Depicts all activities of the club: displays, shows.

About

Who we are:

The Augusta County Railroad Museum is operated by members of the Augusta County Railroad club. The museum is incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization funded primarily through your tax deductible donations. Admission is free; however, we appreciate any contributions you may choose to make during your visit.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Augusta County Railroad Museum is to encourage interest in the history of railroading and to promote the hobby of model railroading. This is accomplished through museum displays and operating model train layouts that are open to the public free of charge, and through educational outreach.

Transportation History:

Between 1850 and 1950, the primary means of transporting people and goods in the United States was through its railroads. Today, cars have replaced trains for transporting people and trucks and jets carry much of the nation’s freight. Through its displays and model train layouts, the Museum conveys the role of the railroads in the past as well as the function of America’s railroads that is emerging at the beginning of the 21st century.
Mass production of electrically powered model trains began in the early 1900’s. Some of the first manufacturers were Ives Company, the A.C. Gilbert Company (American Flyer), and the Lionel Corporation. Today companies such as Athearn, Atlas, Bachmann, Broadway Limited, Con-Cor, Mantua, Rivarossi, and Walthers make and distribute a wide array of model trains and accessories.

Our Model Railroad Operating Displays:

Our model train layouts are built as 2’x4′ and 2’x6′ modules, which can be rearranged and moved as needed. Club members bring trains of their own to operate on the layouts, so each week you will see different trains in operation. The Museum features model railroad layouts in a variety of scales.
Model Railroad Scales
Model Railroad Scales

Scales Explained:

The picture above shows models of prototypical 40 foot boxcars.  The large brown one at the top is a “G” scale model.  Coming down the left side are model box cars in “O”, “S”, “HO”, and “N” scale respectively.  The very small model to the right of the G scale boxcar is a “Z” scale model.
G Scale is made to a proportion/scale of 1:22 or approximately 1/2 inch to the foot. In G scale a figure of a six foot man would be three inches tall.
O Scale is built to a proportion of 1:48 or 1/4 inch to the foot. Lionel and similar O scale model trains pick up AC electrical power from a third rail in the track. Some Lionel trains are referred to as O-27 because of the tight, 27″ radius of the track.
HO Scale  is ‘Half O“, almost, and is built to a proportion of 1:87 scale.  It is the most popular of all the scales available.   
N Scale is the smallest size trains the Museum operates; it’s built to a scale of 1:160. The advantage of N scale is that you can build a lot of model railroad layout and scenery in a small space.
Z scale is built to a proportion of a very small 1:220th and is lovingly revered to as a “layout in a suitcase”.
Our HO and N scale layouts operate on DC (direct current) or DCC (digital command control) power. DCC sends a signal through the rails that allow trains to be controlled remotely, including the use of sound effects.

Exhibits:

In addition to our model train layouts, the Museum features a large selection of railroad art that depicts railroad scenes and steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. Many of the trains in these paintings no longer exist.  The few steam locomotives that still exist can be found operating on scenic/tourist railroads or restored and exhibited in railroad museums such as the Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke.
Our HO and N scale layouts operate on DC (direct current) or DCC (digital command control) power. DCC sends a signal through the rails that allow trains to be controlled remotely, including the use of sound effects.