Club Meetings and Activities
Club membership is open to any RIT student, faculty, or staff-member in good standing. The club also welcomes supporters from the community, both alumni and local hobbyists to the RIT Model Railroad Club.
We have regular club business meetings throughout the school year on Tuesdays starting at 7:00pm. Not all meetings are held in Room A420, so give us a call, email us or message us on Facebook for details. Visitors are welcome to attend our Tuesday meetings.
We schedule work sessions throughout the school year to work on the club layout, the Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal Railroad. These work sessions are generally every Saturday, and additional sessions are called as needed. Come down and learn something new!
The RIT Model Railroad Club (RITMRC) was founded in early 1996 to promote the hobby of model railroading and to preserve the history of Rochester’s railroads. Today, the club actively supports its mission with the following activities:
Since 1996, our main project is the HO scale Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal, our permanent layout in room A-420 of the Student-Alumni Union. Construction began on the second version in 2012. The R&IT features NCE Digital Command Control (DCC), computerized dispatching and control, working wayside signals (coming soon), and highly detailed models and scenes inspired by the Rochester area.
As our primary fundraiser for our club activities, we have been hosting model train shows at RIT since 2000. In 2006, we expanded the show to two days, more than 300 tables, and multiple model railroad displays. We host Rochester’s largest train show right here on the RIT campus in the Gordon Field House every December!
Many RITMRC members volunteer at the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum just minutes down the road from RIT in nearby Rush, NY. Working on the museum’s operating demonstration railroad, RITMRC members have the opportunity to be involved with equipment restoration, track maintenance, train operations, and more.
Scouting and Youth Outreach
Scouts are regular guests, and we welcome the opportunity to share our hobby with them. In addition to earning the Railroading Merit Badge, scouts also have the chance to learn a bit of local and national history. Model Railroading is also a great way to show how skills from scouting are helpful later in life. Contact Us to arrange your visit.