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Michigan’s Largest Model Train Show Steams Into East Lansing

Scouts Get In Free, First 50 Earn Railroading Merit Badge

Posted by Perry Pulse at 12:58pm 10/30/18

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Just in time for the holiday season is Michigan’s largest model train show as it chugs into the Michigan State University Pavilion.

The annual Lansing Model Train Show and Sale will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $6 and free for children under 12 years as well as Scouts in uniform.  

For faster service, an express ticket sales lane will be open for customers with exact change.  

“We have an attendance of over 3,000 people,” Michael Frezell, Lansing Model Train Show and Sale coordinator, said. “Families and railroad enthusiasts come from all over to visit our show.”  

On track will be model trains running along 10 various-sized modular displays. Returning are the award-winning Peninsular Model Railroad Club, the Capital Area Railway Society, the Lansing Area N Trak club, the Southwest Michigan Garden Railway Club, the West Michigan S Gaugers, Detroit United Railways trolley club, Stacy Childs’ LEGO layout, the North Branch Railroad, and a Z-scale layout, which are the smallest trains produced.

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The Lansing Model Train Show and Sale has over 500 vendor tables of new and used model trains, artwork, collectibles, DVDs, books, vintage postcards, and much more. Vendors come from all over the Midwest including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to sell their trains.

In addition to shopping, there will be various model railroading presentations for beginners. The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Division 5 chapter will be offering demonstrations on scenery, electronics, and model building. The Boy Scouts of America can even earn a Railroading Merit Badge by attending a free class at 10:30 a.m. Class space is limited to the first 50 Scouts, please contact Donald Pratt at 616-889-8626 to reserve.

“We hope folks will be able to learn more about the hobby by attending our show,” Ron St.Laurent, club treasurer, said. “The how-to demonstrations will help people set-up a model railroad empire of their dreams.”

Free parking is available around the Pavilion and at the MSU commuter lot at the corner of Mt. Hope Highway and Farm Lane.

The annual show is organized by volunteer members of the Lansing Model Railroad Club in Delta Township. Founded in 1953, the 40-member club resides in the historic Millett railroad depot that was moved from the Grand Trunk Western Railroad property in the early 1960s. Show proceeds benefit the club's efforts to restore the Michigan Avenue (MA) Tower, maintain the historic Millett depot, and expand its model railroad layout.

Contact Michael Frezell at 517-281-2544, e-mail lmrc1953@lmrc.org, or visit www.lmrc.org for show information.

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