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The club currently has 29 active members, coming from as far away as Oregon, OH, Waterville, OH, Grosse Ile, MI, Tecumseh, MI, and Hudson, MI .


To attain membership status, a new prospect should attend a few meetings just to get acquainted. If you are interested, you then submit an application and become a probationary member for 30-90 days. At a business meeting during your probationary membership your application will be voted on by the membership. If you are voted into full membership, you will receive a key to the club along with all the privileges and obligations of full membership. Membership dues are $35 per month and the first month’s dues are due when the key is issued. Members are encouraged to attend at least 50% of all meetings, and are obligated to help with the club’s fund raising activities as much as possible during the year.

Student member dues are $5 per month and student members are not issued a key, nor can they vote. Students are permitted to apply for membership at age 15. Regular members may bring in a son or daughter at age 12 but any student under 15 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent member.

We are flexible on the participation requirements. Our retired members tend to dedicate more time to the club and our younger members with families and jobs are generally seen less, but are no less important to the club. We welcome all specific interests and skill levels. We have members who have only run a train around the Christmas tree and others who have been in the hobby for 40+ years. All are welcome and our club is a great place for those who are new to the hobby to learn new skills. There is always something to do. Jobs Include: carpentry, electrical operation and maintenance. track maintenance, ballasting, scenery development, scenic detailing, structure modeling, operations support, housekeeping, car inspection, and many more.

If you are more of an operator than a builder, there is a place for you too. We have members who merely enjoy the social aspects of running trains at our open houses and operating trains during our operating sessions. Our operating sessions attempt to operate the railroad as prototypically as possible.  Learning operating jobs and then teaching others is an important aspect of operations. One of our most enjoyable operating sessions is when we invite another MR club to come in for a joint session. We’ve had joint sessions that have kept over 50 people busy operating the railroad for over 3 hours. BMRC has visited other club operating sessions as well.

If you are interested in joining our group or would like to learn more, please drop by one of our open houses or stop by during our scheduled meeting nights. Or email us at

Scheduled Club Meetings are:
7:00p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturdays (always tentative…….call ahead – 517-864-0404)

Business meetings – first Wednesday night of the month at 7 p.m.

Written by jwatts on September 16th, 2010