|November, 2013 ...The town of Ashley, MI is hosting the holiday arrival of the "Polar Express" this year. With help from local sponsors the SMSG set the display layout up on Tuesday, the 26th. Scenery was refreshed, new paint for the backdrop and the base. and new plexaglass attached to the base. Trains were running by 4:00PM!!||November 29th ... Tom Hawley photographed PM #1225 in Ashly Friday evening. The "Polar Express" had arrived and the town welcomed visitors with a tribut to the train.|
NMRA National Train Show, Grand Rapids, MI
August 3rd - 5th, 2012
Brooks sent me the front cover image of the November NMRA Magazine pictured here. Gaylord wrote supporting documentation detailing our plan to upgrade the display layout. The following is an excerpt from that effort.
"Built as a club project, the SMSG layout has been displayed at shows and conventions for several years. Physically it’s a 14’ x 36’ oval consisting of eight straight sections (each 5’ 6” long) and eight corner sections (with each 90° corner made up of two sections). Although all the sections had scenery, it was fairly basic. "
" Our first task was setting a vision for what we wanted to accomplish. Essentially we wanted to portray a generic Midwest locale that had elements of four themes: farm, town, industry and country. We further set a goal that the finished layout would have the homogenous appearance of a fine home layout, as if it had all been designed and built by one person. Finally, we stressed the idea that structures and scenery would be organized into a series of scenes that flowed from section to section, rather than the more typical modular approach where each section might be designed independently. A total of 22 club members participated in the layout construction, and we had nearly that many involved in running the layout over the course of the three-day event. " Click this LINK to access the slide show.
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.