About us

The Chesapeake Railway Association ("Chessie") is a non-profit railroad education and historic preservation group with close ties to the Walkersville Southern Railroad on which Chessie's five pieces of rolling stock are maintained and operated. Chessie members don't just "talk rail" - they take an active part in the preservation and operation of railroad equipment for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Chessie began as the Chesapeake Division, Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc., with a handful of members in Laurel, Maryland in the late 1960s. The Chesapeake Division became independent of the RRE in December 1999 and changed its name to the Chesapeake Railway Association, and today numbers approximately 115. Over the years we've held regular membership meetings in Laurel, Calverton, Gaithersburg, and downtown Rockville. For the last few years we've been meeting on the first Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. in Building CC, Room 212 of Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Maryland, from October through April. From May though August we meet at the former B&O Railroad station in Silver Spring, Maryland.

We're a friendly, rail-oriented group with mixed rail interests and backgrounds. Some of our members are current or former railway employees, while others enjoy trains as a hobby. Whatever your background, you'll find you're among friends in Chessie.