Detroit Model Railroad Club attracts model train enthusiasts to downtown Holly

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HOLLY (WJRT) (01/14/18) - If you have a love for model trains, real life trains or railroad life in general, the Detroit Model Railroad Club in downtown Holly is the place to be!

"What we're actually doing is building a real railroad in miniature," said DMRRC Member Weldon Greiger.

The Detroit Model Railroad Club houses what's called the Detroit Union Railroad.

"Essentially this will never be done, we have some new construction in the basement that's starting to wind down, which will be the last extension of the actual layout," Greiger said.

Greiger says the scale model in place has been there since the Detroit Model Railroad Club made downtown Holly its home in 1974.

The club has been around since 1935.

"So many of us back in the 40s and 50s were given Lionel trains or American Flyer trains as children. It was a great opportunity to work with your parents," he said.

Greiger recently served as the President of the Detroit Model Railroad Club for 3 years.

"I've had a lifelong love of trains; not only the models, but the real trains," he said.

The Detroit Union Railroad has over 1 mile of track in service, which translates to about 57 feet in O scale.

"O scale means a ratio of 1 to 48 or a quarter inch to the foot. In other words, a 40 foot box car in the real world, is 10 inches in our world," he said.

Feet, inches, miles... it takes a talented and dedicated group of people that go the distance to make this labor of love an enjoyable one.

"We've got some old guys like me, but we've got some great new members coming in," he said.

And you don't need to be a member to come out and see the railroad.

The club frequently hosts open houses for the public.

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