Though many of our members
are collectors of trains, "operating" is our middle name. Building a
layout needn't be a huge project: many member's simply lay tracks on their
carpet and run their trains. Other's have constructed huge layouts in converted
garages or basements for their operations, complete with scenery so detailed the
eye is easily fooled. In our club, a layout is what you make of it: simple,
complex, seasonal, or modular. The only theme in common is fun!
The Division recently
assisted a fellow member in building a model railroad layout. Here are some pictures from the various building
by Bill Weed
Tom Regelein has operated model trains for years, and has been instrumental in
assisting new members to develop their collections. His layout has changed over the
years, and was recently expanded to almost double the available space. Tom is an
avid operator, and enjoys accessories of all kinds.
Aloha Clubhouse Project
In 2000, work began on the
Division's club layout, located at 185th and
Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha, Oregon. The site location was donated, and
is shared with the Portland chapter of the TCA. Operating expenses for the club
are shared between the two clubs, and members are free to visit the clubhouse
anytime to run their trains.
Much of the material used in
the construction of the layout has been donated by members. All donations are tax
deductible, so if you have materials or time, donate!
Contact our President
for more information on visiting the club and our hours of operation.
If you would like to assist in the planning, construction, or join in operating
this layout, contact the current Division President
for more information. The Division also accepts donations of materials to be
used for the construction of this layout. For a current listing of needed
materials, contact the President.
Some clubhouse photos by Robert Young
Directions to the Clubhouse
directions from the north: Merge onto I-5 S. Take the
I-405 exit towards BEAVERTON/US-30 W/ST. HELENS/OCEAN BEACHES (0.4 miles),
merge onto I-405 S. (1.9 miles). Take the US-26 W exit, exit number 1D, towards
BEAVERTON (0.4 miles), merge onto US-26 W. (4.4 miles). Take the OR-217 S exit,
exit number 69A, towards BEAVERTON/TIGARD (0.5 miles), merge onto OR-217 S. (1.2
miles). Take the OR-8/CANYON RD./OR-10 exit, exit number 2A, towards BEAVERTON
(0.2 miles). Turn RIGHT onto SW CANYON RD/OR-8 (1.1 miles). SW CANYON RD/OR-8
becomes SW TUALATIN VALLEY HWY/OR-8.
Driving directions from the south:Merge
onto I-5 N. Take the OR-217 exit, exit number 292, towards TIGARD/BEAVERTON (0.2
miles), keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp (0.1 miles). Merge onto OR-217 N.
(5.3 miles). Take the OR-8/OR-10/CANYON RD. exit towards BEAVERTON. (0.2 miles).
Turn LEFT onto SW BEAVERTON HILLSDALE HWY/OR-10 (0.4 miles). SW BEAVERTON
HILLSDALE HWY/OR-10 becomes SW FARMINGTON RD/OR-10. Turn RIGHT onto SW HALL
BLVD. (0.1 miles). Turn LEFT onto SW CANYON RD/OR-8 (0.5 miles). SW CANYON
RD/OR-8 becomes SW TUALATIN VALLEY HWY/OR-8 (2.6 miles).
The Clubhouse is located below the Safeway at
the strip mall at 185th and Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha, Oregon. For more
information, contact the President.