West Central Model Railroad Club
Providing the excitement, sense of accomplishment and camaraderie
of running a railroad for members and visitors…..…..and doing it in 1/87th
scale……..….it’s creating a world in miniature, then not just running trains, but
running a railroad……..…..
Central Model Railroad Club is located at 805 Clifton St. in Sparta,
setting is an HO scale, permanent layout club located in the
club's own building, adjacent to the Canadian Pacific Railway
(formerly Soo Line, formerly Milwaukee Road) mainline between Chicago and St.
club purchased the building in the fall of 1987 and started building the
layout in 1988.
Central Model Railroaders' 1,500 square foot building has an extensive HO scale
model railroad in progress.
scale miles (425 feet) of main line track has been constructed.
Crawford Yard and Woodman Yard are focal points on the layout. Several
sidings and spurs are strategically located along the entire route,
serving towns and industries. The
layout features a wide variety of scenery and has several tunnels and
The West Central operates with Digitrax DCC
meetings are at the clubhouse every Monday and Thursday at about
7:30 pm. Members regularly conduct formal operating sessions the third Saturday
evening of the month and group running sessions occasionally. Members come
alone or with any number of other members to run trains 24/7/365. Visitors are
club hosts its annual Summer Open House the first Saturday of June and
its annual Winter Open House the first Saturday of December.
Times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
is open to people of all ages interested in model railroading who would like to
be a part of the development of this exciting project.
welcomes people of any skill level who are willing to contribute time and
talent to this task.
many opportunities to help work on, such as building maintenance, backdrop
painting, public relations, photography, videography, scenery construction,
electrical wiring, track laying, model building, locomotives (any era, any
model, any road name) and rolling stock (freight and passenger cars).
has about 14 members and is always looking for more members.
families and junior members are encouraged to join. There are no
initiation or joining fees.
dues are $30 for adults, $30+$1 per family member for families, and $10 for
junior (less than 18-years-old) members. The club also offers
an associate membership at $50 per year for those who are unable to fully
club officers are:
President Dennis Hamilton
Vice-President / Treasurer Ron Jurgens
Secretary Tom Michele
website revised Dec. 28, 2013