history of this area and how important it was in the building of America. Watch how railroads were built, the people involved, where America's roots were formed. 

As they build their own railroads, students will be learning about science, electronics,  architecture, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the art of 3 dimensional model landscaping. They can earn rewards for completing projects and winning contests.

Try to solve yardmaster problems on a switching layout like getting the lumber from the forest to the furniture store, by way of the saw mill and the lumber yard.

Run your train around blockades and other trains to get to the station on time without speeding or crashing.

Play railroad monopoly using model railroads. Winner is the one who can collect the most cars into his yard within an hour.

There will be programs for autistic and special needs kids, disabled adults and veterans.

School tours. Holiday Shows. Library and video rooms. Scouts are welcome. Even youngsters will have their own wooden models to enjoy. Classrooms and hands-on clinics for adults. Learn how to get started in the hobby. Or just enjoy the fun.

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