|May 16, 2015 ...The SMSG held the May meeting at Dave Campbell's home in Oxford. Dave has a detailed tinplate layout designed for "fun running" as well as formal operation. That's the SMSG Pres., Tom Hawley enjoying the view from the inner circle. Click HERE to for more photos.||May 22, 2014 ... SMSG Club Layout on display at Oconomowoc, Wisconson 2014 NMRA Convention. A long heavy freight train passes through the industrial area on the club layout. Canadian influance on rolling stock preferance reflects interest of clubs members.|
SMSG set-up in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin for the 2014 NASG Convention
Photo Above - Earl Carlsen and Sig Fleischmann having a good time running trains and chatting with guests. Right - Close up of Vulcan Iron Works. Below - Sig peeks over the the tree line checking the action at John's Bar.
World's Greatest Hobby Train Show, Novi, MI
February 23 & 26, 2014 (Excerpts from Tom Hawley's write-up)
"We all had a good time running the club layout at the World’s Greatest Hobby show in Novi this past weekend - Saturday & Sunday.. There are always minor problems, but no major problem spoiled the fun even without crowd barriers that most other layouts have."
"Earl Carlsen as coordinator did his usual excellent job of dealing with the show management and keeping us all focused and productive. Setting up, operating, talking to many, many interested people and taking the layout down were handled by Randy Bosscher, John Racey, Sig Fleischmann, Ken Garber, Bill Bartlam, Chuck Riker, Chuck’s grandson Paul, Bob Stelmach, Gaylord Gill, Jim Gira, and Mark Charles. Ron Bashista & Joe Calamia staffed the American Models booth but came down to talk to us occasionally. Likewise Dan Navarre, busy with Annette at the RRM booth. "Passenger service on the layout was provided by Sig’s Amtrak train, Ken’s UP train, and Bob Bubeck’s PRR train powered by an AM Streamlined PRR K-4."
"Ken’s rather long Union Pacific passenger train ran fine with two AM E8 locos."
"We talked to lots of people with all kinds of question such as "What gauge is this?" "How is scenery made?" "Do you buy old American Flyer?" But I didn't hear one kid say "How fast will they go?"
About Us ...
In 1978 a small group of guys interested in 3/16 model railroading initiated the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers. The club was made up of modelers from the metro Detroit area, focused on S gauge model railroading, both in scale and American Flyer. Today, our membership includes modelers, collectors (AF, hi-rail and scale), manufacturers and distributors. In recent years the membership has ranged from 40 to 45 members, coming from as far away as Western Michigan, Northern Ohio and Ontario, Canada.
Many of us trace our railroad interest back to the toy trains of the 1950s and 60s, building tinplate layouts from famous names like American Flyer, Marx and Lionel.
We don’t limit ourselves to any one facet of the hobby. Members build home layouts in scale, standard and narrow gauge, Hi Rail and American Flyer Tinplate. As a club, we've built several modules, based on the S-Mod Standards, and display them at local railroad events.
Our club donated and maintains a small display layout at the Steam Institute in Owosso, Michigan. SMSG members have also constructed a large display layout and purchased a trailer to store and transport the sections to local train shows and conventions.
- Scale, Hi Rail and American Flyer interests.
- Standard and narrow gauge modelers.
- AC, DC and DCC, with and without sound.
- Monthly meetings, September through June.
- Annual summer picnic in July or August.
- Monthly newsletter & eNews update.
- Club sponsored module layout.
- Large mobile display layout.
- Home layout operations in both scale & Hi Rail
- Yes, a handcar may be next.
Click here "Contact us" or plan on attending one of our regular
meetings for more information.