Founded 1984

Site Updated 09/01/18

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

See Our New Outdoor LargeScale Layout

When You Visit the Depot

Winter Has Arrived in Mills River



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 

                View Interview 

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

                 Club Donation Policy

The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club would be pleased to accept any donations of scale model railroad equipment. This equipment would be evaluated and used by the Club or sold at local Model Railroad shows,with the money collected going toward the maintenance and support of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Layout and maintenance of selected items for the depot.
Note we are not a 501.c3, we are a Not-for Profit Club,  therefore we are not able to give a estimated cost receipt for items donated to the Club.
             We thank you in advance for your contributions.