Art on Rails: the Art of Model Railroading
The Art Center of Battle Creek will be working with the Battle Creek Model Railroad Club to put on this year’s family exhibit at the Art Center. The exhibit, entitled Art on Rails: the Art of Model Railroading, includes the Club’s 32’ by 12’ portable layout and many examples of the artistic side of modeling. There will also be a strong emphasis on history, both of model trains and railroading in Michigan and Battle Creek. Historical items are on loan from area collectors and from the archives of the Historical Society of Battle Creek. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, September 7th from 2-4 pm. The exhibit will be open through October 18th.
The Battle Creek Model Railroad Club was organized in 1949. It was active in varying degrees until 1965 when it went inactive. In the winter of 1973-74, the group was reactivated and has been involved in various railroad projects since then.
Club members were involved with the creation of the Z.O. & O. Railroad at Binder Park Zoo. They have assisted with and sponsored model railroad conventions including the National Model Railroad Association’s North Central Region Convention held in Battle Creek in 1985 and participated in various local exhibits.
The club has two versions of their traveling layout which they show at various train shows in the state. They also have their permanent 1,200 square foot layout located at two West Michigan. They open this layout to the public during many downtown Battle Creek events including Spring and Fall into the Arts, the Christmas Parade and the Festival of Lights.
They were just granted nonprofit status this May. They currently have 13 members. The focus of the club is on history and education. They are always looking for new members, and membership is open to anyone interested in model railroading. Affiliation with other model railroad organizations is encouraged but is not required for membership.
The exhibit is open through October 18th. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm. Admission is $2.00 per person with children 12 and under free and free to all active military and their families as well as to all Art Center members. For information on tours and other programs, call 269-962-9511.
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