The Abilene Society of Model Railroaders (ASMR) is an officially chartered [501(C)3] non-profit organization. It was established to promote public awareness and appreciation of Abilene's Railroad heritage, and the important role played by railroads in national and local history. It strives to do this utilizing various educational programs and projects, including operating model railroad layouts.
Abilene's Preservation League provided space for ASMR to set up and operate layouts in the old Cypress Building downtown, and for the next five years ASMR had a home there. During that time the HO layout grew steadily in size and complexity, and was moved to the Civic Center each year for display during Railfest weekend. The Lionel layout was modified with an upper level for American Flyer S-gauge train operation. ASMR regularly entertained large crowds during during downtown activities like Artwalk, City Sidewalks, and other special occasions.
Sadly, in 1995, the club had to vacate the Cypress Building when the historic structure underwent a complete restoration. After several interim moves the club is currently located in the Westwood Professional building at 598 Westwood Dr, Abilene, TX 79603).
Clinics on various model railroad subjects are held from time to time. We try to have a operating session on the third Saturday of each month. We also go on trips to train shows and do some railfaning on occasion. Please see are Calender page to see what is scheduled.
Membership is open to any person who enjoys model trains, railroad history and lore, “railfaning”, collecting railroad memorabilia, or just about any aspect of the overall subject of railroads or model railroading. There is a $25 initiation fee. Dues are $15 a month for members age 18 to 65, $10 for ages 65 to 70 and 14 to 18, and $5 for 70-plus. Note: Members under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. If their parent is a member, their dues are only $2 per month.
Please feel free to contact any of the following members:President Scott Fritz (325) 892-4253Vice-President Ken Riediger, (325) 692-8419 Secretary Cody Hilliard, (325) 690-9574 Treasurer Ken England, (325) 695-2458.