Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Southwest Model Railroad Club

  • Los Lunas, NM
  • http://bmrctrains.com/

Mission Statement

Educate the general public on model railroading, protypical railroading, local railroading history and railroad Safety.

Main Programs

  1. modular/vendor shows
  2. Educational
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Mexico

Belen, New Mexico 87002

ruling year

2006

President

Self-reported

Mr. James E. McKelvey

Vice President

Self-reported

Mr. George Winters

Keywords

Self-reported

Educational,Model Railroad

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Also Known As

SWMRC

EIN

20-2268814

 Number

3305538330

Physical Address

39B Elaine Dr

Los Lunas, NM 87031

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The newly named Southwest Model Railroad Cub (SWMRC) was previously known as Belen Model Railroad Club. SWMRC is open to the public free of charge to the general public for 12 hours every week at our new location of 39B Elaine Drive in the Mid Valley Airpark of Los Lunas, NM. Hours are Wed-Sat 12:30-3:30 PM, other times available upon request. We provided the general public with access to our layouts in order to share our interest and collective knowledge of model railroading and railroading history thru discussions and conversations with the visitors. We compare model railroading operation with prototypical operation of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and other railroads, educate the visitors on railroad safety, and use visual aids such as videos, maps, and switch boards to foster learning and understanding of railroads in general.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

modular/vendor shows

We are part of the historic Belen Harvey House museum operating HO scale model trains utilizing DC current for the public free of charge Tuesday thru Saturday from 12:30 thru 3:30PM (same as the museum hours). We foster education of the general public through discussions and conversations with the visitors. We compare model railroading operation with prototypical operation of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and other railroads. We educate the visitors on railroad safety thru the use of visual aids (videos, maps, switch boards)to foster learning.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$150.00

Program 2

Educational

BMRC operating costs are minimal therefore we are able to offer our programs free of charge to the public.  BMRC has no paid officers or employees nor do we take part in professional fund raisers. BMRC has completed the extension of our layout into the new room of the museum. The orginal layout from 1995 was also replaced. Our income base is from public donations received from a donation box, membership dues of normally $15 annually and money collected during semiannual modular/vendor shows.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Keep out layout up and running. Complete new modular yard entrance. Increase our current number of visitors . Maintain low operational costs. Educate membership, schools and general public on Railroad safety & history.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Attend more train shows
    2. Setup a modular display in Aug 2014 at Viva-II in Belen which is expected to draw 4k + visitors over three days.
    3. Produce and distribute flyers to the general public.
    4. Continue to have modular and vendor shows semi-annually.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have approximately 20 dedicated members working together to keep our layouts up and running for the general public. We have re-located to a new facility are open Wednesday - Saturday 1230 to 3:30pm. Free of charge.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Continue documenting the number of guests attending our exhibits. Review comments and suggestions of the visitors.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since our existence, visitor attendance has grown every year. Membership numbers are fairly strong and support accomplishment of our objectives. Our exhibits were open as advertised for 2014 along with 50 additional Sundays. For 2014, Two modular shows were held along with one "vendor only" show.

    In January 2015 we relocated to Los Lunas where we have held one "vendor only" show and a modular/Vendor show. Attendance was good even though we are a little off the "beaten path". Our Permanent layout had to be dismantled and re-installed at our new location. it is 65% operational. It should be 100% operational by the end of 2015.

    In 2016 we plan on adding a public switching layout for hand on learning.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Mexico

Belen, New Mexico 87002

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Southwest Model Railroad Club

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President

Mr. James E. McKelvey

Vice President

Mr. George Winters

Governance

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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