A Video of our Large Scale outdoor layout  taken at our 25th Anniversary Celebration on June 24, 2017

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See Our New Outdoor LargeScale Layout

When You Visit the Depot


Founded 1984



The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club, one of the Top Tourist destinations in Western North Carolina. The layout is located inside the Historic Hendersonville, N.C. Railroad Depot. It occupies an area of 22’x100’ and has a Western North Carolina setting. Our main yard is Asheville, N.C.  where mainline trains run south to Spartanburg, S.C. and east to Spencer, N.C. At Hickory, N.C.theCarolina and Northwestern railroad departs to an upper level through Lenoir and Mortimer and joins with the W.M. Ritter logging railroad at Edgemont.

We use a Digital Command Control (DCC) radio system to control the railroad. The tall mountainous scenery has view blocks that makes it necessary for operators to actually walk around and follow their trains as they progress thru the layout. Track signals are installed to help members safely operate their trains.

The scenery is basically complete but the railroad still requires lots of added details to enhance the overall effect. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of locomotives and rolling stock as the club has a large collection of equipment. Members also bring their own equipment to run as well. 

There are many aspects of model railroading that involve operation of the railroad and the model trains in a manner that very nearly replicates prototype operations.  Many model railroaders today, including some of our members, are particularly interested in this aspect of the hobby.  Once a month we conduct prototypical operating sessions
The track plans of the sections of the model railroad are shown here:


See a interview with the president of the Apple Valley Model Railroad club, Larry Morton and Sarah Bansemer narrator on the PBS TV series "Painting and Travel with Rodger & Sarah Bansemer" which is being aired nationwide on over 176 TV stations. Rodger Bansemer is a famous artist and painter and together he and Sarah have produced videos that combine painting and video interviews all across this country. To see more about Roger & Sarah go to PaintingAndTravel.com. 

                View Interview 

We hope that you will find the time to visit us and enjoy the railroad as much as we do.