Tom in the City                Club History

The East Texas Model Railroad Club, Inc. (ETMRC) is a not–for–profit Texas Corporation established for the association of model railroad hobbyists and committed to the history of railroads in the steam to diesel transition era. Incorporation date was 31 May 1994. The club began as a loose association in 1986 among several modelers who committed to build individual HO modules. These modules were set up and connected from time to time in Greenville, Texas, at malls, festivals, and local display locations. By 1987, the club had assumed occupancy of an old house and began building a permanent railroad model empire.

Four moves later, the club now calls the rear of the former Commerce Junior High School gym home since September of 2004. A new HO scale permanent layout is mostly complete. The yard track work is complete, however, engine servicing and repair facilities are in their early stages, pending completion of the country trolley line.

The trolley operation with functional overhead wire winds through the city skyscrapers to convey the citizens of Williamsburgh to and from work. Allenport contains a major stub-end passenger terminal with overhead lighted platforms.

A short narrow gauge line gives visitors a view of all branches of HO scale railroading. The narrow gauge goes up a 5% grade and crosses a spectacular curved wooden trestle. Dual gauge [standard (4 ft 8 1/2 in) and narrow (3 ft)] track is located in the town of Wilson.

At East Onionbreath there is an HOn2 loop and a museum.

The layout uses either Digital Command Control (DCC) or analog dc control, and features a fully operational block signal and route signal system.

The club also has a traveling display N Scale layout for shows and display at special public occasions. The N scale layout was designed around John Allen's Gorre & Dephetid Railroad with another section added to the end to extend the track. The layout includes a small city area, trestles, tunnels and mountain areas.

In 2009, the ETMRC was given the complete HO trolley layout of the late Leroy O. King, Jr. of Dallas. This layout was not designed to be moved, but to relocate it to Commerce, it had to be disassembled and since has been returned to operational status. Roy King was a nationally known expert on electric railways and the author of four books, including the authoritative 100 Years of Capitol Traction, a comprehensive history of streetcars in Washington, DC.

A small Z scale layout was built by Leroy H and is brought out for shows.