Join us for HO Scale Operation!
The Sandhill Central Railroad Club was founded in 1979 by a group of railroad enthusiasts and modelers. Our first layout on North Ashe Street in Southern Pines, NC was started in 1980. The North Ashe location was sold in 1987. Through the Southern Pines Park and Recreation Department the club was able to relocate to the basement of the Campbell House. The Campbell House layout was built in HO scale with over 800 feet of track and many buildings scratch built to look like the real ones in town. It was a DC (Direct Control) operated layout with 7 cab panels. Our annual train show was held there until 2009 when we left Campbell House.
In 2007, with an agreement from the Town of Aberdeen, the club started building our new DCC (Digital Command Control) layout in the restored 1908 Union Station in Aberdeen. Our first train show was held there in 2010.
Club members are in the process of constructing replicas of buildings you will see in Aberdeen today. Upon completion it will depict portions of Main, South, Sycamore, and Poplar streets. It is also built in HO scale (1 foot = 87 feet) and has about 13 scale miles of track. Trains are run from handheld throttles. Switches are thrown from local control panels spaced around the layout. The DCC system allows operation of an unlimited number of trains simultaneously.
Some of the trains you see on our layout are club-owned and some are owned by various members.
Younger visitors delight in seeing Thomas the Tank Engine and James the Red Engine pull their signature trains. Both Thomas and James are DCC controlled – maybe the only ones in existence – and were custom equipped by one of the club members.
Our members are from Southern Pines, Seven Lakes, Aberdeen, West End, Eagle Springs, Whispering Pines, Pinehurst, with some from farther away. Some of us are students, some retired, some working, but we all have the same love of trains and a belief that model railroading can be fun and rewarding. The SCRR is open to members who want to share in model railroading as a hobby and to those who just have an interest in railroads. If you’re building a layout at home and have a problem, ask us, we may be able to help. If you don’t want a layout at home but still want to build, make, and run trains – we may be the answer.
Members meet at the club on Wednesday evenings 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and on Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM to noon, and visitors are welcome.
We usually have an open house the weekend before Thanksgiving and we are often open to the public during Aberdeen Street Fairs and other town events.