SMR is an association of model railroad
enthusiasts, incorporated under the laws of the State of
North Carolina, as a non-profit, educational, and historical
association. In addition to maintaining and operating the
main layout in the Clubhouse, SMR engages in other
activities, including train shows, open-houses, support and
maintenance of Brenner Children's Hospital Layout,
Involvement in School, Scout & Senior activities,
instructional clinics for members, and occasional field
trips to observe prototype railroading operations.
Work nights are held every Tuesday evening, with regular
business meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at
Initially formed in 1973, the Club built a portable layout.
After finding permanent quarters, a large layout was
constructed and operated for many years at the Nature
Science Center. During this time, the Club chartered
and operated several steam excursions originating in
Winston-Salem, and traveling to Asheville, Roanoke,
Lynchburg, and North Wilkesboro, bringing every steam
locomotive in the Southern steam program to Winston-Salem.
Many of our early members are still active after 35 years.
While current members are indebted to their predecessors,
for their vision, creativity, and dedication in providing
the opportunity for participation in SMR, the train has yet
to reach its destination. The future of the Club is now up
to the "mix" of both old-timers, and new members, as we
continue down the track.
The club has a portable HO switching layout, which can be
quickly set up at a remote location, is used for publicity
purposes. In addition, the Club meeting room includes
an extensive model railroading library, including
periodicals, books, and videos.
Southbound Model Railroaders maintain a close relationship
with the Winston-Salem Chapter of the National Railroad
Historical Society (NRHS), which meets in our building.