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Club Meetings and Activities

Club membership is open to any RIT student, faculty, staff, and alumni in good standing. We have regular club business meetings throughout the school year on Tuesdays starting at 7:00pm, usually on an alternating schedule. Not all meetings are held in Room A420, so give us a call or email us or message us on Facebook for details. Dues are $10/semester or $20/year, payable to the club treasurer.

We schedule work sessions throughout the school year to work on the club model raiload project, the Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal Railroad. These work sessions generally fall on weekends, and are called as needed. Come down and learn something new!

The RIT Model Railroad Club (RITMRC) was founded in early 1996 to promote the hobby of model railroading and to preserve the history of Rochester's railroads. Today, the club actively supports its mission with the following activities:

Model Railroading

R&IT Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal Railroad
Since 1996, our main project is the HO scale Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal, our permanent layout in room A-420 in the Student-Alumni Union. The R&IT features NCE Digital Command Control (DCC), computerized dispatching and control, working wayside signals, and highly detailed models and scenes inspired by the Rochester area. We started building the second version of the R&IT in 2012!
Tiger Tracks RIT Tiger Tracks Train Show
As our primary fundraiser for our club activities, we have been hosting model train shows at RIT since 2000. In 2006, we expanded the show to two days, more than 300 tables, and multiple model railroad displays. We host Rochester's largest train show right here on the RIT campus in the Gordon Field House every December!

Railroad Preservation

Railroad Museum Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Many RITMRC members regularly volunteer at the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum just minutes down the road from RIT in nearby Rush, NY. Working on the museum's operating demonstration railroad, RITMRC members have the opportunity to be involved with equipment restoration, track maintenance, train operations, and more. See us in action!

Community Outreach

Scouts Scouting and Youth Outreach
We enjoy working with Scouts of all ages and having them visit our club. Many of our members are former Boy Scouts, and always look forward to visits from local packs and troops! A model railroad is a great way to demonstrate concepts of teamwork and organization, while sneaking in a history lesson and having fun at the same time. Scout troops are regular guests, and we welcome the opportunity to share our hobby with them. Our members can also help Boy Scouts earn requirements for the Railroading merit badge!