Model Railroad Historical Society


The SMRHS proudly participates in the Boy Scouts of America Railroading Merit Badge Program by offering a 3-session class that will introduce young scouts to the many exciting aspects of railroading.

118 completions and counting (8/6/2017) since October 2007.

Session One begins the Blue Card process and is held at the SMRHS Club House. Through the use of model trains the scouts are introduced to the various types of railroad equipment used. They also will have opportunities to interview actual railroad employees and get first-hand knowledge of day-to-day operations and safety issues. This session is held on a Saturday. Class B uniform.

Session Two is comprised of a field trip to the California State Railroad Museum where the scouts will ride on the Sacramento Southern (the museum's own operating railroad), taking a break for sack lunch (bring your own) followed by a guided tour of the museum. This session will focus on the history of railroading as well as give everyone a chance to "Ride the Rails". Train operations at the CSRM start in April and run through September. Class A (full dress) uniform please.

Session Three returns to the SMRHS Club House to finalize the scouts’ projects and complete the Blue Cards. Class B uniform.

In keeping with the spirit of the merit badge program we ask no more or no less from the scouts than what shows in the book: a write up by each scout or collaboration of scouts that demonstrates what knowledge they gained from this program.

This is an easy merit badge and the scouts along with the parents who help have a lot of fun. Quite honestly, so do we! Hidden under the fun is a taste of history and some important safety education as it relates to railroads.

For more information, or to schedule a session, please contact the SMRHS's own Dave Megeath: a listed member on the BSA Golden Empire's roster of Merit Badge Counselors.

We look forward to helping out your Scouts. The Railroading merit badge book contains nearly all the answers to the requirements and costs less than $5.00 - be sure to get the current copy from your local Scout store.

Workbook - download and print this out ahead of time (We will have extra copies). WORKBOOK

One-Page handout/promotional leaflet


Session 1: 3 hours

Held at the SMRHS clubhouse.

Session 2: All day

Will be held at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento . Bring sack lunch and money for museum and train ride. State park fees: adults (age 18+) $22 ($12 train ride ticket + $10 museum), youths (age 6-17) $11 ($6 train ride + $5 museum).

Session 3

Scouts should show up with their workbooks completed and blue card in hand (with Scoutmaster's signature) - we will then sign off the merit badge. Class B uniform.

Sign Up:

To sign up - send an email to Dave Megeath at and indicate troop number and how many boys. Please contact us with at least 2 weeks advance notice to schedule a Saturday session. Session 1 classes suggested not to exceed 10 Scouts due to space limitations; we will expand the schedule based on demand

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