The Detroit Model Raillroad Club
104 North Saginaw St.
Holly, MI 48442
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Welcome to the Detroit Model Railroad Club website. The club was established in 1935 and is currently located in the old theater in historic downtown Holly, Michigan. The club’s O scale layout depicts the fictitious Detroit Union Railroad, a freelance double-track line running from Detroit to Dorrance, Michigan, with continuing single track and branchline service to Keatington, Millersburg, and beyond. Narrow-gage tracks interchange at Millersburg and serve customers up in the mountain region.
Tuesday is work day at the club. Members typically start as early as 9AM. We work on the layout, we stroll to one of several great places in Holly for lunch, then we continue until suppertime when we take another break. After supper, other members have arrived, and some can still be found there early Wednesday morning. April to October is our heavy work season when the club can be full of sawdust and plaster. November to March is our open house season, so work continues, but with a focus on keeping the railroad operations-ready. Visitors and new members are always welcome on Tuesdays.
The Detroit Model Railroad Club, Inc. has obtained 501c3 tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. As such, donations made to and accepted by the club may be deducted from the donor's taxable income per current IRS rules. Contact a member of the Detroit Model Railroad Club Board of Directors to determine if a proposed donation is acceptable to the club or for further information.
THIS WEB SITE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Our open house dates are when we open the doors and the public is welcome! Come see what model railroading is all about at one of the largest O scale model railroads in the country. During open houses, we operate the railroad with a dispatcher controlling railroad traffic on the mainline, and engineers driving multiple freight and passenger trains. We model the transition period in the 1950's, so both steam and diesel locomotives will be found pulling freight and passenger trains on our railroad. You'll also be able to listen in on the radio communications between the engineers and the Detroit Union dispatcher.
In addition to the trains running, there are always a few club members around to answer your questions about how we build the railroad, and how you can become part of the fun.
Open house hours:
Noon until 5PM
2014 scheduled open house dates:
November: 8 & 9
November: 28, 29, & 30
December: 6 & 7
Open House Admission :
Adults - $5.00
Seniors (65 and up) -$4.00
Children (5 - 18) - $2.00
Children under 5 - Free