The New Haven and Derby Model Railroad Club, Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization founded in 1987 and is housed in the basement of the white Orange Historical Society’s “Academy” building, 605 Orange Center Road, across from the Orange, town green. From only a handful of members, it has grown steadily.
Current members come from Orange, Milford, West Haven, New Haven, Seymour, Shelton, Derby and Wallingford. Basic requirements for membership are: fill out an application for review by active members, be eighteen (18) years old, have an interest in model trains, be willing to assist in club projects and possess a skill which is beneficial to the club (or be willing to learn). Candidates can also be recommended by an active member who is in good standing.
A mentorship program exists for newcomers. After acceptance into the club the new member also becomes a member of the Orange Historical Society. Besides active and inactive members there are three other categories listed on the roster: honorary members, retired members and members on leave of absence (if any).
So if you are looking for something to do on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm and are willing to meet new people, come on down. We are open the first, second and fourth Thursday of each month all year long for visitors. The third Thursday evening is a members only business meeting. Be a part of something special bringing HO model railroading into the 21st century by joining our artisans in the construction of our new DCC layout. Enjoy being an engineer or conductor during running sessions too.
Parking is in back of the brick building next door.