Our Layout

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 permanent layout has many
modeling and teaching features including:

A Picture Gallery of our permanent layout -
Photos by Greg Rich

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More Pictures of our permanent layout -
Photos by Eric Gottlieb - Humorous Captions by Rich Wahl

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Photos of the old OH&O RR

Click on this link OH & O RR Slide Show for layout pics of Port Ontario, Fritag Steel Mill and Old Haven areas prior to the advent of Hurricane Dennis in the spring of 2016. You will need to have javascript enabled in your browser to enjoy the slide show!

Memberships are Available!

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!