Last week, I had the privilege of visiting the Lansing Model Railroad Club’s open house. Upon my arrival, I was intrigued to see a 1929 Ford Model “A” sitting out on the side of the road. I thought to myself, “what does an old car have to do with a model train club?” I soon found out.
Club members Dennis and Michael greeted me outside with big grins and brain-fulls of information about the event and the club. They told me that the club would celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2013, that their location has changed three times in its history, and that the building they’re located in now has gone through recent renovations to allow for layout expansion. What about the Ford Model “A”? The car belonged to a club member’s Grandfather, and the club decided it would be nice to park it outside of the building for the American Heritage Festival, and of course, to draw attention to the club.
It turns out that the particular open house I had attended was the last open house of the year, but don’t be disappointed too soon. Their next scheduled train show is outside the premises of Delta Township (where the club and clubhouse is located)- on November 18th at the Michigan State University Pavilion. This event is apparently the largest model railroad show in the state and attracts people from all around the world.
In conclusion, I would just like to say that miniature train sets and towns are something I never even thought to check out. I would have never considered that it might actually be cool, but it is. Go see it for yourself out on Old Lansing Road and Millet Hwy in Delta Township. You won’t be disappointed.