Kalamazoo Train Barn to close

Model railroading in all scales and gauges. HO talk welcome :)
GAP
Railroadfan...fan
Posts: 221
Joined: Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:06 pm
Location: Portage MI

Kalamazoo Train Barn to close

Unread post by GAP »

The Train Barn in Kalamazoo will close on March 8, Seth Geim's 75th birthday. What makes this place special is not the hobby shop itself, but the 3000 square foot layout in the second floor of the barn. It's all tinplate, 3 rail, but your head should be on a swivel to take it all in. One of it's many features is a 16 foot long suspension bridge that sags under the weight of the train crossing it.

The layout is open Saturdays and costs $3 to see. I've seen it several times and find something new each time. This time I found a model of the Vicksburg Michigan depot that I had never noticed before.

If you live in the Kalamazoo area, be sure to take a look before it closes in March.

User avatar
AARR
Ann Arbor RR Nerd
Posts: 32182
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 8:39 pm
Location: Washington, MI

Unread post by AARR »

Thanks Greg. Sounds like a place I'd like to see.
PatC created a monster, 'cause nobody wants to see Don Simon no more they want AARR I'm chopped liver, well if you want AARR this is what I'll give ya, bad humor mixed with irrelevant info that'll make you roll your eyes quicker than a ~Z~ banhammer...

Todd Cline
Railroadfan...fan
Posts: 729
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:23 am

Unread post by Todd Cline »

This is VERY sad to hear. While I haven't been there in years, I have fond memories of the place and Seth Sr. AND Jr. when I used to go there as a kid. Once, after leaving the shop, we were getting into the car and saw a PC freight heading north just across the street on the old G.R.&I. That was just before the line was abandoned. I suppose the mail-order discount hobby shops were the final nail in the coffin for the local hobby shop. Even Walthers sells direct now.
I suppose some real estate developers will probably tear it down and erect some high price condos there. What a shame. If I had been living in the Portage area, I would have frequented the Train Barn. I'm from Battle Creek, so trips to the Train Barn were always a rare thing. If I can remember how to get there, I'll have to swing by there this fall.
I wonder, what will become of the great O scale layout up in the loft?
I hope someone keeps it intact.

Todd

User avatar
J T
Hates Supper
Posts: 10591
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:23 pm
Location: Grand Rapids
Contact:

Unread post by J T »

Thanks for the info, GAP. I saw a story in the GR Press about this guy's layout about a year ago, and in the photo was the same Lionel GT switcher (8761) that I have displayed on a shelf in my kitchen.

Image

If I make it down there before it closes, I'll definitely take my engine along with me to see if it still runs.

NS3322
Railroadfan...fan
Posts: 787
Joined: Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:08 pm
Location: CP-LEVITT

Re: Kalamazoo Train Barn to close

Unread post by NS3322 »

Does anyone know what happened to the layout? It has been a while since I have heard anything about the Train Barn.

Post Reply