The Flat Rock Model Train Depot and Museum is gearing up for the opening of its 10th season in October.
The museum, in Huroc Park, 28700 Arsenal Road in Flat Rock, will be open with its seasonal grand opening Halloween display from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 29.
The museum will follow that with its Christmas at the Depot on Nov. 4, 11, 18, 24 and 25, and Dec. 2, 9, 17, 23, 27 and 30.
Admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for children ages 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Sponsored by the Flat Rock Model Train Club, the layout features American Flyer and Lionel trains which wind past towns, a carnival, a zoo, a circus and farms, and over dams, bridges and mountains, and through tunnels.
The layout is suited for children; by pushing buttons, whistles blow, bells ring, lights flash and fire trucks rush out to put out fires.
New displays are added weekly. Animated displays featured this year include an elevator going up and down into the Detroit Salt Mine, a marching band and an extended parkway.
The Flat Rock Model Train Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of railroads in the area.
Henry Ford brought the railroad to Flat Rock in the 1920s when he consolidated and improved the lines. He built the dam across the Huron River and the Model T Headlamp Plant in Flat Rock. These are displayed to scale on the layout.
The club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays to work on the layout and discuss future projects.
All model railroad construction is funded by public donations and fundraisers. Donations of trains and train memorabilia as well as cash are welcome.