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About the Kalmbach Library
Who We Are
Since 1986, the A. C. Kalmbach Memorial Library has housed the archives for the National Model Railroad Association and aided its members in answering research questions. The library is open to the public and aids all who have an interest in prototype and model railroads. Members of the NMRA do receive priority attention and receive discounts on services and publications.
Doing the Research for You
We understand that Chattanooga, Tennessee may be a long drive for most of our members and friends which is why we specialize in doing the research for you. We answer thousands of research questions a year covering topics from paint schemes to builder's drawings, kit instructions to layout plans. Browse our collection to see the resources we have available. You may have a specific idea of what you need, such as a listing from a 1928 Official Railway and Equipment Register for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. Or, you may need to know what type of storefronts were in a certain city on the ATSF during the 1950s, but you have no idea where to begin. We're here to help.
What to Do with Your Railroad Collection
Have books, magazines, pictures, slides, negatives, videos, model or prototype railroad equipment you wish to dispose of? See Making Donations for more information, including options for selling collections.
How to Contact Us
To place a research request or photocopy order, please see Research Requests for details. To order publications or duplicate materials, rent a video, or other questions, please call (423) 894-8144, FAX (423) 899-4869, or email Lib@hq.nmra.org. Written enquires may be directed to:
Kalmbach Memorial Library
4121 Cromwell Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Visitors can access the library during our regular operating hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. The library is closed for major holidays and occasionally for collection maintenance. If you plan on paying us a visit, we strongly recommend that you call ahead to avoid any potential problems with scheduling.