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Local club shares love of model railroad trains with community

Model railroad trains make people feel like a kid again. A local club opened up the experience to the public recently, and will be again on April 27.
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Upcoming open house

April 27

1-4 p.m.

2405 Porter Street

Wyoming, Michigan

All are welcome to attend.


/Allen Wegener

On Saturday April 13, the Grand River Valley Rail Road Club held a show at the Home School building located in Wyoming, Michigan. This event included numerous vendors and miniature model train enthusiasts from all walks of life and different ages as well.

This event drew a crowd of visitors of about 800 to 1,000 people who came to see the miniature model railroad trains and memorabilia.  

Several different clubs came to set up their miniature train sets for the visitors to enjoy watching them go around on the tables. Clubs from Holland, Battle Creek and Traverse City, Michigan came to display their model trains.

“I just got started,” says Battle Creek Rail Road member Jeff. “I remember those Lionel trains as a kid.”

“My father-in-law actually got me started in model railroad trains back in 1993,” says club member Bill. Bill and his friend John had a display set up next to each other and have been sharing the fun of model railroad trains for a long time.

“I just got started in Model Railroad trains back in 1979 and this is my first club I have gotten involved with,” says John.

Model railroad trains included the Lego kind and these trains were controlled electronically by computers.

“Model railroad trains are a popular hobby for people all over the world,” says club president Roger. “We have at present 29 club members and we meet at 2405 Porter Street in Wyoming, Michigan at various times of the month. Our building is located at the corner of Burlingame and Porter Street,” says board member Sam Bolt.

The next open house for model railroad enthusiasts is April 27 between 1 and 4 p.m. at 2405 Porter Street in Wyoming, Michigan. All are welcomed to attend. You can learn more on their website.

Disclosure: Last names of most attendees have been excluded per their request.

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