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Rails on Wheels
525 E. Michigan Ave #151
Saline, MI 48176-1588

Founded 1988

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Our upcoming activities are

26-JAN-2017   Social meeting, Saline Historical Society Depot Museum, Saline, 8:00pm
09-FEB-2017   Business meeting, Saline Historical Society Depot Museum, Saline, 8:00pm
18-FEB and
19-FEB-2017
  Displaying the layout at the Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club's 47th Annual Model Train Show and Sale
     

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rails on wheels
Washtenaw County, Michigan's first HO modular model railroad club.

Updated: 14-JAN-2017

About Rails on Wheels

Rails on Wheels was formed in 1988 by a group of model railroaders interested in constructing, displaying and operating a high-performance HO scale model railroad. At the time, only one of the members had the space available for a permanent layout, so we each began to build small, portable sections that could be joined together, incorporating the specifications that would eventually become the Rails on Wheels Module Standards. This layout was usually stored dismantled between public showings.

To promote our goals of educating our members and the public about railroading and the hobby of model railroading, our activities have included monthly meetings and workshops, layout setups at over 75 train shows and the NMRA National Conventions in 1992 and 1997, private layout setups, railfanning outings and trips to train shows and swap meets.

In 1998, several Rails on Wheels members who had developed an interest in prototypical operation branched out and began to develop the Operations Road Show. These members constructed a second dedicated layout which resides in a member's basement and is used to hold operating sessions using timetable and train order operating rules. This layout was publicly unveiled at the Maple Leaf 2003 NMRA National Convention in Toronto, where 135 attendees participated in operating sessions. Our success in Toronto was repeated at the 2005 Cincinnati Limited and the 2009 Hartford National NMRA National Conventions. Our plan is to take this layout out for public operations demonstrations far less frequently than we show the display layout, probably no more often than once every two or three years, as the design of this layout does not lend itself to easy viewing by large numbers of people.

Rails on Wheels provides a forum through which members can learn techniques and get help from persons experienced in layout design, benchwork, scenery, electronics and wiring, rolling stock construction and structure building. We have developed new approaches and techniques to meet our specific construction needs, techniques which we feel have in some small way contributed to the advancement of the hobby.

We are in the process of building new modules to replace the HO scale modular display layout that was stolen in 2009, and welcome new members, regardless of their level of experience. Our members range from beginners to people with over 40 years' experience in the hobby.

Anyone interested in HO model railroading, from beginners to experienced craftsmen, is welcome to join. Rails on Wheels is an independent club not formally affiliated with any other organization. Membership is always open. You need not own or build a module to participate.


Club News

Club Activities

Our next activities will be:

26-JAN-2017   Social meeting, Saline Historical Society Depot Museum, Saline, 8:00pm
09-FEB-2017   Business meeting, Saline Historical Society Depot Museum, Saline, 8:00pm
18-FEB and 19-FEB-2017   Displaying the layout at the Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club's 47th Annual Model Train Show and Sale
     

Activities related to the Operations Road Show layout are listed on the Operations Road Show section of this site.

We usually meet at the Saline Historical Society's ex-NYC depot at Ann Arbor and Bennett Streets in Saline. Our meetings at the depot are open to members and non-members alike. Click here for a map.

 


Southeast Michigan Model Train Show and Sale

Our 2016 train show was another great success! With nearly 200 tables of merchandise for sale, plus several operating train layouts on display, we had a very good turnout.

Next year's train show and sale will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.



Upcoming Events

We will be holding or participating in the following public events:

18-FEB and 19-FEB-2017   The Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club's 47th Annual Model Train Show and Sale at Saline Area Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline, Michigan. Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 10am-3pm.

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