Great Falls Model Railroad Club

Welcome to the Great Falls Model Railroad Club of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine.

Our purpose is to help promote model railroading as a hobby and an opportunity for community outreach. The club’s main focus is to help educate, not only from our members’ knowledge of model railroading but also for the public’s safety at railroad crossings and on railroad right-of-way areas through our involvement in Operation Lifesaver.

We are a 501c(3) organization so donations are tax-deductible.

Most members come from the Lewiston-Auburn area, but everyone is welcome to join.

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‘The Signal’ – May Newsletter Now Available

The SignalMay ‘The Signal’ newsletter is now available online!

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Hobo Holiday 2016

Hobos Jerry Johnston, Rick JamesOn Saturday, May 21, the Great Falls Model Railroad Club will hold its fifth annual Hobo Holiday, a family fun event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the two-story handicapped accessible club building at 144 Mill Street, across from the Barker Mill Apartments in Auburn.  Children and adults are invited to add to the festive atmosphere by dressing as hobos.

Hobo Holiday is an opportunity to learn about an interesting part of railroad history while enjoying model railroad displays and participating in various activities and games.  Hobo culture and hobo folklore are explained in a special handout.  Hobo symbols will be placed around the building telling other hobos about potential dangers or places where they are welcome.  Everyone will have a chance to sample hobo stew.

2015 5-16 Tom Coulombe Hobo HolidayA scavenger hunt encourages participants to investigate the entire railroad club building with its extensive library and model railroad layouts in various scales.  Younger children will enjoy the special play area with age-appropriate trains and can operate Thomas the Tank Engine on the newly improved layout in the G-gauge room.  As guest engineers, older children can run trains on the club’s permanent HO layout downstairs.  Games for the children will include Hoop a Caboose, Roundhouse Roulette, and fishing for prizes in a special fish pond.  Hobo Bucks for guest engineers and for games that offer prizes may be purchased at the door at $1 each or seven for $5.  Model railroad supplies and TrainTime videos will be available to buy.

G-Gauge ThomasRailroads are private property and hobos rode the trains illegally.  Because the railroad club does not want to encourage trespassing on railroad property, one of the features of the Hobo Holiday is a Railroad Safety Quiz.  Maine Operation Lifesaver members have suggested a number of railroad safety questions to be answered by participating families.  Throughout the building, Operation Lifesaver safety posters will display information which can be used to answer the Railroad Safety Quiz.  Once the quiz has been finished, participants who have answered the questions correctly can enter their names for a free drawing.  Prizes include gift certificates from Governor’s Restaurant and a free pass to ride on one of Maine’s participating tourist railroads.


Admission is $3; children under 12 are admitted free.

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Model Train Show – Mt Ararat H.S. – Saturday, April 30

The Great Falls Model Railroad Club annual spring model train show will be held at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham on Saturday, April 30, from 10 to 3.  Model trains in various scales, built by model train enthusiasts throughout Maine, will be operating all day.  New display modules will include those created by students in this year’s Model Railroading Classes offered by the Great Falls Model Railroad Club through the Auburn Adult Education program.  This year for the first time a special area has been set aside for narrow gauge displays, and vendors will sell narrow gauge items in that area as well.

Dealers from around New England will be available to answer questions and to sell new and used model railroad items. Train Time videos will be shown continuously and can be purchased.  Mt. Ararat Sports Boosters will benefit from the sale of refreshments at the model train show, including coffee and donuts in the morning and luncheon specials beginning about noon.  A children’s play area, with age-appropriate trains, will be located where parents can watch them while enjoying refreshments and conversation.  Admission is $4 for adults and free for children under 12.

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