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

Founded 1988

Ann Arbor GP35s passing through a yard

Our upcoming activities are

14-SEP-2023   Monthly Business Meeting at the Saline Depot
21-SEP-2023   Monthly Business Meeting, via Zoom Meeting


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

Updated: 20-SEP-2023

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 is stored dismantled between public showings.

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 Activities

Monthly meetings are suspended for the months of June, July and August. Our next activities will be:

14-SEP-2023   Monthly Business Meeting at the Saline Depot
21-SEP-2023   Monthly Social Meeting, via Zoom Meeting

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

How ot get to our train showOur 2023 train show and sale will be held on Sunday, November 26 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. The Grounds are at 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, 4.5 miles southwest of I-94 exit #175 (Ann Arbor-Saline Road), or seven miles west of US-23 Exit #34 (US-12), via Textile Road.

Our show features over 125 tables of new and used trains for sale, and large operating layouts on display. Parking is free.

Admission is $5.00 per person for ages 12 and older. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. "Early-Bird" admission is available for $10.00 per person, beginning at 8:00am.

Vendors: Sales tables are available for $25.00 apiece until November 1. After November 1, tables increase to $30.00 apiece. A limited number of spaces are available with electricity, for an extra $5.00 per "booth" (group of tables). Requests for tables in the same location as in 2022 must be received by October 15. For additional information, or to purchase table space, call Jeff Fryman at (734) 944-9872 (evenings) or John Young at (517) 449-9063. Invitations to vendors from the 2022 show were mailed out inlate August.

Alternately, if you wish to sell items at our train show, please download the show flyer, below, print it out, fill out the second page, and mail it by Nov. 15, along with your payment, to the address on the form.

Click here for downloadable show flyer
Click to download the show flyer (2 pages)


Upcoming Events

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

Nov. 26, 2023   Southeast Michigan Model Train Show and Sale, 10am to 3pm, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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