Applying for Membership


Is membership required to visit or run trains?

Absolutely not, we always welcome visitors on days we are open. Guests can run their own trains or partner with a willing member to run theirs on non-open house days. For the safety of others, guests need to buddy up with a member when operating. This is a great learning experience should you apply.


What are the benefits?

Being a member allows you to vote in club matters, operate trains by yourself without supervision and helps further our or club's mission.


Who Can Join?

Becoming a member of the Garfield Clarendon Model Railroad Club is a fulfilling experience open to anyone. Whether you're new to the hobby or a seasoned expert, you'll find yourself at home. Members under 18 are considered jr. members and must be accompanied by an adult.


What do I need to operate?

Prospective members must be accompanied by a club member when operating on the layout to ensure safe operations. The club has limited engines and rolling stock available for use. We highly recommend bringing your own equipment to run.

Rolling stock must be equipped with steel wheels and metal Kadee style couplers. Locomotives must be DCC enabled.

Club members are happy to assist with any questions about rolling stock, engines and DCC programming. We use NCE DCC cabs. You do not need to bring your own, plenty of club cabs are available for use.


What's the Application Process?

We suggest taking your time to explore our club on work days and an operating session before making the decision to join. Applications can be submitted on meeting days, the first Friday of the month. Once submitted your application is read at the monthly meeting four times, with a vote on the last reading. You need to be present at the meetings for your application to be read. Don't worry about missing a meeting, the four readings do not need to be consecutive.


What else do I need to know?

No home layout needed. Many members don't have a home layout and most couldn't find room for one of our size either.

Passion counts, not experience. Our members come from all walks of life. You need not be an engineer in real life to be a member. All that's needed is a willingness to learn and passion for operating or crafting railroads in miniature HO size.

Flexible attendance.  Life happens, we understand that. You won't find us tallying off your attendance. Most members stop in for meeting days and operating sessions are very popular.