West Central Model Railroad Club


Providing the excitement, sense of accomplishment and camaraderie of running a railroad for members and visitors…..…..and doing it in 1/87th scale……..….it’s creating a world in miniature, then not just running trains, but running a railroad……..…..

The West Central Model Railroad Club is located at 805 Clifton St. in Sparta, Wisconsin.  

The setting is an HO scale, permanent layout club located in the club's own building, adjacent to the Canadian Pacific Railway (formerly Soo Line, formerly Milwaukee Road) mainline between Chicago and St. Paul.  

The club purchased the building in the fall of 1987 and started building the layout in 1988.

The West Central Model Railroaders' 1,500 square foot building has an extensive HO scale model railroad in progress. 

Approximately seven scale miles (425 feet) of main line track has been constructed.  Crawford Yard and Woodman Yard are focal points on the layout. Several sidings and spurs are strategically located along the entire route, serving towns and industries. The layout features a wide variety of scenery and has several tunnels and several hand-built trestles.  

The West Central operates with Digitrax DCC operation.

Regular meetings are at the clubhouse every Monday and Thursday at about 7:30 pm.  Members regularly conduct formal operating sessions the third Saturday evening of the month and group running sessions occasionally.  Members come alone or with any number of other members to run trains 24/7/365. Visitors are welcome anytime.

The club hosts its annual Summer Open House the first Saturday of June and its annual Winter Open House the first Saturday of December.  Times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Internet:   http://www.westcentralrr.org/

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Central-Model-Railroad-Club/198058746906091


Membership is open to people of all ages interested in model railroading who would like to be a part of the development of this exciting project.  

The club welcomes people of any skill level who are willing to contribute time and talent to this task. 

There are many opportunities to help work on, such as building maintenance, backdrop painting, public relations, photography, videography, scenery construction, electrical wiring, track laying, model building, locomotives (any era, any model, any road name) and rolling stock (freight and passenger cars).

The club has about 14 members and is always looking for more members. 

Adults, families and junior members are encouraged to join.  There are no initiation or joining fees. 

Monthly dues are $30 for adults, $30+$1 per family member for families, and $10 for junior (less than 18-years-old) members.  The club also offers an associate membership at $50 per year for those who are unable to fully participate.

Current club officers are:

President                                 Jason Dennison

Vice-President / Treasurer      Ron Jurgens

Secretary                                 Dennis Hamilton 


This website revised June 11, 2014