Our organization is located in a 4050 Sq. Ft. building that was purchased in January 1994. Since then, members have been building the HO Scale layout of the Gratiot Valley Railroad, a fictitious rural/urban industrialized representation of the 1940's thru 1950's steam to diesel transition period of railroading in the USA, centered on the Great Lakes region.
One of the many enjoyable experiences in the model railroad hobby is the
development of an operating layout, which can run from purely whimsical to very
prototypical, almost a virtual re-creation (in scale) with every rock and bush
depicted from real life. The Gratiot Valley layout is a free lanced depiction
of Southern Michigan (with a few high mountains thrown in for visual effect)
set in the Steam to Diesel transition era (1940 -1955). In our scenic
scheme, we enjoy modeling a number of humorous situations scattered through-out
the layout. Visitors are invited to see if they can point them all out.
Our Layout has plenty of opportunities for Model Railroading Talents of every type from beginner to Master Model Railroader. Anyone, from the beginner who doesn't know where to start, to the longtime modeler who doesn't have the space for the layout of his dreams, will find the Gratiot Valley a great place to share and learn while enjoying the friendship of like minded modelers. Talk to a GVRR member about joining today!