"ALL ABOARD!" and welcome to the Chesapeake Bay & Western model railroad club web site. The Chesapeake Bay Railroaders began in July, 1974 with their first layout built in the Grafton Hobby Center. A decision was made by club members in 1975 to dismantle the layout and move it to a farmhouse at 246 Railway Road in Grafton Virginia.
Seven years later, in April 1982, the club rented the east half of the present building and began construction on what is now the current layout. As quick as the layout was completed, the club had outgrown the layout. A decision was made in February 1995 to rent the entire building and plans were begun to expand the layout.
A year later in the summer of 1996, trains were beginning some limited operation into the new western end of the railroad and most heavy construction was complete. However, a great deal of track laying, scenery and electrical wiring remained to be done.
Current membership stands at 52+ members residing in York County, Hampton, Newport News, James City County, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.