Scale Rails of Southwest FloridaAnnouncements
Our intent and purpose are to promote and encourage the art of model railroading and preserve the history, science and technology of rail transportation. To this end we have organized our efforts for charitable, educational, literary and scientific purposes. As part of our endeavors, we host railroad displays, give talks and presentations for schools, museums and various organizations. Our members do not presume to be experts, but rather a group of individuals sharing knowledge with each other.
We do welcome the Public to drop by and see what we are doing on Tuesday and Saturday. Our modular N scale layout set up and operational in the front room of the depot and the HO/HOn3 layout is operational in the back 2/3 of the depot. We will gladly give you a tour of the HO layout, so you can observe progress, see how it is done, and sometimes see and hear the trains running. Who knows, you might become inspired to join us!
The club was formed in January of 1983 during a train show held in Ft. Myers, Florida. In 1985 the club purchased an 85ft. Amtrak passenger car which became home to our first layout.
Our current building was purchased in June of 2003 and is affectionately called the "Depot". Extensive renovation to the building and the start of the new HO layout began in late 2003. The building mortgage was thankfully paid off in 2014.
Membership has been as low as 14 in 1997 and grown to 48 in recent years. New members are always welcome. Please contact us if you have interest.
As mentioned earlier, we model many scales. They are outlined below.
Front Room N Scale Modular Layout
Back Room HO Scale Layout
HOn3 Layout integrated with HO Layout