WB&A members are invited share their train hobby interests such as:
The format for contribution is one photograph and a short description. (See samples below)
Though the depot and club are not operating at this time, We met a friendly club member who graciously invited us to look around.
22' x 100' Operating HO Layout inside the Depot. Camera car with live video on wall-mounted TV from train.
Viewable year round. Caboose-mounted drone camera displaying live video inside the building from the caboose point of view.
The depot features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway caboose and a special children’s exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train .
Historic Southern Caboose that visitors can go inside.
Go to the Apple Valley Model RR Club website to learn more.
One senior WB&A member laments about not finishing his train layout. He says, “The problem with me is I have a great imagination for detail compared to what I actually accomplish when left alone with wood and tools and time.”
This fellow hobbyist reports that his nearly 5 sheets of 8'x4' plywood had sat for one year lying on the floor of his upstairs "train room". All his many streets are proudly routed down 1/8 an inch to create sidewalks, etc., along with his deeper 13' future creek. His free standing screwed-together benchwork is 36" high and so far, it is only 8 feet wide and 11 feet long, so there's an 8’ x 8’ section left to assemble." He says, “I do have all the needed remaining lumber and track. I also have over 25 years’ worth of trains, more buildings and other railroad treasures ready to place on the layout." In the meantime, he can dream. Perhaps, we might hope that this project never really gets finished.
Clem Clements shared information and stories about unique elements in his collection.
Wb&A member Bob Gray scratch-built this model of the historic Hill Top House Hotel located just over an hour outside of Washington, D.C. by auto or train, atop a hill that overlooks the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The model is 1:87 scale and is part of Bob's Christmas layout.