What began as a group of people with a common interest in model railroading meeting at hobby shops in 1974 eventually grew to an established nonprofit, but we needed a name. One of the first orders of business was establishing an organization newsletter called The Whistle Post. The posts took the form of a history of the fictitious Neuse River Valley Railroad. The railroad followed the route of the North Carolina Railroad between Durham and Morehead City.
The goal was to establish what the railroad was so that we could model it. We established colors, paint schemes, lettering, and so forth. A roster of locomotives and rolling stock was set up. This imaginative project was the impetus for the name of the club, and we still go by The Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club today.
Many of the founding members are still part of the club today as we’ve grown to about 50 members ranging in age from 12 to 90!