The Prince William Model Railroad Club is located at the historic Quantico railroad depot in Quantico Virginia . Surrounded by the "Always Faithful" United States Marine Corps. The tracks that run through Quantico are presently owned by CSX Transportation on what's known as the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac mainline. This mainline was a bridge route that connected the north and the south between Washington DC and Richmond Virginia. Amtrak and the Virginia Railway Express are the passenger services that operate through Quantico Station.
The Prince William Model Railroad Club was founded in 1991 when a sheet of paper hanging in a local hobby shop read " Anyone interested in starting a model railroad club please leave your name and number here" Five members started meeting at each other's homes and the word spread from there.
In June of 1991, the same local hobby shop offered some space in their back room. The members quickly organized, chartered and established The Prince William Model Railroad Club.
The First Layout
The First Layout was a 16 foot double mainline dog bone HO Scale layout . Through the years the club has had various locations and accomplishments starting mostly in 1994 when the 1st annual Manassas Railway Festival began happening.
The Modular Layout
The club unveiled it's modular system in 1995 , showing off the brand new way to present the hobby to the world. A new technology, known as Digital Command Control
With the advent of this technology, it created a whole new way to manage model trains. The digital Command Control made it so that multiple trains could all be operated on the same tracks. Up to this point, under the standard Direct Current power, you were only able to operate one train at a time. Digitrax makes it now unlimited. The locomotives have a computer chip inside them usually coded to the number on the locomotive itself.
We have always been to provide a place for model railroaders to join learn and teach the hobby of model railroading to the public. We are an organization that is about fun and we want you to be a part of it!