History

The West Pasco Model Railroad Association was formed in 1982 when several New Port Richey area railroad modelers decided to join together to share their enjoyment of the hobby. A small HO scale layout was soon built and placed on display at a local lumber company and membership began to grow. The WPMRA found more permanent quarters in the New Port Richey Art’s Center, where, beginning in 1988, the first large HO scale layout was begun. The WPMRA’s members made use of every bit of space afforded the club, but unfortunately, even after a complete rebuilding of the initial layout, the membership wanted to do more. Several club members combined their talents to build a modular display layout in 2012 and it has been a big hit at many model railroad shows throughout the Tampa Bay area. During the late Fall of 2014 the WPMRA took the most significant step in its 32 year history when it moved to its present quarters and began building the very large, all DCC, HO scale layout pictured on this website. While a great deal of progress has rapidly been made, there is still a great deal to be done, and many opportunities for new members to learn the skills that make model railroading the fascinating hobby that it is. The WPMRA has over 35 members and there is still room for more. While many members live in the New Port Richey area, we also have members from Hudson, Spring Hill, Wesley Chapel, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, and Dunedin ; we have “snowbird” members, and youth members, and we just might have a spot for you, please come for a visit and learn why Model Railroading is Fun.