The Baltimore Society of Model Engineers is a model railroad club located in Baltimore Maryland, formed in March 1932. We are the oldest organization dedicated exclusively to model railroading in the United States and the third oldest modeling society in the world!

The BSME layouts and offices are now located on the third floor of 3500 Parkdale Ave, Baltimore, Maryland in the historic Woodberry neighborhood. We are short walk from the Woodberry light rail stop.

The society is always interested in welcoming new members, regardless of modeling skills. Part of the club's activities help beginning members to become skilled in all aspects of the hobby. We also have plenty to keep the experienced hobbyist interested and challenged. If you are interested in joining our historic organization check out the membership page for all the details

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers

News - 12/24/2021

Due to on-going construction in our space we will not have any open houses in December or January. But we have a few suggestions to get your train fix. First is the Holiday Poinsettia show going on at the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, we supplied them with the train garden as part of this show. In addition to the train garden they have a train theme as the show name is "Back on Track" Another option is the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, which has multiple displays of model trains. If neither of those work for you we recommend checking Grandpa's Holiday Train Garden Page for 2021

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Make your tax deductible donation now

Just over 1 week left to make a tax deductible donation to help with our outreach programs showing how model railroading complements classroom STE(A)M programs. You donation also can be used for our demonstration layouts, interpretive displays of our historic artifacts as well as general expenses of rent and utilities.

You can donate via the PayPal link on this page (the DONATE button) or through our Facebook page, you do not need a Facebook or PayPal account to donate. Facebook does not take any credit card processing fees so we get 100% of your donation. PayPal credit card donations have fees of $0.30/transaction plus 2.2% of the transaction amount.

From our humble beginnings as a simple advertisement in the back of the January 1932 issue of “The Modelmaker” magazine, seeking modelers in the Baltimore region, the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers has persevered through economic upturns and downturns, wars, five different locations, and now a pandemic. We can’t help but wonder if the individuals who met in a NE Baltimore home on March 4th, 1932 ever imagined that the organization that they began would remain one of the oldest, if not the oldest, model railroad societies.

We celebrated our 89th birthday on March 4th, as an organization of members with a common interest in building and operating scale models of real railroads and trolleys (light rail) transportation systems.

Give us a shout if you would like to join us in developing skills, sharing knowledge, and planning the future of our organization. We meet every Friday night via Google Meet to share our projects, get advice, and watch videos from our very own curated lists, contact us at:

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