2014 Club Events

January 19th, A Train Show 10th Anniversary – Confirmed Steamup

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m.  Over 385 dealer tables, plus raffle, operating layouts and door prizes.  Admission to the public is $3.00, children under 12 are free.

Avondale High School, 2800 Waukegan, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326.  For more information contact Frank Lams @ 248-537-6008

March 9th, Railroad Memorabilia & Model Train Show – Confirmed Steamup

The Bluewater Chapter of National Railway Historical Society is once again hosting this show.  Doors open at 10:00 a.m at the Gibraltar Trade Center, 15525 Racho Rd., Taylor, Michigan

March 23rd, 34th Annual Mid-Michigan Model Train Show and Flea Market – Confirmed Steamup

Finch Fieldhouse on the campus of Central Michigan University – W. of Business US-127 (Mission St.) off of Preston St in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Free parking, layouts and food concessions along with many vendors.  Proceeds from this event help the Clair Depot Preservation as well as “Dog Tails”.   Doors open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 3rd & 4th – Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Boats & More – Mt. Clemens, MI – Cancelled by MSSLS

This is a replacement show for the Gratiot Valley Spring Train Show.  Show times are Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Visit Hobby-Rama for show updates on Facebook or follow on Twitter, or the website at www.hobby-rama.com   Information on setup time will be forwarded before the show.

May 17th & 18th – Durand Union Station 39th Annual Railroad Days – Durand, MI – Confirmed SteamupA great time at a wonderful old station.  An event not to be missed.  MSSLS has been participating in this event since 2004.

For a schedule of events, please visit: http://www.durandrailroaddays.com/

June 14th – Pine Ridge Lumber Company – Jenison, MI – Confirmed Steamup

Annual steamup at Robb and Cheryl DeVries home.  Permanent raised layout with steamup area and a portable raised track with 2 loops.  Lunch and drinks provided.  Guests can bring snacks as desired.

Steamup times from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   For more information, contact Robb at [email protected]

June 20th & 22nd – Train Expo 2014 – Steam Railroading Institute – Owosso, MI – Due to unacceptable conditions and demands by SRI, this event has been cancelled by MSSLS.

More information on club participation at this event will be posted in the future.  You can also visit the SRI website for event info. at  http://michigansteamtrain.com/expo-2014/

June 28th & 29th – Log Cabin Days – Waterford Historical Society Park – Waterford, MI – Confirmed Steamup

Both days we will have our track set up with three loops of live steam engines running from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Check their web site at:  www.waterfordhistoricalsociety.org/

July 12th & 13th, Train Days – Village of Roscommon Arts & Trains Event – Confirmed Steamup

This is a new event for the club.  An outdoor art fair will be going on two blocks away at the CRAF Center while the Roscommon Train Club hosts us and maybe others for a Train Days event.  We will have a 20′ X 40′ tent set up to help protect us from the sun.  Setup would be very close to the Garden Railway, 1 1/2″ scale ride-on train, and 1 short block away from the Roscommon Train Clubs historical building (built in 1880) where we have facilities, kitchen, club room rest area and cold drinks.  Location is at the old Roscommon Train Depot site, and there will be a farmers market going on Saturday also.  Always plenty of people in town on Saturdays.  I have confirmed room discounts for club members at a local motel that also has a restaurant on the property.  Many places to eat in a short walking distance from the track setup.  B.C. Pizza, Subway, McDonalds, Fred’s Restaurant (my favorite), Matts Restaurant, Ice Cream and sandwich shop also very close.  We will also Bar-B-Q dogs and burgers for both clubs members on Saturday.   Contact Fred for more information.

July 18th & 19th, Shay Days – Confirmed Steamup

Annual event on the grounds of Ephraim Shays house and shop area in Harbor Springs.  Contact Will Lindley for information on lodging plans and prices.

August 2nd & 3rd – MSSLS & Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad Railfan’s Weekend – Flint, MI – Confirmed Steamup

This is the big one!  This is the premier event of the year for MSSLS.  Saturday and Sunday our club will be hosting a steamup at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad.  Crossroads Village features a steam powered saw mill, cider mill and many other attractions.  Included in our event (for steamers) is a photo-op ride, with photo drive byes of the 464 Mudhen, and after park hours a pot luck dinner in the roundhouse.  If you want to make it up to Michigan for one of our events, this is definitely the event you want to be at.  Use the link in the heading for more information on the Village and Railroad.

September 6th – Eighth Annual Steamup at the Lindley’s – Livonia, MI – (All MSSLS Membership and Guests by invitation only)

Who to bring: As always, spouses are specially invited.  Please don’t leave them home.

What to bring: Of course, all small locomotives, especially geared locos, and anything you want to show off for the ground level track.

The club layout will be set up, so bring everything you want to run on the larger track.

What else to bring: Canopies if you have one, and lawn chairs.  For additional information, please contact Will Lindley or check your emailed invitation.  RSVP Required

September 13th – Port Huron & Detroit Historical Society Hobo Days – Port Huron, MI – Confirmed Steamup

Their location in the old PH&D RR headquarters building, adjacent to and old roundhouse, in the middle of a working wye, right along side of the main line into the Port Huron-Sarnia rail tunnel.  Trains passing all day.  Address: 2100 32nd Street, Port Huron, MI  48060

November 1st & 2nd – Gratiot Valley Two Day Train Show & Sale Expo. – Mt. Clemens, MI – Confirmed Steamup

Saturday Nov. 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road, Mt. Clemens, MI  48083

That’s all for 2014.  See you next year for more steaming!