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The Piedmont Railroaders is an active club of over 30 members

We enjoy watching trains, riding trains, and participating in public train shows and community train festivals.

We have a monthly club meeting and publish a monthly newsletter

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<<  Meetings  >>

Monthly Membership Meetings:The Club meets once a month for our monthly business meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month either at 7:00 PM at the Sun Trust Bank ( 251 W. Lee Highway, Warrenton, VA ) in the lower level conference room or at another location in Remington.
Meetings typically consist of a short business session and a railroad related presentation to the members.

Weekly Membership Meetings:The club's model train room is open twice a week for member's use. We have a three track "O" layout, a two track HO layout, and a two main line "G" layout. We operate with analog, DCC, and even live steam on our large "G" two track layout. These are all available for club member's use. -


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<< Community Activities - Train Shows >>

Each year the Club participates in several train shows within an hour's drive of Warrenton. 

The HO scale modules are constructed to an NMRA compatible specification.  This allows Club members to interconnect their modules into different size and shape layouts based upon the amount of space available at a train show. The modules can and sometimes are combined with modules from other clubs to make even larger layouts.The layouts are powered and controlled by a digital command and control system (DCC) manufactured by Digitrax.

The club also has a portable "O" and a portable "G" layout that we take to shows, along with the club's HO and member HO modules.

The following shows are typically supported by the Piedmont Railroaders:

Prince William Boy Scout Troop #964 - (Scout photos) a multi-scale model train show held in March.  The Piedmont Railroaders combine their HO scale modules with those from two other clubs and the Boy Scouts to form a large layout of more than 100 modules in all. 

Manassas Railway Festival -  (Manassas photos) a street festival held on the first Saturday in June in the area of the Amtrak Station in downtown Manassas featuring multiple train layouts, railroad equipment on display, excursion train and railroad related vendors.

Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour - (Culpeper photos)a showcase of the agricultural diversity and heritage of Culpeper County. The tour starts at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises grounds, and includes local farms. We set up in one of the buildings on the grounds for this show. Remember that a lot of farm goods travels by railroad, hence the connection. You will receive a map and a description of all of the participating farms, plus our railroad layouts. This is one of our favorite shows where we display our trains and layouts.


Greenberg Train Shows -
(Greenberg photos) The shows are held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. and also at the Expo Center in Fredericksburg, Va. Several local clubs set up their module train layouts and many venders will be happy to sell you train related items as well as other toys and hobby supplies.

Bealeton Library-
(Bealeton Library photos) In January 2014, the Bealeton Library held a 10th year anniversary and the Piedmont Railroaders helped celebrate with a train show in the old Bealeton Train Station, which is part of the library. We participate every December at the library and also at the Santa at the Library festival.

The Worlds Greatest Hobby Show -
(The Worlds Greatest Hobby Photos) In January 2010 The Worlds Greatest Hobby on Tour came to the Chantilly Expo Center. They host shows in major cities across the nation and are excellent shows that are highly regarded.

 

Warrenton Santa at the Caboose: Every December we take our club portable "G" layout to the town's Santa at the Caboose festival. We set up outside on the shanty platform, next to the town caboose. Rain, snow, we run outside. Always a hit with the kiddies (and adults).

Please visit our Upcoming Events page for the details of future shows.


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<< Speeders >>

Some of our club members have speeders (standard gauge MOW rail cars), and enjoy riding the real rails, but on a smaller scale. If you don't know what a speeder is, then you need to check out these pictures - - - (Speeder photos)

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<< Newsletter >>

A monthly newsletter, "The Piedmont Local", is sent to members homes either electronically or by the postal service as a reminder of the next upcoming membership meeting and to announce the program to be presented at the meeting and any significant business matters to be discussed. It also has articles written by and for the members.
 


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