Detroit Model Railroad Club Invites Visitors
Model train and railroad building is one of America’s most popular and enduring hobbies. And why wouldn’t it be? How many other chances will someone get to design an entire railroad, an entire town for the trains to go through – or even part of an entire state? It’s a fun way to celebrate both America’s railway heritage and exercise your creativity, and there’s no better example of this than the Detroit Model Railroad Club.
The Detroit Model Railroad Club, located in downtown Holly, was established in 1935 as a way for model train enthusiasts from all over the country to get together and celebrate their love of the railroad. Headquartered inside the beautiful and historic Holly Theater, the club devotes their time to creating a fictional Detroit Union Railroad that stretches from downtown Detroit all the way to Dorrance, with stops at Millersburg, Keatington, and more. And in addition to the railroad itself, the club features an upstairs meeting room that contains an extensive railroad library and dispatcher’s office where the trains themselves are operated.
Want to see it for yourself? You’re in luck! On March 21st and 22nd, the Detroit Model Railroad Club will be opening its doors to the public for its annual Open House! From noon to 5:00 PM, visitors are invited in to see the trains operate, view the beautiful hand-decorated landscapes and scenery, and learn more about the fine art of model railroad building.
Why is this such a big deal, you ask? The Detroit Model Railroad Club doesn’t open its doors for just any occasion! From April to October, the club is closed for work and renovations where the tracks are re-laid and re-decorated, new track is created, and new landscapes are set up and painted. In these months the club is a bit too busy breathing new life into the track to keep it cleaned up for visitors (like your mom used to ask before you had company over), so November to March is considered the ‘open house season’ by the club.