History of the Chesapeake Bay Railroaders
The Chesapeake Bay Railroaders began in July, 1974. The first layout was built in the Grafton
In 1975 members dismantled the layout and moved It to a farmhouse at 246 Railway Road in Grafton.
In April of 1982 the club rented the east half of the present building and began construction of
the present layout.
In February, 1995 the club rented the west half of the building and initiated plans for
expansion of the layout. In June of 1996, trains were beginning some limited operation into the
new western end of the railroad and most heavy construction was complete but a great deal of
track laying. scenery, and electrical wiring remained to be done.
Membership is now about 35, half of the club capacity.
Present members live In York County, Hampton, Newport News, James City County, Williamsburg,
Gloucester, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk. and Virginia Beach.