Frequently Asked 
  1. When are you open and what are your hours?

Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is also open for special events in Niles.

The model railroads are currently being constructed so there are no regular operating hours during this time. Work nights are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and they are open to perspective new members. If you are interested in joining the TCSME, please stop by on a Friday night, call (510) 797-4449, or e-mail us.

How can I become a volunteer to help staff the museum?

Visit the NDHF membership section of our website to complete an application for membership.

How can I become a member of the model railroad group, TCSME?

People interested in membership of the TCSME are encouraged to visit on a regular work night where you’ll receive an introduction to the layouts and other members. You’ll receive a TCSME membership application with more details. Work nights are Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

What model railroad scales do you operate?

The TCSME operates N and HO scale layouts.   

  1. How can I contact you?

See the Contact Us section of this website.

  1. How can my organization have a meeting at the Niles Depot?

See the Rentals section of this website.

What are your model railroad standards?

The TCSME has adopted the standards of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA). In addition, the TCSME requires the use of metal wheels and Kadee-type magnetic couplers for HO scale. Both DC and DCC-equipped locomotives are permitted at this time, however standard DC locomotives may not be permitted in the future.

Where do I board the train to ride through Niles Canyon?

The train ride through the canyon is operated by the Niles Canyon Railway (PLA), which is not affiliated with the Niles Depot Museum or Tri-City Society of Model Engineers.

The Niles boarding station is located at 37001 Mission Blvd, Fremont. See the Niles Canyon Railway’s map for more information.

Additionally, Niles Coach Lines offers shuttle service on a vintage General Motors coach from the Niles Town Plaza where the Niles Depot Museum is located to the Niles boarding station.

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