Apple Valley Model Railroad Club (AVMRC)is an impressive model club with a fully scenicked HO model railroad occupying an area of 22’x100’. Housed in the 100 year-old historic Hendersonville, North Carolina, depot near the legendary Saluda Grade, the club is open every Saturday for guests to come and enjoy this incredible club.
During a visit I saw a Shay haul log buggies through highland forest to a mill; manifest freights blasting across ridges; an incredibly detailed logging mill, and more scenes and models than I can recount. Many of the structures are scratchbuilt by highly talented modelers. The following a but a few scenes that you will see when you visit.
For younger railroaders, a fully scenicked HO Thomas The Tank Engine layout under analog control runs, too!
Per the AVMRC site;Apple Valley Model Railroad Club (AVMRC) is located in the over 100 year-old historic Hendersonville Depot at the corner of 7th Ave. and Maple Street.
The club is open to the public every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Southern Railway caboose is also open to the public on Saturdays. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.
It occupies an area of 22’x100’ and has a Western North Carolina setting. Our main yard is Asheville, N.C. where mainline trains run south to Spartanburg, S.C. and east to Spencer, N.C. At Hickory, N.C. the Carolina and Northwestern railroad departs to an upper level thru Lenoir and Mortimer and joins up with the W.M. Ritter logging railroad at Edgemont.
We use a DCC radio system to control the railroad. The tall mountainous scenery provides view blocks and makes it necessary for operators to actually walk around and follow their trains as they progress thru the layout. Track signals are installed to help members safely operate their trains.
The scenery is basically complete but the railroad still requires lots of added details to enhance the overall effect. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of locomotives and rolling stock as the club has a large collection of equipment. Members also bring their own equipment to run as well.
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art.
My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling!
My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...