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
||Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal
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.
Tiger Tracks Train Show
Since 2000, we have produced two train shows each year on the campus of RIT.
Each show features over 80 tables of vendors and exhibitors, 2-3 operating layouts,
contests, and more. In 2006, we expanded the show to over 350 tables and
5-6 layouts, and it is now held in RIT's
Gordon Field House, one of the largest venues in Rochester.
|| Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad
Since 1998, 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.
||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!
RITMRC regularly exhibits at Strong Museum's annual "All
Aboard!" railroad-themed children's event. Our members entertain the many Rochester
families that attend with interactive hands-on displays.