Founded in July of 1988, the Piedmont & Western Model Railroad Club has combined the talents and passions of local railroad enthusiasts to create a fictitious rail line serving Western North Carolina. The HO scale railroad runs from Marion, NC to Leadvale, TN, carrying loads across the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Total trackage covers over 1,000 feet.

The museum is open every Thursday night with the exception of major holidays, with the first Thursday of the month being a monthly business meeting. The club also hosts 4 open houses a year that coincide with the Valdese Community Affairs Spring Craft Market, Waldensian Festival, Christmas Craft Show, and Christmas parade.

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