Silicon Valley Lines Model Railroad Club

Silicon Valley Lines

Founded in 1979, Silicon Valley Lines (SVL) is an HO Scale Model Railroad Club located in San Jose, California. In 1999, we moved to our current location on 148 E. Virginia Street in San Jose, where our new 23' x 72' layout is now in operation.

SVL operates trains using digital command control (DCC), which allows engineers to control locomotives independently on the same track.

Members are given switchlist and must coordinate via radio with the dispatcher to obtain authority to move on the mainline and complete their work in a timely fashion.

Our layout is constructed using some unique benchwork building techniques, with much of the layout supported by structural steel components.

Visitors are welcome to visit us at our club any Friday evening, after 7:30PM. The first Friday of each month is the club business meeting, the last Friday is “Operations Night,” and all other Fridays are work-nights. Some folks leave at 10PM, some stay until midnight or so, and a group of night owls usually adjourn to a nearby Denny’s.Membership is open, and we’re always looking for new folks to help build, operate, and enjoy HO Scale Model Railroading.

If you are curious or considering joining a model railroad club please see our pamphlet click here.

Click here for directions to SVL

If you have additional questions, feel free to email us at: svl@siliconvalleylines.com

SVL is a not for profit corporation, 501 (c) (3). California FTB Exempt Letter, IRS Public Charity and Form 1023 Check List.



New Open House Video


O-Scale West DCC Intro

SVL and other folks presented an introductory DCC clinic at O-Scale West 2010.

Presentation (PDF)


Photos from the Winter Open House January 30th, 2010

As part of the Bay Area Layout Design & Operation Weekend, we hosted an open house on January 30th.

Click here to see some pictures taken by one of our members.


Recent Updates:

Newly Posted Video of the layout

Bayrails Beef Sandwich Recipe

Online tour has been updated

O-Scale West DCC Intro

Eric Eggel & Dave Falkenburg presented an introductory DCC clinic at O-Scale West 2010.

Presentation (PDF)

Model Railroading with Arduino

Dave Falkenburg & John Plocher presented an introduction to the Arduino Microcontroller at the September 12th, 2010 Coast Division Meet.

Presentation (PDF)

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