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.