Our Carquinez Model Railroad Mission Statement:
1. Educate the public, particularly children, about railroad history, safety and the art of modeling.
2. Protect and restore to a sound and beautiful state, our historic and culturally significant building, the former International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Hall, a City of Crockett icon and landmark since 1897.
3. Create a working, state-of-the-art HO scale model of the Southern Pacific/Union Pacific main line between Oakland, California and Sparks, Nevada.
Carquinez Model Railroad Biography
The Carquinez Model Railroad Society is a nonprofit 501 C3 organization that is incorporated under the laws of the state of California. The club originated in Vallejo in 1976 in the Solano County Fairgrounds. Due to the County Fairgrounds Association desire to redevelop the fairgrounds in 2004, without providing space for the club, it began to search for a new home. In May of 2005, the club signed a five year lease with the new landlord, The Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Vallejo layout was demolished and the name was changed to “Carquinez Model Railroad Society”.
The club’s new home was originally build in 1897 as a two story building including the main hall on the second floor which houses the layout. Due to the IOOF’s success, an addition of the rear half of the second floor & a third floor was added in 1927. This addition explains the unique door locations. The layout room is 36 feet by 60 plus an additional room that houses the south helix. There is a total of 2,330 sq feet of layout space. In 2004 the IOOF discontinued operations in the building. In 2011 the club purchased the building from the IOOF
Our Board and Key Staff
President: Dave Tateosian
Vice President: Bert Babick
Treasurer: Ed Walden
Secretary: Mark Pfeiffer
Building Manager: Robert Lopez
Member at Large: James Bullock
General Superintendent: James Kelly
Track Superintendent: Jack Gillespie
Electrical Superintendent: Mark McLeod
Operations Superintendent: Liam Hart
Scenery Superintendent: Don Trinque
Rolling Stock Inspection: Mark Marcus