The Japan Rail Modelers (JRM) of Washington DC is an informal group of train modelers in the greater Washington DC Metro area that focuses on modeling Japanese rail systems. Our goal is to support and encourage modeling of Japanese rail systems and provide public education about the extensive Japanese railroads. We have produced a 72 square foot portable, Japanese themed N Scale layout that can be displayed at model railroading shows and cultural events.

JRM News

Great Scale Model Train Show - April 29&30
JRM will be displaying our ttrak layout at the April GSMT show Saturday April 29 9a-5p and Sunday April 30th 10a-4p. Please come by and say hello!

2023 Ekoji Obon Festival
The 2023 Obon Festival at the Ekoji Buddhist temple in Fairfax VA will be July 8th from 5:30-9pm. JRM will be displaying its Ttrak layout at the festival and maybe a maglev surprise!

JRM Working on 33mm TTRAK Modules
JRM members are working on making new 33mm TTRAK modules for show layouts. Contact us if you are interested in joining in!

Want to keep up with what's going on with JRM? We now have an email update for those interested in getting notices of when our next shows, meetings, and get togethers are.
What's New on the Site
Yūkari Station

Marc Damhaut presents his layout Yukara Station that is loaded with LED lighting. OLED video displays, and automation!

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!
Bryan Cary presents more of his layouts done since his first JRM article a decade ago!

Yūrakuchō - Modelling Central Tokyo
Joseph Bays' intricately handcrafted layout from scratch.

Japanese Dreams
Paul Meredith's Japanese and other layouts buildt in the last few years

HKTILC Interior Lighting Kits Review
Dan Owen reviews new interior lighting kits for Japanese N scale trains

The Yamakaigan Layout
A 5mx5m Japanese layout in New Zealand

Wakasa - a small Japanese N scale rural layout
A small running and shunting layout by Graeme Goodsell

Niigata Kotsu
A beautifully detailed micro layout by Martin

Kanjiyama - An N gauge Japanese Terminus Layout
by Nick Harling created a wonderful Japanese terminus layout from 2 display modules.

Printing Yourself A Japanese Z Gauge Layout
Ian Lawrence has done some fabulous Japanese Z scale modeling featuring a lot of printed and scratch built structures and details.

A Japanese Layout Using Bandai Shorty Trains
Nick Yee gives and excellent look at Bandai B-Train Shorty trians and his micro layout he created for them in this two part article. [Part 1 - B-Train Shortys] [Part 2 - Shorty Layout]

A Movable Feast - My Temporary Layout
Barrie Lovell has created a wonderful temporary layout system with small scenery plates to allow rapid setups of different layouts at his whims!

Confessions of a Mediocre Model Railroader
Ulrich Abramowski shows how he has created a mini-module layout that fits the bill for his limited space, budget, and tools.

Curt LeVan's New Home Layout -
Part 3

JRM member Curt LeVan is embarking on a new home Japanese layout!

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