Hocking Valley MRR Club:Bringing Model Rail to Masses

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor/Founder The Ohio Railroader Website

Founder/Chief Administrator Ohio Valley Rails FB Page

I have visited the Hocking Valley Model Railroad Club a few times since they have found their new home. They have a permanent layout space as part of the Smoke Stack Hobby Shop in Lancaster, Ohio.Lancaster, OH

Hocking Valley Model Railroad Club

Clubhouse/Home Smoke Stack Hobby Shop

342 Lincoln Avenue

Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Meets most Tuesdays, run sessions on Saturdays and various host events

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(Internet site currently under construction/ see Smoke Stack’s FB/Website for major news and events
https://www.smokestackhobby.com/ )


With this partnership; hosting events at the shop and other public spaces in Fairfield County, has grown the club by a dozen new members.

Bernie Romanoski (club president) stated the Smoke Stack’s annual Hobby Expo at the County Fairgrounds has help the exposure of the club greatly. This on top ;of having their layout space open during business hours, allowed the general public to see their operating sessions. They normally run most Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as 1st Tuesdays.

The club has been in existence since the 1970’s. Their previous space was county property, the Miller Building off State Route 37. However, the building was in disrepair. This led to the discussion and eventual agreement with Smoke Stack to have their new home.

Kent Stapp (club treasurer) among other members enjoy the nearly two year old home. It gives current and future members an opportunity to see and work on the layout.

It has even allowed clinics. A club member’s wife (who made most of the trees on the HO Scale layout) held a tree making seminar.

The HO Scale Layout (approx. 14 x 32) representing the former C&O/PRR lines throughout the Hocking Valley region. The massive Anchor Hocking Glass Factory built by a former club member; as well as the old C&O freight and passenger rail stations. A brick factory, a bridge over the Hocking River and Nelsonville and Logan are also represented.

I not only highly recommend visiting this club but the Hobby Shop it calls home. It has not only a vast model rail section but hobby needs for any hobbyist. It was profiled in our “Model Train Shopping Guide of Central Ohio”

The Hocking Valley Model Railroad Club is one of many who are doing the hobby for the love of the Iron Horse.

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