Railroad club moving from Dagsboro to Selbyville

By Glenn Rolfe
Posted 6/8/21

SELBYVILLE — The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club is moving on down the line.

Based at Clayton Crossing in Dagsboro since 2015, the model railroading club recently received a 90-day lease-termination notice and plans to relocate several miles south to a new venue off Dupont Boulevard, just north of Selbyville.

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Railroad club moving from Dagsboro to Selbyville

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SELBYVILLE — The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club is moving on down the line.


Based at Clayton Crossing in Dagsboro since 2015, the model railroading club recently received a 90-day lease-termination notice and plans to relocate several miles south to a new venue off Dupont Boulevard, just north of Selbyville.


The nonprofit’s new building is larger, totaling 4,200 square feet, some 1,200 square feet more than its current hub.


“We’re excited about the new place. It is actually bigger than where (we) are at,” said DSRC spokesman Mark Fisher. “It will be a really nice situation to have. It has size. You can walk around layouts and not be jammed up against the walls.”


A July 3 yard sale/open house will be DSRC’s last public event at the Dagsboro site. The club must be out by the end of July, Mr. Fisher said.


The tentative date to be in the new building is Aug. 1.


Rent at the new site is comparable, perhaps slightly more, Mr. Fisher added.


DSRC was formed in February 2003. It started with four members based out of SeaSide Hobbies in Ocean View.


Then, it was based in the second floor of the historic Georgetown Train Station, until a fire May 7, 2011, caused an estimated $40,000 in losses of model trains and equipment.


“The fire that took out the train station in Georgetown took us out,” Mr. Fisher said.


In 2015, DSRC moved into its rental space in Clayton Crossing.



There are 72 members of the club currently. Annual dues are $75.


The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club welcomes new members and sponsors in support of its stated mission “to preserve and promote the history and hobby of model railroading.”


Club activities include:


  • School projects, teaching children how to design and build a model railroad.

  • Annual train shows in May and September (held at Roxana Volunteer Fire Co. until the pandemic).

  • Clubhouse operating displays in all gauges, which are open to the public.

  • Operating modular trains in O-, S-, HO- and G-gauges at various area venues.

  • Community workshops and displays.


“We’re not about making money,” Mr. Fisher said. “We’re about providing something that is not only entertaining but has an education value for kids.”