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About HTOS

The Houston Tinplate Operators Society (HTOS), is an organization of O gauge train modelers whose principal interests range from true tinplate (pre & postwar) to near-scale 3-rail operation. Our club was founded in 1988 by a group of people who wanted to have fun running Lionel and compatible trains. HTOS is dedicated to promoting research of 3-rail O gauge trains and fostering the education of people in the field of model railroading.

Club officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are elected from current dues paying members by the membership for one year terms. Elections are held at our Annual Main business meeting, usually on the third Tuesday of January. Several committees are available for members to join that help shape different aspects of our club.

We have a set of Bylaws on file. All members receive a copy upon joining our organization. Most rules set forth in the bylaws cover club organization, membership rights, and general conduct of the membership. In case of conflict with the information presented on this website, the offical copy of the bylaws, on file with the club, overrides any information presented here.

Membership is on a family basis, however, we encourage family members, aged sixteen (16) and over, to seek their own membership. Spouses and children of members are welcome and encouraged to participate in our organization. We like to promote a fun and family oriented atmosphere where all feel welcome. Membership rights and policies are outlined in our bylaws.

Meetings are held every Tuesday night at our club now located in Memorial City mall. See the directions page on how to get to our club and our operating hours. Short business meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Regular weekly meetings are a fun event where we perform layout work, hold discussions, engage in problem solving sessions, organize training seminars, and, most of all, RUN TRAINS! During our meetings, our layouts are open to the public. If a person brings a train and would like to run it, we are happy to oblige. With three different layouts in our club, we have plenty of places to try out that dusty old train, or a new one too!

We welcome the public at our meetings and events. We encourage you to stop by and visit us. If you have an old train, bring it along. If it needs a little work, we can help.

Additional HTOS Information

  • Find HTOS - Club location and driving directions.
  • To The Tracks - Virtual tour of the layouts and club facility.
  • Schedule Board - Layout operation and club meeting times.
  • Gallery - Photos of club members, places and events.
  • Size Matters - Everything you need to know about gauges, scales, and other train trivia.
  • Special Events - Schedule a birthday party, scouting trip or other group outing at HTOS.

Contact Information:

Houston Tinplate Operating Society
11152 Westheimer #255
Houston, Texas 77042-3208

Phone: 832/675-1955

Many HTOS members also belong to regional or national toy train and modeling organizations. Membership in any of these other organizations is not a requirement of HTOS membership, however, their monthly newsletters and flyers can be a great aid in learning more about model railroading. Among the many available organizations are:

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