After a number of informal round-robin gatherings of interested modelers in early 1987, the group formed the Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders, elected officers and adopted by-laws in April, 1987. Shortly after this a club railroad name was chosen, Central Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad with gold and maroon being its colors. 

On September 13, 1989, the club was incorporated in the State of Wisconsin with non-profit status being granted on Jan. 8, 1992. The club serves to bring together railroad modelers and people with related interests by providing a regular meeting place and schedule of activities to enhance participation in the hobby.

Business meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 P.M., in the basement club room of the Bancroft Depot located in the Portage County Historical Society's Heritage Park complex on Washington Ave at the ex-GB&W tracks in Plover, Wisconsin.