|February 23, 2014 ...The SMSG set up their prize winning display layout at the World's Greatest Hobby Train Show in Novi, Michigan.
Photos above and below from Jerry Poniatowski
|November 29, 2013 ... Tom Hawley photographed PM #1225 in Ashley Friday evening. The "Polar Express" had arrived and the town welcomed visitors with a tribute to the train.|
World's Greatest Hobby Train Show, Novi, MI
February 23 & 24, 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?"
Video Left - by Ken Garber
at the World's Greatest Hobby train show
"I don’t know how we were so lucky, but we were the closest of all the features to the live entertainment – Choo Choo Bob. Every hour on the hour "The Dining Car Food Fight Song" and lots more of the 10-year-old crowd’s favorite songs, and jokes, "Where do freight cars go to work out relationship problems? – to couplers counseling." At the end of the show a man handed me an envelope. It contained a certificate of appreciation...." . Tom Hawley
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.