Our mission is to preserve and teach the art and craft of model railroading to the next generation.
The NWV was formed on January 1, 2008 by model railroaders with the purpose and goal of preserving and teaching the art and craft of model railroading. For 30 years various groups of modelers have been meeting and creating a model railroad empire in Colchester and then Essex Junction. Over the past five years they have come to the realization that if someone does not take action the hobby of model railroading will continue to decline in popularity. The corporation, NWV Model Railroad Association, Inc. was formed and an application for federal 501(c)(3) status, tax exempt educational organization, was submitted in March 2008. Tax exempt status was granted by the IRS in June 2008 and the membership of the NWV began the serious task of organizing their experience and promoting the hobby. We invite you to spend some time looking around our site. We are adding new features as quickly as they can be completed. Classes in various aspects of the hobby are offered in an ongoing program designed to give someone with no model railroad experience the confidence to begin their own railroad or participate in club activities.
Current members of the NWV include both novice and experienced model railroaders and we have men, women, and parent & youth members. Some members are retired, some work full time. We vary widely in our educational backgrounds and daily occupations but share a common goal - we love model railroading. Membership in the NWV is always open and we welcome interested parties regardless of age, gender or modeling experience to join in our endeavors. You can read the NWV By-laws or if you’re ready to join us, just complete a Membership Application.
Meetings are held every Wednesday night at 7:30 P.M. at our classroom and layout facility in the Pinewood Plaza Center on River Road in Essex Junction. The first Wednesday of the month is the business meeting and the second Wednesday is Operations night, where the members run the railroad just like the real thing! A map and directions are available on the Location page.
The members, guests and visitors will continue construction on our HO scale NWV layout with approximate dimensions of 30' x 30' and over 200 feet of mainline track. We model the 1970's era, with a few modifications here & there. We also host "Run What You Brung (RWYB)" sessions where any era or type of train are warmly supported. We enjoy seeing members with their many different interests in the modeling world having fun with their hobby!