Train Barn (Portage, Michigan) Status

The Train Barn has been closed for more than 6 years now, and Seth Giem sadly passed away in 2015.    Does anyone know what happened to the layout? It has been a while since I have heard anything about the Train Barn.
 
It was truly an amazing layout, and I have a lot of fond memories of visiting the Train Barn. I am forever grateful to Seth for sharing his layout with the public. 
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I have visited it several times almost 20years ago...  i liked his collection of PW on display.

Maybe check the TM Video series.  I know there were a few visits to trainbarn in the heyday, maybe they filmed that building.

I cant lay my hands on what video it was in unfortunately...

I vividly remember Seth saying he doesnt run trains, but preferes to spend time making buildings or details.

Bob

Lionel Fan and Super "O" Track Enthusiast

 

Super O Bob posted:

Maybe check the TM Video series.  I know there were a few visits to trainbarn in the heyday, maybe they filmed that building.

I cant lay my hands on what video it was in unfortunately...

I vividly remember Seth saying he doesnt run trains, but preferes to spend time making buildings or details.

The Train Barn is featured in Great Lionel Layouts Parts 1 and 2. 

It is currently available for $9.99 on the TMBV website: https://www.tmbv.com/Great-Lio.../productinfo/GLLDVD/

 

This video is probably the best available on the internet (by dlc54): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4Tvw6eIsPA&t

A couple other videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4RQXTm_LuQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfPE5hmOpNs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNkfyD6SrM8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Iv92X8ocw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwTIsFN6IYM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PwiZc4TA38

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBPsaV0oDcw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoCxPPF1r3Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnaatCmhFuo

To view this layout, did a visitor have to climb a stairs to see it?  I stopped to see one on the way to somewhere years ago, but don't remember when, where exactly, or why.  Train convention in Western Michigan?

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

The TRAIN BARN and the layout are still there on Eastshore Drive in Portage, MI. 

Peggy Geim has not had anybody reopen the store for visitors to the layout. Mostly all of the remaining items for sale have been sold off to somebody. The collection of O gauge and tinplate items are still in the display shelving units behind glass.

Andrew

NS 3322 posted:
The Train Barn has been closed for more than 6 years now, and Seth Giem sadly passed away in 2015.    Does anyone know what happened to the layout? It has been a while since I have heard anything about the Train Barn.
 
It was truly an amazing layout, and I have a lot of fond memories of visiting the Train Barn. I am forever grateful to Seth for sharing his layout with the public. 

One of the club members use to work there. Next time I see him I'll ask.

Denny

Southwest Michigan Modular Railroad Club

TCA #16-71617

 

Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement

 

I do remember going to "The Train Barn" - I am going to have to see if I can find some photos or video. Back in the day I was using a Sony Handycam 8mm for video.

I could point out a lot of stuff on my layout that came for The Train Barn. I have also wondered what happen to this layout.

Gary

colorado hirailer posted:

To view this layout, did a visitor have to climb a stairs to see it?  I stopped to see one on the way to somewhere years ago, but don't remember when, where exactly, or why.  Train convention in Western Michigan?

Yup, it was in the loft of the barn. Downstairs he had a shop. I was there in 2012 during the NMRA national convention in Grand Rapids. I had seen the TM videos, and always wanted to visit. If I remember correctly, Seth was planning to close it up back then, and I bought a bunch of cars from the shop.

Peter - I'm in the process of looking through my pictures. If I find the Quick Sand & Gravel I'll post it.

Is this it? Looks like he won a blue ribbon with it.

IMG_0506

BTW I have a lot more photos from around the layout, but the quality isn't the greatest because it was a bit dark up there.

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I live only 2 miles away from the Train Barn. Every Christmas, Portage city hall displays a small layout in the lobby. Peggy provides select Train Barn buildings Seth created for the layout.

I miss the Train Barn. My first visit was in1973.

Ken

 

 

 

 

 

I want to thank everyone for their suggestions, and help..........since I have nearly everything that TM has produced, I located my copy Great Lionel Layouts, Part 2......watching it  will be a project for this weekend.

In addition, (funny how this happens) lying in bed this week I seem to remember a feature article on the Train Barn in one of the early CTTs.....maybe the 1st one which has Richard Kughn on the cover. That article had a picture of Quick Sand & Gravel. Once I locate my copy this weekend (I know exactly where I keep it), I will ask Carl Swanson and Roger Carp if I could post a phone picture, giving CTT credit as the source.

Peter

Putnam Division posted:

I want to thank everyone for their suggestions, and help..........since I have nearly everything that TM has produced, I located my copy Great Lionel Layouts, Part 2......watching it  will be a project for this weekend.

In addition, (funny how this happens) lying in bed this week I seem to remember a feature article on the Train Barn in one of the early CTTs.....maybe the 1st one which has Richard Kughn on the cover. That article had a picture of Quick Sand & Gravel. Once I locate my copy this weekend (I know exactly where I keep it), I will ask Carl Swanson and Roger Carp if I could post a phone picture, giving CTT credit as the source.

Peter

Hi Peter,  I checked my archives, and your memory is correct, the Train Barn was in the Premier Issue of CTT, with Mr, Kughn on the cover.  It was the Fall 1987 Issue. I remember when I bought that issue, seems like yesterday!  LOL

 

Dave B, from Tacoma, WA, TCA #14-70330

 

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