The Big Bend Model Railroad Club (BBMRC) held its first meeting on September 15, 1987. The BBMRC was organized for the purpose of promoting and preserving model railroad activities for the benefit of the general public and the members of the Club and for the purpose of promoting and preserving historical material and information pertaining to railroad transportation. The organization's unofficial motto is: "Run Trains!"
The Big Bend Model Railroad Club decided to incorporate and was chartered as "The Big Bend Model Railroad Association, Inc." (BBMRA) on June 28, 1990.
At present, the BBMRA is comprised of three divisions: the Small Scale Division (N&Z), the HO Scale Division and the Large Scale Division (all scales larger than HO).
The Association has a seven member Board of Directors: the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary/Editor, N Division Coordinator, HO Division Coordinator and Large Scale Division Coordinator. General elections are held for the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary/Editor while the three Division Coordinators are elected by members from each Division.
The Small Scale Division features six 3 by 7 foot modules with four separate loops. The HO Division maintains and operates a dual mainline dog-bone layout that measures 8 by 24 feet. The HO Division also supports a Time-Saver sub-division consisting of a 2 by 8 foot switching layout designed for public operations. The Large Scale Division operates various O-27 and/or O Scale table-top layouts and the Tallahassee Live Steamers run G Scale live steam trains on a 12 by 24 foot modular layout.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Clinics and other member-oriented activities are conducted during the meetings. Member swap meets are held quarterly.
Each year the Association sponsors our Tallahassee Model Railroad Show & Sale at the North Florida Fairgrounds. This event showcases our Association and other clubs from surrounding communities.