Local Club Shares Love of Model Railroad Trains

On Wednesday, April 9, Scouts from Shirley Boy Scout Troop 7 visited the Nashua Valley Railroad Association model railroad club in Phoenix Park, Shirley, to learn about railroads and the hobby of model railroading.

Under the guidance of several club members, they had the opportunity to run trains on the club's extensive, two-level layout, which approximates the railroad running through Shirley. The computer-controlled trains, which could all run independently of each other, made for realistic operation, and the Scouts had to take care just as real engineers would to avoid getting too close together.

A demonstration was given on the techniques for modeling rock cuts using plaster, color washes, ground foam and actual forest clutter. As part of the demonstration, several Scouts had the opportunity to try their hand at coloring and texturing their own samples. All seemed to have a great time.

This visit was part of the club's community education program, as was their recent Railfair, held Sunday, April 7, at the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School.

Pictured are, back row: Matt Dean, Sean McGrath, Assistant Scoutmaster Sean Landers, Parker Suscavage, Cameron Landers, Daniel Henderson and Camden Lebreton. Middle row: Bailey Morse, Douglas Bingle, Casey Morse and Thomas Dentino. Front row: Dana Maloney, Deran Quinty and Xavier Bingle.


This model of the Erving Paper Mill complex in Western Massachusetts is one of many housed in the NVRRA headquarters in Building E of Phoenix Park in Shirley.


The model train club meets most Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings for construction and operations and the first Sunday of the month for business. The club welcomes new members. Information is available on their website, NVRRA.com.