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Help us grow! The Muskegon Railroad Historical Society is a registered 501c3 corporation with papers filed with the State of Michigan. We are always graciously looking for donations to our organization. Cash, will, trust and other monetary donations can be arranged by contacting the Society through the website or by mailing us at MRHS 561 W. Western Ave. Muskegon MI 49440

Donations of historical artifacts or documents can be brought to the club during normal hours or contact the Society and we can arrange a special time. We do take donations of model trains and model railroad supplies but donation of these types of these items should be prearranged with the Society.

All donations are tax-deductable and you will receive a form for use in filing for your income tax.

We unfortunately are unable to "appraise" the value of any historical or model railroad related items. We can put you in contact with businesses or individuals that can do legal appraisals.



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Category: Hobby Shops (2) Referrals
  Riders Hobby Shops
Rider's Hobby Shops were born just after World War II in an old carriage factory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since then Rider's has grown to become the Midwest's leading hobby retailer with stores in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Our expert service, ultra low prices, and unmatched selection are what make us "the better hobby people".
  Model Tech Studios
22 Years of Unique Design Work and we continue to lead the industry in fine scale model details, scale building scenes, and scenery designs.
Category: Misc Railroad Related Sites (7) Referrals
Great railroad themed forums for railfans, photographers, historians, and anyone with a general interest in railroads.
  Locomotive Manuals
Manuals for several different locomotives.
  Rail Serve Railroad Links Directory is a leading provider of rail information services to individuals, organizations, and businesses worldwide. Since 1996,'s dynamic advertising solutions have served more than 250 clients, ranging from sole proprietors to the Fortune 500, with a renewal rate exceeding 95 percent. Acclaimed by newspapers, magazines, books, radio, and numerous online publications; linked to from more than 50,000 web sites around the world; serving more than 10,000 visitors per day (see details) - is the premier source for rail travel, hobby, and industry.
  Michigan Railroad Photos, Information, and Links
This is a collection of photos, links, and information.
  Photography and data on some of Michigan's earliest railroads.
Great source of data on some of Michigan's earliest railroads including a large selection of pictures.
  Richard Leonard's railroad archive
An excellent website filled with not only great pictures but the stories and data to go along with them. Dr. Leonard is also the man who kindly allowed us to use one of his images for our website header.
  Pere Marquette Old and New
A chronicle of the efforts to create a new model railroad basement layout.
Category: Model Railroad Resources (5) Referrals
  The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), an organization of model railroaders, advances the worldwide scale model railroading community through education and standards as well as advocacy and fellowship.
  Model Railroader Magazine
Model Railroader magazine has been the industry-leading model train magazine for more than 70 years.
  Atlas Model Railroad Co.
For 60 years, Atlas has been a leader in the world of model railroading. Atlas has its roots in model railroad track and accessory making through invention, innovation and ingenuity. Atlas has a proud reputation as a family-owned business and is well-known for quality and excellence.
  Kato USA Precision Railroad Models
KATO U.S.A. was established in 1986, with the first U.S. locomotive model (the GP38-2, in N-Scale) released in 1987. Since that time, KATO has come to be known as one of the leading manufacturers of precision railroad products for the modeling community. KATO's parent company, Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Lionel Trains are the ones that most remember as a young child. These classic trains are still around, and offer top quality O Gauge Model Railroad Equipment.
Category: Railroad Preservation Societies (21) Referrals
  Coopersville & Marne
Check out the Coopersville & Marne Scenic Railway located downtown Coopersville.
  Durand Union Station Railroad History Museum
A non-profit dedicated to preserving railroad history.
  Steam Railroad Institute
The Steam Railroading Institute, dedicated to educating the public about steam-era railroad technology, is the product of the Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation Inc.
  The Pere Marquette Historical Society
The Pere Marquette Historical Society, Inc. (PMHS) was founded in 1995 as a means of collecting and disseminating information regarding the Pere Marquette Railroad. Our membership is made up of historians, former employees, modelers, and railfans.
  Grand Trunk Western Historical Society
The purpose of the GTW Historical Society is to preserve and record the history of the lines, facilities, equipment, and personnel of the GTW Railroad, it's subsidiaries, predecessors, and successors.
  The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society
The Society's mission is to further scholarly learning and interest in the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and its predecessor companies by stimulating and encouraging the collecting, researching, recording and preserving of all technical, historical and practical information concerning the PRR and to make this information available to interested persons. And to further the accurate modeling of the PRR so that future generations may better appreciate and understand the company.
  Bluewater Michigan Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society
Bluewater owns, preserves and operates several historic rail passenger coaches for use on passenger excursion trains.
  The Michigan Railroad Club, Inc.
The Michigan Railroad Club, Ins., is the state's oldest railfan organization founded in Detroit in 1937. Today, the club has approximately 300 members who conduct monthly meetings and operate tours by rail when possible for club members.
  The Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association
A great source of information about the Ann Arbor Railroad.
  Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is a non-profit (501-c-3) all volunteer organization with the goals of: Bringing together people who are interested in preserving, restoring and maintaining interest in railroading, railroad history and railroad items from the past to the present.
The organization has established a working railroad museum on the former right-of-way of the Erie Railroad, through North Judson. Land, buildings, railroad cars and locomotives have been donated from numerous individuals and corporations to help establish this railroad museum.
  The Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society
The Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society was established for the purpose of promoting and preserving the hobby of model railroading, the history of railroads and railroading in the Grand Rapids area and providing a forum for the exchange of information about railroads in general. It is a goal of the Society to construct an operating scale model railroad "layout" to illustrate the history of the area railroads in a three dimensional form.
  Riverbend Model Railroad Club
Founded in 1992, the Riverbend Model Railroad Club is the proud builder of two HO scale model railroads.
  Holland modular railroad club
Holland Modular Railroad Club meets on Monday evenings each week, from 7 to 9 PM, at different members homes.
  West Michigan Chapter Train Collector's Association
To develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history - Tinplate Toy Trains - through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards, and to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy, model and scale trains.
  Western Michigan Model Railroad Club
Located in Wyoming, Michigan, we are the oldest model train group in the Western Michigan area, having been founded in 1959. Our layout and meeting place is located in the basement of Hobby World Hobby Shop, located at 2851 Clyde Park SW.
  Lansing Model Railroad Club
We are an established HO scale model railroad club and a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt educational organization. The club is located in the former Grand Trunk Western Millett depot with a long history in Lansing, Michigan. We are dedicated to the preservation of railroad history (past and present) through public education programs including Open Houses, Clinics, Classes, and Train Shows. The club is located at 5309 Old Lansing Road (corner of Millett Hwy.) next to a Delta Township fire station and approximately 1/2 mile east of the Woldumar Nature Center.
  National Model Railroad Association North Central Division Five
All of our meetings are at 1 p.m. On the second Saturday of the month (unless other wise noted) in the basement of the main library of the Capital Area
District Library located at the corner of S. Capital and Kalamazoo, just south of the Capital in Lansing.
  Clara's Railroad Crossing
This Directory is sponsored by Clara's Restaurants of Michigan and dedicated to the railroad-loving public everywhere. Clara's Restaurants are located in old, carefully restored train depots in Battle Creek, and Lansing Michigan.
  Peninsular Modular Railroad Club
The Peninsular Modular Railroad Club was established to promote model railroading in Battle Creek - Kalamazoo area. The Club sets up at area train shows and usually has several trial runs during the year. Although the layout is HO scale, modelers in all scales are welcome.
  Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society
Based in the southern suburbs of Chicago --
“The Railroad Capital of the World” -- the members of the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society have a deep interest and appreciation of railroad history and we are actively involved in its study and preservation.
  The Railway Preservation News
The Railway Preservation News (*RyPN) website is dedicated to the preservation of railroad history, including documents, artifacts and infrastructure.
Category: Railscanner Sites (4)
A list of sites to listen to scanner feeds online
  Grand Rapids Scanner Feed
Listen with WinAmp, FreeAmp, iTunes or XMMS
  Detroit Area CN\GTW Feed
Follow these steps to listen:
1) Go to
2) Select your preferred listening device in the "Player Selection" column
3) Click on the little speaker on the left
  Norfolk Southern Chicago Line Feed
NS rail scanner feed of the Chicago line
  Chesterton IN Rail scanner Feed
This feed is hosted and supported by RailStream & Riley's Railhouse

Presentations are scheduled the first Tuesday of each month at 7:45pm and are held in the MRHS meeting room. There is no admission.

561 W. Western Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440

Click address for map
December 6, 2016
Presentation- Steam Locomotive Tech - Dave Stroebe

December 20, 2016
MRHS Board of Directors Meeting

Interested in giving a presentation? Let us know!


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