AMREC Keeps Railroad History in Coshocton

AMREC Keeps Railroad History in Coshocton

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Admin Ohio Valley Rails FB Page

AMREC (or Associated Model Railroad Engineers of Coshocton) has been a model rail standard since March of 1972.

Let’s us let you know who and what they are about.

Physical  Location

707 Kenilworth Ave 

Coshocton, Ohio 43812

Contact Info

Phone (740) 584-8682

E-Mail  amrecrrclub72@gmail.com

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/amrec.rrclub/

Per Their Facebook Page for Group Description and Mission

“The AMREC club is a 150′ x 50′ HO scale model railroad display in Coshocton, Ohio, on the Coshocton County Fairgrounds.

The AMREC is a model railroad club located in Coshocton, Ohio, on the grounds of the Coshocton Fairgrounds. Our layout is a freelanced version of the Toledo, Walhonding Valley & Ohio Railroad, simulating the scenery and industries typical of South Central Ohio, as well as the varying railroad interests of our members. Our layout features include:

– Over 6 scales miles of mainline, with a separate smaller mainline

– Multiple DC cabs permitting 5 trains operating at once

– A scenic logging branch, with sawmill, logging camp and switchbacks

– A scale representation of the town of Quincy, Ohio and the surrounding area

– Two cabooses on display which actually operated through the Coshocton area

The centerpiece of the AMREC display is our fully functional interlocking unit, from the NYC-DT&I diamond in Quincy, Ohio. Painstakingly restored, the interlocking unit is integrated with the layout itself.

The layout is under construction, with scenery under construction and future expansion plans on the horizon. We are open to the public every Friday night and selected Sundays, and are always accepting new members.

The mission of the Associated Model Railroad Engineers of Coshocton is:

1. To promote interest in and better understand of model railroading.

2. To show and demonstrate the benefits of model railroading.

3. To provide a central operating layout in the Coshocton area for the use of groups or individuals for reasons as stated above.

4. To provide a permanent location for the display of railroad and model railroad artifacts.”

AMREC host many public events including the Black Friday Operation Session. It also open during the run of the Coshocton County Fair (home of the club’s building).

The extremely nice thing I noticed when visiting was a great welcoming spirit.

Those operators outside club members came as far as Shelby, OH, Marion, Columbus and many points beyond.

Visiting members from the Janis Junction Model Railroad Club also joined in the Black Friday festivities.

The Club Building has a feel of part hobby shop, model railroad workshop and family room. Their common area or meeting space has chairs placed for those visiting to feel comfortable. A very relaxed area for members and visitors alike.

Many railroad artifacts line the hallways and walls of the building including a former DT&I Armstrong machine. This was from the former Morgan Tower near Quincy, Ohio.

As with any point to point operation layout; staging and dispatch for large operations come into play.

I will do my best to visit them in the future. Please follow their Facebook page for future events as well.

AMREC is doing a great service for the Muskingum Valley Community as well as Coshocton.


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