Southwest Model Railroad Club

aka SWMRC   |   Los Lunas, NM   |  http://bmrctrains.com/

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2006

President

Mr. James E. McKelvey

Vice President

Mr. George Winters

Main address

C/O James McKelvey

Los Lunas, NM 87031 USA

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Formerly known as

Belen Model Railroad Club (BMRC)

EIN

20-2268814

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Our programs

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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.

Population(s) Served

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.

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Charting impact

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Southwest Model Railroad Club

Board of directors
as of 06/02/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

N/A N/A

James Mcclure

BMRC

Ralph Laho

BMRC

George Winters

BMRC

James McKelvey

BMRC