MA Tower Preservation Project

$1,520 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 37 months
MA Tower Preservation Project (Goal of $35,000)

Help us save an important piece of local history from the wrecking ball! 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

Most of the work will be performed by LMRC volunteer members. Paid professionals will be used to move the tower, pour concrete, and perform other specialized work. 

Once located on Michigan Avenue next to Lansing Union Station (now Clara’s Restaurant), MA Tower used to control the junction between the Michigan Central and the Pere Marquette railroads. It also controlled the Michigan Avenue railroad crossing gates prior to automation. In 1986, Conrail retired the tower and it was moved to Old Town that same year by a now defunct electric railway museum. Very few of these towers have been preserved across the United States and this is the only remaining one in the Lansing area.  

Established in 1953, the Lansing Model Railroad Club is an all volunteer organization of modest means that operates and maintains a large model railroad layout in the former Grand Trunk Western Millett depot. Moving MA Tower to the LMRC property will help preserve this historic structure and complement the Millett depot for all to enjoy. Rising attendance at the club’s free open house events demonstrates the public’s deep interest in preserving railroad history and love of trains. 

The Lansing Model Railroad Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax deductible per Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements.

Your generous donation will help make this important project become a reality. Any extra funds will be used towards the preservation of the Millett depot. Thank you for your support! 
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Help the Lansing Model Railroad Club (LMRC) restore an important piece of local railroad history! We are requesting financial assistance for the preservation of the Michigan Avenue (MA) Tower, which was moved in September 2016 to the LMRC from Lansing's Old Town after being donated by the city of Lansing. For about 30 years, this two-story structure sat deteriorating in a parking lot and was subjected to vandals as well as vagrants trying to take refuge. One second story window was broken allowing weather, animals, and insects inside causing damage to the interior.

LMRC’s goal is to fully restore MA Tower by October 2018. The club envisions it be used as a living history artifact, where model trains are actually dispatched from the structure. 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:

- 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
- Create replica "MA" signs that were mounted on the exterior of the tower
- Purchase two replica train order signals for the exterior
- Erect way-side railroad signals

Most of the work will be performed by LMRC volunteer members.

Once located on Michigan Avenue next to Lansing Union Station (formerly Clara’s Restaurant), MA Tower used to control the junction between the Michigan Central and the Pere Marquette railroads. It also controlled the Michigan Avenue railroad crossing gates prior to automation. In 1986, Conrail retired the tower and it was moved to Old Town that same year by a now defunct electric railway museum. Very few of these towers have been preserved across the United States and this is the only remaining one in the Lansing area.

Established in 1953, the Lansing Model Railroad Club is an all volunteer organization of modest means that operates and maintains a large model railroad layout in the former Grand Trunk Western Millett depot. Rising attendance at the club’s free open house events demonstrates the public’s deep interest in preserving railroad history and love of trains.

The Lansing Model Railroad Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax deductible per Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements. Your generous donation will help make this important project become a reality. Any extra funds will be used towards the continued preservation of the Millett depot. The LMRC is located at 5309 Old Lansing Road, Lansing, MI. 48917 (Delta Township). Thank you for your support!
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Created October 20, 2015
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35 months ago
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36 months ago
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Dennis Kennedy
36 months ago
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MA tower is worth preserving - best of luck with your efforts!

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David Wentworth
36 months ago
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Double your donation! For the next two new donors giving $50 or more to this MA Tower fund in the next 7 days I will donate an additional $50 in each case to this MA Tower fund.

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