New York Society of Model Engineers

The New York Society of Model Engineers welcomes the interest of perspective  members in the Society. We invite anyone who has an interest in model railroading and railroad history to join our organization.


There are five different membership levels in our organization depending on your involvement and age.

 Full Membership: Full membership in the Society is open to all who are eighteen years of age or over, following a completion of a one year probationary period. A person shall be considered a full member after that period with full rights and privileges in the organization.

Junior Membership: Junior membership may be granted to those persons who are over sixteen years of age but under eighteen years of age. Junior members have no vote in the affairs of the Society nor shall they hold an elected office. Upon reaching the age of 18, Junior members may apply for full membership in the Society.

Associate Membership: Associate membership may be granted to those who do not live in the New York metropolitan area and who have a nominal interest in the Society.

Life Membership: Life membership may be awarded to full members of the Society for outstanding services to the Society. Such members shall have the same rights and privileges as those enjoying full membership, but will be exempt from the payment of dues following their election to life membership.  

Honorary Membership: Honorary membership may be awarded to person not members of the Society in recognition of outstanding achievements in the art of modelmaking or in furtherance of the art.


Full members of the Society are allowed to use all the facilities of the organization. We have an extensive railroad library of video tapes, books, and magazines. Full members are also allowed free access to the Society’s machine shops and tools. In addition, full members are allowed access to both O and HO scale layouts following the completion of training in operating the layouts.


Full members of the organization are responsible for paying their monthly dues and fees. Currently dues and fees for full members are set at $200 a year. Members who are current in payment of dues and fees are allowed access to all the facilities the Society has to offer.

 If you would like to pay your dues online, please follow this link to make a payment via PayPal


Anyone who is interested in membership in the organization should contact the Society through the following methods:

Phone: (201) 939-9212

New York Society of Model Engineers
341 Hoboken Road,
Carlstadt NJ 07070. Attn: Ralph Russo

If you are interested in speaking to someone in person about membership, talk to one of our members during our exhibitions and they will direct you to our membership chairman. You can also visit us on our meeting nights, every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.