Baltimore Society of Model Engineers

BSME Open House shows

  We hold open house shows to promote the hobby of model railroading, we have held our open houses for over 80 years! If you are interested in making model railroading your hobby, we also welcome new members! It is a great family hobby.

We are open the Second Sunday of each month, except May. And are open additional days during the Winter Holiday season.

Weather and Holidays permitting, plan to drop by to see trains run, find out more about the hobby, and our club.


Second Sunday Open House schedule:

  • Sunday, March 8
  • Sunday, April 12
  • CLOSED - Sunday, May 10 - CLOSED - Happy Mothers Day!
  • Sunday, June 14
  • Sunday, July 12
  • Sunday, August 9
  • Sunday, September 13
  • Sunday, October 11
  • Sunday, November 8
  • Sunday, December 13

The club will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm each day.

You will see operating trains and trolleys modeling railroad transportation systems in realistic settings with scale buildings, vehicles, and people. The club operates both HO and O scale layouts, the two most popular model railroad scales. Each layout is 65' x 12', included in the 2500 sq. ft. display space are a real steam locomotive bell, headlight and whistle; 34 heralds (logos) from railroads that criss-crossed this country in the mid 50s; and manufacturer and railroad publicity photos.

If you have a group who would like to visit the club, please e-mail your request to:

Admission is by donation. We suggest donations of $5 per person, $3 for ages 3-13, and $10 for a family. (That is a lot less than the cost of movie tickets!)

For a preview of some of what you'll see look at our layouts.

Buy a 75th Anniversary commemorative train whistle or other unique railroad item from our gift kiosk.

We are located at 225 W. Saratoga St in downtown Baltimore, between Howard St and Park Ave. Howard Street is the extension of I-395 into downtown. I-395 is the main downtown exit from I-95. If you are driving south it will be just after going through the Fort McHenry Tunnel (toll tunnel). Saratoga Street is one block south of Mulberry Street, which is route 40 eastbound. Parking is available on the street and is free on Sundays. We are one block north of the Lexington Light Rail Station, and two blocks east of the Lexington Market Metro station.

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If you need more directions, call the club at: 410-837-BSME (2763), and leave a message or send e-mail to:

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