The Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club History

In 1971, a small group of modelers gathered together in the Belmont Shore City Library with the intent to form the country's first N-scale model railroad club. The club first took shape in the basement of a hobby shop in Long Beach. Soon there after, it found a home in Signal Hill. This was the clubs first real start featuring a full size layout. Sometime later, that location was lost and the club moved to an old Army facility in the city of Bell. That lasted until 1979 when another move was needed, this time to our current location in Angles Gate Park.

Today the club is one of the country's premiere layouts. Located in Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, we are open every Tuesday from 5:30 PM until 10:00 PM.

Built in an old Army barracks, the layout occupies the second story resulting in a railroad that measures 25 by 90 feet. The track plan is ten scale miles of double track from the city of Belmont to Bakersfield, plus a single track line to San Joaquin. Past San Joaquin, a branch line is under construction to Carbondale where it will interchange with a narrow gauge railroad. A unique feature of this track plan is a train will never pass through a scene more than once, except of course on the loop. This gives the appearance that a train is actually going somewhere, not just running around in circles.

The Belmont Shore club is also where the ideas of N-Trak were hammered out.You can Click here for the history of N-Trak by Ben Davis.

Click on the magazine below to read feature articles on our club.

The above articles are published by permission from:

The National Model Railroad Association
N Scale Magazine
Model Railroad Craftsman Magazine