From our humble beginnings as a simple advertisement in the back of the January 1932 issue of “The Modelmaker” magazine, seeking modelers in the Baltimore region, the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers has persevered through economic upturns and downturns, wars, five different locations, and now a pandemic. We can’t help but wonder if the individuals who met in a NE Baltimore home on March 4th, 1932 ever imagined that the organization that they began would remain one of the oldest, if not the oldest, model railroad societies in 2021.

Today we celebrate our 89th birthday as an organization of members with a common interest in building and operating scale models of real railroads and trolleys (light rail) transportation systems. Help us celebrate, if not by the PayPal donate button, through our Facebook page, we get 100% of your donation - no fees are taken.

And as always, give us a shout if you would like to join us in developing skills, sharing knowledge, and planning the future of our organization. We meet every Friday night via Google Meet to share our projects, get advice, and watch videos from our very own curated lists, contact us at:

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News - 03/04/2021

This update is late, March fourth was our 89th "birthday" normally we celebrate by inviting members from other organizations to our headquarters. That did not happen this year, both because of COVID and our interm space is too small. But you can help us celebrate and work towards a goal of a bigger space. How? By clicking that Donate button or the the left, or using Amazon Smile for your amazon purchases with our 501(c)(3) organization designated as the recipient of amazons donations.

Baltimore Society of Model Engineers

The Baltimore Society of Model Engineers is a model railroad club located in Baltimore Maryland, formed in March 1932. We are the oldest organization dedicated exclusively to model railroading in the United States and the third oldest modeling society in the world!

The BSME layouts and offices are now located on the third floor of 3500 Parkdale Ave, Baltimore, Maryland in the historic Woodberry neighborhood. We are short walk from the Woodberry light rail stop.

The society is always interested in welcoming new members, regardless of modeling skills. Part of the club's activities help beginning members to become skilled in all aspects of the hobby. We also have plenty to keep the experienced hobbyist interested and challenged. If you are interested in joining our historic organization check out the membership page for all the details