We’re sure these words bring back fond memories of family vacations, fun destinations, and kids arguing in the back seat.
As we continue our journey to visit all 50 states over the next several years, we want to meet you and have you play a role in our ScaleTrains Road Trip™ story.
BE A PART OF THE JOURNEY
Shortly after unveiling our company in 2015, the Chattanooga Modular Modelers invited us to share our story with several clubs from Tennessee and Georgia. This was the beginning of what we now know as a “Meet & Greet.”
During a Meet & Greet, we display our latest products and encourage folks to pick-up the models for a closer look. We spend about an hour sharing our company story, how model trains are made, and answering every question asked about our company and favorite hobby. We also have gift bags and giveaways, so no one leaves empty handed. If time allows, we run trains on the club layout too.
Normally, Meet & Greets are held in cities where we’re exhibiting at a train show. We’ve held dozens at local clubs and they’re a lot of fun. We always enjoy connecting with fellow modelers in a casual environment. More than a year ago, we began talking about how to reach people in areas that do not have a national level or large regional train show. The discussion evolved into the creation of the ScaleTrains Road Trip.
In 2021, we acquired a truck and RV so we can travel everywhere and set-up anywhere for Meet & Greets. So far, we’ve visited over a dozen states and plan to visit all 50.
So far, we’ve visited over 50 model railroad clubs and plan to exhibit at regional train shows; attend special events at railroad museums; set-up at full-scale railroad festivals; host train-watching days at railfan hotspots; and more. We’ve also invited special guests and several partners (see below) to join us along the way.
Below, you’ll see photos from some of the clubs we’ve visited as well as a list of places we’ve been. You can also stay connected by clicking on the “Industry Podcasts” tab to listen in as we share some of our favorite Road Trip memories from our previous trips. Additionally, our map of the USA shows where we’ve been and where we’ll be going next.
St. Charles Model Railroad Club St. Charles, Missouri
Crawford County Model Railroad Club Oblong, Illinois
Springfield Model Railroad Club Springfield, Illinois
K&I Model Railroad Club and Division 8 Louisville, Kentucky
River City Model Railroad Club Pekin, Illinois
River and Rail Weekend Ft. Madison, Iowa
Hawkeye Model Railroad Club Coralville, Iowa
Will County Model Railroad Association Joliet, Illinois
Naptown & White River Model Railroad Club Indianapolis, Indiana
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sugar Creek Model Railroad Society Springdale, Arkansas
Green Country Model Railroad Club Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Model Railroad Association & Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Amarillo Railroad Museum Amarillo, Texas
Clovis Area Train Society (CATS) Clovis, New Mexico
New Mexico Rail Runners Albuquerque, New Mexico
Flagstaff Model Railroad Club Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona Model Railroading Society Glendale, Arizona
California Southern Model Railroad Club Norwalk, California
Prototype Rails RPM Cocoa Beach, Florida
First Coast Model Railway Society Jacksonville, Florida
Flagler Model Railroad Club Ormond Beach, Florida
Titusville Area Model Railroad Club Titusville, Florida
Central Florida Railroader Modelers Orlando, Florida
West Pasco Model Railroad Association New Port Richey, Florida
Suncoast Model Railroad Club Largo, Florida
Scale Rails of Southwest Florida North Fort Myers, Florida
South Florida Railway Museum Deerfield Beach, Florida
Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club Port St. Lucie, Florida
Orlando Society of Model Railroaders Winter Park, Florida
Ocala Model Railroaders Ocala, Florida
The Big Bend Model Railroad Association Tallahassee, Florida
A look back...
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH, 2022 Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Sioux Falls, South Dakota
FRIDAY, JULY 8TH, 2022 Spud Valley Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Fargo, North Dakota
SUNDAY, JULY 10TH, 2022 Dakota Central & Western Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 2pm Bismarck, North Dakota
TUESDAY, JULY 12TH, 2022 Rimrock Model Railroaders Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Billings, Montana
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13TH, 2022 Livingston Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Livingston, Montana
FRIDAY, JULY 15TH, 2022 Pocatello Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Pocatello, Idaho
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20TH, 2022 Western Montana Railroad Historical Association Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Helena, Montana
THURSDAY, JULY 21ST, 2022 Montana Museum of Railroad History Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Great Falls, Montana
SATURDAY, JULY 23RD, 2022 Missoula Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 1pm Missoula, Montana
MONDAY, JULY 25TH, 2022 River City Modelers Spokane, Washington
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27TH, 2022 Tri-City Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Kennewick, Washington
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, dates, times, and locations are subject to change.
FRIDAY, JULY 29TH, 2022 Whatcom Skagit Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Bellingham, Washington
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2022 Olympic Model Railroad Society (OMRS) Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Lacey, Washington
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2022 Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 1pm Portland, Oregon
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2022 Willamette Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Clackamas, Oregon
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16TH, 2022 Lane Society of Model Railroaders Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Junction City, Oregon
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2022 Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Medford, Oregon
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2022 Eastern Cascades Model Railroad Club Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Bend, Oregon
MONDAY, AUGUST 22ND, 2022 Caldwell Model Railroad Club & Historical Society Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Boise, Idaho
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH, 2022 North Side Model Railroad Association Everyone Welcome - Meet & Greet at 7pm Jerome, Idaho
To share the latest news about the Road Trip, we’ve partnered with several organizations. Several will be joining us in person along the way (denoted on the schedule). We encourage you to visit our partner’s respective websites and social media by clicking their logo below.