Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Lansing Model Railroad Club Inc

  • East Lansing, MI
  • http://www.lmrc.org

Mission Statement

To preserve the former Grand Trunk Western Railroad historic Millett Depot. To promote interest and better understanding of model railroading. To maintain an educational organization for the study of American railroading, past and present; for to assist in the preparation of youth for railroad careers and to instruct members of the Boy Scouts of America to allow youth to earn the Railroading Merit Badge, and to assist other youth groups in similar projects. To provide a central operating layout in the Lansing area for the education of groups or individuals for the above-stated reasons.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Michigan Avenue (MA) Tower Preservation Project

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Service Areas

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Michigan

Lansing, Michigan

ruling year

2002

President since 2015

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Michael Frezell

Keywords

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model, railroad, railroading, railroadiana, Millett, depot, trains, boy, scouts, merit, badge

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Also Known As

LMRC

EIN

38-3612683

 Number

3761720560

Physical Address

5309 Old Lansing Road

Lansing, MI 48917

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

The main operating program is maintaining the Millett Depot. Maintenance has included painting, repairs, gas/electric bills, and property taxes. Improvement programs are focused on the building, grounds and model railroad layout. Each year the membership decides on an improvement project pending available funds. Other operating programs include office supplies, and promotion for the annual model train show.

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Program 2

Michigan Avenue (MA) Tower Preservation Project

The Lansing Model Railroad Club (LMRC) is requesting financial assistance for the preservation of a historic, former railroad structure located in Lansing, Michigan’s Old Town district. Currently in run-down condition, “MA (Michigan Avenue) Tower” is a two-story structure sitting in a parking lot on city of Lansing property. The lower-level doors and windows are boarded up due to vandalism and vagrants trying to take refuge. One second story window is broken allowing weather, animals, and insects inside.

Recently, the LMRC approached city officials about donating the structure to the club and they subsequently agreed. An agreement was reached to move the tower to LMRC property and clean-up the site where the tower is sitting. The city has no plans for this structure and will demolish it if no other use is found.

LMRC’s goal is to move the structure from Old Town to their site at 5309 Old Lansing Road, Lansing, MI. 48917 (Delta Township) in 2016. Once on the property, the LMRC envisions MA Tower to be used as a living history artifact, where model trains are actually dispatched from the tower. It also will be used to control full-size, way-side train signal exhibits.

The MA Tower Preservation Project will require necessary funds to perform the following tasks:

•Move the tower approximately 8 miles across Lansing
•Build a concrete pad and sidewalk
•Install steps to the second floor
•Repair and/or replace the siding
•Install insulation
•Repair and/or replace the windows
•Renovate the interior
•Restore interior desks and other artifacts
•Install utilities, communications, computers, and other equipment
•Erect railroad way-side signals

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Budget

$35,000

Service Areas

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Michigan

Lansing, Michigan

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Lansing Model Railroad Club Inc

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President

Michael Frezell

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael Frezell

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Term: Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

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