Become a Member

If you’re as passionate about model railroading as we are, we encourage you to apply for membership. Members are expected to contribute time, effort, and participation.

Do I need to be an experienced model railroader to join CAMRC?  Not at all! We welcome novices, master modelers, and everyone in between. If you’re a newbie, joining a club is a great (and cost-efficient) way to dive into the hobby and learn vital skills, as well as to get hands-on without the time and expense of building a home layout. (Besides, who has an attic big enough for a 25′ x 40′ railroad?) And if you’re an experienced model railroader, we’re eager to have your expertise.

Remember, too, that you will most likely bring other skills and experience that can benefit the club. Our members include woodworkers, accountants, cabinet makers, hobby shop staffers, electricians, writers, stagecraft professors, and real-life railroaders, all of whom use their life skills to benefit the club.   


Sounds great. How do I sign up?  If you’d like to become a member, please visit the club during one of our regular meetings or open houses and speak with one of our current members or club officers.  What if I don’t live locally or can’t make regular meetings?  If you would like to support the club but don’t wish to actively participate, please consider joining CAMRC as an associate member. For information, please contact us here.


Regular membership is available to those 18 & older who possess a willingness to be active in the club, and demonstrate the ability to properly operate their preferred scale, and knowledge of the club procedures and requirements. 


For those adults who live outside the greater Charleston area, or those who cannot make regular meetings, we have Associate Memberships available.

This level is great for those who may only come several times a year, but wish to still support the club and have operating access.


Junior memberships are available for teens 14 to 18.  Our junior members are required to be with a parent to provide immediate supervision.

Organized for over 35 years

Starting in 1983, the club was originally known as the Best Friend of Charleston.  The group moved to a larger facility in 2008, located in the Citadel Mall, outside Dillard's Dept Store.


Tel: (843) 580-2109

If no answer, please leave a message.  We'll get back in touch as soon as we can!

Our Activities

- O, HO, and N Scale Operating Layouts

- Technical Support

- Model Railroad Education

- Rail Safety Education

- Special Exhibits and Events

- Model Train Shows


2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

Citadel Mall - Suite A160

Charleston, SC 29407

Outside the Dilliard's Dept Store Mall Entrance, on the right.


Tuesday & Thursday: Temporily Not Open

Saturday & Sunday:   due to COVID


Please check back for re-opening times

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