Baltimore Society of Model Engineers

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers The BSME, a model railroad club, is rebuilding at its new location. We will promote the hobby by planing model railroads in HO and O scale to demonstrate railroad operations.
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Memberships open Model railroading in all scales, but primarily HO and O.

Memberships open Model railroading in all scales, but primarily HO and O.

Mission: To promote the hobby of model railroading through several facets. Club members are planning and building two new layouts in HO and O scale. The club provides educational and historical reference materials through an extensive book and periodical library. Club members take railfan and model railroad excursions. Provide fellowship and mentoring of members.

It is with heavy heart I write to inform you of the passing of a fellow club member and friend, Keith Wood. Keith lost h...
06/09/2020

It is with heavy heart I write to inform you of the passing of a fellow club member and friend, Keith Wood. Keith lost his battle with liver cancer this past week, he and his brother Kevin have been club members for 35 years they had helped the club operate at open house shows, and the Timonium Great Scale Model train show club sales tables. Keith was a board member and club secretary for several years. Always willing to help a fellow model railroader, he will be truly missed. Unfortunately as with most train buffs, I don't have any recent pictures of Keith as I concentrate on taking pictures of the trains, but I borrowed this picture from the gofundme page that was initially setup to help cover Keith's medical expenses.

If you wish to donate the gofundme page is at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mpcvhz-the-twins, funeral services will be Wednesday at Chatam-Harris Funeral home: https://www.chatmanharrisfh.com/obituaries/Keith-Wood-2/#!/Obituary

Event info from the Baltimore & Ohio magazine from 1959.
04/26/2020

Event info from the Baltimore & Ohio magazine from 1959.

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04/03/2020
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Working on installing HO layout from our display at one Charles Center
02/23/2020

Working on installing HO layout from our display at one Charles Center

02/07/2020

We finally got our 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS, and will be sending out donation receipts to all of those who donated last year to our relocation campaign. Unfortunately the IRS website is not up to date with our status, hopefully it will be soon.

For your tax records our EIN is: 52-6044366, the organization name is Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, Inc.

If you search you will find that we had a 501(c)(7) status that was auto revoked in May of 2010.

12/22/2019

Check out the details on our On30 logging camp module today 1-5pm at One Charles Center.

12/16/2019

Zella's Pizzeria!! Many thanks for the visit to our show at One Charles Center today and the very generous donation you left us! We will be putting it towards a pizza party with the whole team that helped us build the new layouts. Hope to see you again soon. Happy Holidays!

12/13/2019

No Ravens football this weekend, so check out our holiday display at One Charles Center

View from the Charls Center Plaza
12/13/2019

View from the Charls Center Plaza

BSME's holiday display at One Charles Center
12/08/2019

BSME's holiday display at One Charles Center

BSME's holiday display at One Charles Center

11/28/2019

On this Thanksgiving, we want to share our genuine appreciation for all of the support you have given us over this past year. With no doubt, it has been one of the hardest and busiest years in the 87 year history of the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers and without this support,it's hard to know if we would have survived it all as an organization. Better than just surviving, with your support and the dedication of our hard working members, the BSME is thriving.

We are excited to share we are opening our doors for the Holiday season once again beginning Sunday, December 1st in a new, temporary location on the retail level of One Charles Center at Charles and Fayette in Downtown Baltimore. This pop-up show will feature a brand new HO Scale layout that we have built over the past two months, our interactive Timesaver modules and an On30 loop as well as special visits by Santa himself and a variety of food vendors over the next month and a half.

We are calling the show “Wonderland Express: Railroads in Miniature” and it is presented by One Charles Center, the Center Plaza Foundation, and the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers. We will be open Saturdays from 11-5pm and Sundays from 1-5pm beginning Dec 1st through January 12th.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to you for helping make this all possible!

BSME - Wonderland Express Progress
11/28/2019

BSME - Wonderland Express Progress

Friday night work session, building the HO display layout for One Charles Center
10/28/2019

Friday night work session, building the HO display layout for One Charles Center

Sorry we haven't been posting as much lately, stop by and see us at The Great Scale Model Train Show. And talk to us abo...
10/24/2019

Sorry we haven't been posting as much lately, stop by and see us at The Great Scale Model Train Show. And talk to us about our upcoming display at One Charles Center

08/09/2019

Summer is slow, but if you need an O-scale 2 rail fix, check out the Eastern PA 2 Rail O Scale Train Show and Swap Meet in Strasburg PA this Saturday August 10 at the Strasburg Fire Company 203 W Franklin St. Strasburg PA 17579

07/02/2019
Next stop Woodberry

Frist running HO trains at the new location, we had a visitor from Manhattan so we ran the MTH Redline subway cars.

06/26/2019
Setting up a Z-scale loop, complete with passing siding.
06/11/2019

Setting up a Z-scale loop, complete with passing siding.

Setting up a Z-scale loop, complete with passing siding.

Part of the future HO layout of the BSME, this layout is being donated by one of our newest members.
05/23/2019

Part of the future HO layout of the BSME, this layout is being donated by one of our newest members.

Part of the future HO layout of the BSME, this layout is being donated by one of our newest members.

Another one from the archives, oldest known photo of BSME models, for another #TBT #ThrowBackThursday. Be sure to view t...
05/09/2019

Another one from the archives, oldest known photo of BSME models, for another #TBT #ThrowBackThursday. Be sure to view the entire photo to read the caption on the news clipping.

A #ThrowBackThursday, #TBT post of some unknown pictures. All that we know is the envelope says "Home Show 5th Reg" beli...
04/25/2019

A #ThrowBackThursday, #TBT post of some unknown pictures. All that we know is the envelope says "Home Show 5th Reg" believe they date from the early 50s. Display includes HO and O scale equipment, our drumhead, and a few of our 35 heralds.

Today marks a big day for the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers! Earlier this evening, we moved our last truck full o...
04/01/2019
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers posted an update to their GoFundMe campaign.

Today marks a big day for the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers! Earlier this evening, we moved our last truck full of BSME history from W. Saratoga Street to our new interim location in a historic cotton mill in the Woodberry neighborhood AND..... we reached our initial fundraising goal!!!

BUT....The hard work isn't over! Read our update on the GoFundMe Campaign below and help us open this new chapter in a very big way!

The time has come! The hardworking and dedicated members of the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers have salvaged, sorted, packed and moved out of 225 W Saratoga Street, our home since 1952, to our new interim location four miles north in a historic cotton mill in Woodberry. The past three months h...

03/24/2019

Updated our cover photo with a picture of our drumheads (or tailsigns) at our new interim home.

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers's cover photo
03/24/2019

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers's cover photo

The move to our interim home has begun #baltimoresocietyofmodelengineers #BSME #baltimoresocietymodelengineers #modeleng...
03/11/2019

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Amazing find when deconstructing a mountain on our O-scale layout, had been hidden for 30+ years. #baltimoresocietyofmod...
02/28/2019

Amazing find when deconstructing a mountain on our O-scale layout, had been hidden for 30+ years. #baltimoresocietyofmodelengineers #BSME #baltimoresocietymodelengineers #modelengineers #modelrailroad #modelrailroading #modelrailway #modeltrains #modeltrain #modeltrainhobby #hoscale #hoscaletrains #hon3 #scale187 #oscale #oscaletrains #scale148 #trains #scalemodel #scalemodeling #workinontherailroad #workingontherailroad #allthelivelongday #miniworld #miniatures #doorsopenbaltimore #baltimorecitygems @ Baltimore Society of Model Engineers

HALFWAY!  Still much to do, but we are over halfway through the move out of our home of the past 67 years AND, thanks to...
02/20/2019
Click here to support Balt. Society of Model Engineers Needs Locomotion! organized by Baltimore Society of Model Engineers

HALFWAY! Still much to do, but we are over halfway through the move out of our home of the past 67 years AND, thanks to your generous support, over halfway to reaching our GoFundMe campaign goal! If you haven’t already, please consider a $15 donation today to help build our new layouts!
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https://www.gofundme.com/BSME-needs-locomotion

Hi! We are the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers - the third oldest modeling society in the world and the oldest organization in the US focused exclusively on model railroads! We were founded on March 4th, 1932 and have been located on West Saratoga Street in Downtown Baltimore since 1952 - to...

02/01/2019

Need a model train fix? Visit us at The Great Scale Model Train Show, this weekend, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Try your hand at our O-scale timesaver switching layout. Check out our sales tables for cars, structures, and railroad memorabilia, a little bit of everything. Free magazines, donations to our relocation fund are greatly appreciated.

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers posted an update to their GoFundMe campaign.
01/21/2019
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers posted an update to their GoFundMe campaign.

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers posted an update to their GoFundMe campaign.

Wow! This has been a week! Thank you all so much for the support to the campaign and your help in getting the word out. Today has been a very emotional day for us. We hosted our "Last Run" around the HO and O scale layouts with a large number of members past and present there to say goodbye and shar...

As you know we are being chased out of our home on W. Saratoga Street and as such will need funds to help in the relocat...
01/15/2019

As you know we are being chased out of our home on W. Saratoga Street and as such will need funds to help in the relocation efforts. Please consider donating and share this with all your friends both on and off facebook.

Also we will have one last run this Sunday 1/20/2019 from 1 to 5 pm, this will be your last chance to see these layouts in operation.

Thank-you, BSME Board of Directors

https://www.gofundme.com/BSME-needs-locomotion

#TBT #ThrowBackThursday, this is how our O-scale layout looked for our open house in December 1953, the year after we mo...
01/10/2019

#TBT #ThrowBackThursday, this is how our O-scale layout looked for our open house in December 1953, the year after we moved to this location. And you will have a chance to visit one more time before we close our doors here at 225 W. Saratoga street. We have arranged for power for lights and trains, but no heat for a final run on January 20, 1-5 pm. As always free on-street parking on Sunday, but if you prefer the garage next door is open, with parking rates of: 0-1 hour $5, 1-14 hours $10.

12/27/2018

We have lost our lease, so due to the need to vacate our spaces by 1 April we will be cancelling all open houses shows. Thank-you for your support and please stay with us here to follow us to our new home.

12/03/2018

Cancelled - December open houses

Address

3500 Parkdale Ave
Baltimore, MD
21211

We are a short walk from the Woodberry Light Rail stop.

General information

We have an interim location, but will not be running trains for a while yet, but the public may visit and talk with the members present during the hours we are there.

Opening Hours

Friday 19:00 - 23:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+14103759162

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Our mission is to further to hobby of model railroading.

The society will be building two new layouts in our interim space as we look for a permanent place to house our collections and demonstrate rail transportation systems.

The following is for historical records and is what we had at our previous location on Saratoga St.

The society operates both HO & O Scale layouts. The O scale layout is set in early 1950s, the late steam and early diesel era. This means the majority of the trains will be Steam and first generation Diesel Trains, but you will see an occasional modern passenger or freight. O scale is not the same a Lionel or O gauge, the most notable difference is no center (third) rail. If you compare O scale and O gauge car next to each other you will see more detail and more accurate dimensions of the scale cars. The O scale layout also has a trolley system running the 65' length of the layout running off the overhead wire! You might see city trolley models of Baltimore Streetcars as well as interurban cars running on the line. The HO scale layout operates modern SD-90 diesels next to a ten wheeler (4-6-0) steam train with 40 foot boxcars. This is primarily to give the visitor a look at how trains have changed through the years. The HO Layout models the fictitious railroad the Chesapeake and Western, which operates a double track mainline from Baltimore, MD to Wheeling, WV, so the scenery reflects that. The City trolleys are undergoing restoration and expansion as the citizens look for green transportation alternatives.


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Former members would like to know what happened to the 2-rail O hand laid track that was originally laid by George Nixon, Roland R. Klages, Jr., and the 6 other original founding members of the Baltimore Society of Modeling Engineers.
THE special steam train which ran the length of the Conwy Valley line in North Wales to celebrate its reopening and the start of the National Eisteddfod, drew crowds at every stop. The line, which was closed in March due to extensive flooding, had just been fully reopened to the public. The line which runs alongside the River Conwy is one of the most beautiful in Britain. The double headed train, hauled Nos 48151 and 45690, ran from Chester to Blaenau Ffestiniog, stopping at Llandudno Junction and North Llanrwst on the way. The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, which also runs into Blaenau Ffestiniog station, arranged an additional trip for passengers to continue their journey from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Tan-y-Bwlch on the narrow gauge railway. The Ffestiniog train can be seen on the film.
Good memories and great friendships formed at the club. Hoping your transition to a new place is a successful one.
So, I have a lot of model railroader magazines from my dad that need a new home. Does anyone need any? particular issues. Are there holes in the club collection?
O scale division.
Rest In Peace Dad. I miss you so much. Eugene Nash JR. Dec. 19, 1942 to May 21, 2018. Memorial viewing is 12 noon to 1pm, Service is at 1pm. Cookout 4pm. Saturday, May 26th, 2018. RestHaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick, MD
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I remember my dad taking me there as a kid maybe 40-45 years ago. The o scale layout ran off of third rail then. I became friends with George Nixon when i joined BSM who i think was a early member and modeled the PRR. I keep thinking we had to walk uphill slightly to get to the building...might have been another location then.
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