Model Railroads of Central Ohio

Model Railroads of Central Ohio

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor of The Ohio Railroader Website

Founder , Ohio Valley Rails Facebook Page


I have been a model railroader since 1987. The wide variety of modelers have amazed and blessed me. This is no more than my back yard. Central Ohio is where I have learned more about railroad operations, modeling and the joy of model railroads.

Here is brief profiles and information on some clubs you can go and visit.


Knox County

Kokosing Valley Central Model Railroad Club


Excerpt from our Spring 2014 profile

Michael Percy, owner of Griffin Insurance and a longtime Mount Vernon resident is a humble man.

Humble but passionate, never the less; he as a member of the Foundation Park Conservation Group.

He convinced during restoration of the old Pennsylvania Railroad station (soon to be part of Mount Vernon’s Foundation Park) that the Kokosing Valley Central Model Railroad Club should be part of the new HOOT(Heart of Ohio Trail)/Kokosing Gap Trail’s visitor center.

The Knox County Parks Board and the city’s parks department offices will join the upper floor with the visitor center.


The Kokosing Valley Central currently resides in the lower floor of the station and looks to be part of a local attraction and visitor’s stop.

Michael stated, “We wanted to this be a passage way into our community, it was once this (via the PRR) People will want stop by while riding the trails and we want this to be a hub for the community”

Most Thursday nights they do run operations for the Model Railroad Club. They also have various open houses.


For contact info; 501 West High Street Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.  Contact: Michael Percy

Email: Phone: 740-397-7488


Marion County


Marion Union Station and the Marion Model Railroad Club; both icons of modelers and railfans alike.

Mostly open on Sunday afternoons from 2-5 p.m.; the “Ohio and Western” Model Railroad Layout has been a staple for modelers since 1950.


They have recently gone through a DCC upgrade on the main layout. Notables Brandon Townley, Ben Swope and other club members worked hard on the update.

Contact Info :532 W. Center St. Marion OH 43334   Contact: Ben Swope Email:


Coshocton County

East of Columbus; the Associated Model Railroad Engineers of Coshocton have probably one of the best permanent layouts and clubhouse.

With the Ohio Central Panhandle line nearby; the Coshocton County Fairgrounds have this storied group a great home. Adjacent to their building is a couple cabooses and cars. Most Friday nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.; they run the Toledo, Walholding Valley and Ohio Railroad.

Feel free to visit them during Friday nights and many open houses at 707 Kenilworth Ave. Coshocton, OH 43812.




Metro Columbus/Franklin County

A wealth bed of modelers reside and work in the Capital City. Many of them gave back to Columbus and Central Ohio as well.


In Worthington, the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club is literally just down the street from the Ohio Railway Museum.

Most Tuesday nights, you will find HO, N, and O scalers running trains. COMRC has a Boy Scout program set up to help scouts earn their Model Railroading Badge. They are also a fixture during the Ohio State Fair near the north end of the grounds.

Visit them on most Tuesdays at 6471 Proprietors Rd., Worthington,OH  43085


Contact info: Bob Chapman Email: Phone: 614-799-8686



Head south off High Street to my home club; Central Ohio N-Trak.


Over 25 years; we have featured N, HO and Z scale railroads. At our clubhouse across from the Park of Roses; we operate trains at 3804 North High Street. The office house building is at the corner of High and Richards; in the basement.


We are mostly known for Ohio N-Scale Weekend, various train shows, and the Hartford Fair. We serve our community as well. We donated auction proceeds to various railroad charities. We set up portable “T-Trak” layouts at the Tri-Village Lions annual pancake breakfast. Various times throughout the year; we also have layouts on display at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


Contact info:  Contact: Craig Sonnen







There is another model railroad club is on display year round as well as an outlet for seniors. The Janis Junction Model Railroad Club is located on the south end of the Ohio Expo Center.


It is the only Columbus Parks and Rec facility on the state fairgrounds. Open membership allows seniors and modelers of all ages to work the “Golden Buckeye” layout. It is open most Thursdays and various times when the Janis Senior Center is open.


The oldest model railroad club in Columbus was located right next to the former Columbus Steel works now Columbus Castings. It was featured on WOSU’s Columbus Neighborhoods “Southside” edition.

The Columbus Model Railroad Club runs the Scioto Valley Lines and freelances a line running from Sandusky, Ohio to Charleston, W.Va.  Most Tuesday nights they did run the rails…..Due to the sale of Columbus Steel/Buckeye Steel Castings;  the club has been forced to close.

Photo galleries are available on our website and our Facebook pages.


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