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“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
George Bernard Shaw

If you live in Wilmington or one of the surrounding counties and you love model trains, you've found the right website. The Cape Fear Model Railroad Society was organized as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with the main purpose being to promote model railroading and to encourage fellowship among people interested in it.

The club meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the Dillard’s wing of Independence Mall located at
3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403. Visitors are welcome on Saturdays, when we are open to the public.

Established in 1994, the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society maintains a constitution and bylaws protecting the integrity and function of the society. The constitution serves also to help preserve the love of model railroading and to assure that the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society will be around for future generations to enjoy.

We're a diversified group of people. We have different tastes and heritages, but we have in common a sincere love of trains. In our group, those with disabilities are welcome; our members will gladly find a place for you to join in and be an active part of the society. We encourage the sharing of the fun of model railroading. Our members have set up model railroad displays at events all over Southeastern North Carolina.

Come join us! We look forward to seeing you.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society is to preserve the great American tradition of railroad modeling, by constructing and displaying model railroads in the Southeastern North Carolina region.

For over a hundred years, from 1850 to 1960, railroads were the most important form of transportation in the country, literally uniting the United States by making high-speed, high-volume transportation possible. In the first half of the 20th century railroad modeling was the most popular hobby in America.

Now we help preserve these bygone eras with our layouts and our collections of railroad models, bringing back the golden age of railroads for today’s public.