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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Jay Calnan

To Members of the Great Falls Model Railroad Club:

It is with sadness that we report that Jay Calnan passed away on Monday, August 14, at Hospice House.

He knew his battle with cancer was nearly over when he came to the Executive Committee meeting last Thursday. He had hoped to be able to come to this Thursday’s club meeting to say good-bye to other club members. Jay was president of the GFMRRC from May 2014 to May 2016. He will be missed for his humor, his enthusiasm, and his many contributions of time and energy to the railroad club.

As Jay requested, his funeral will be a short ceremony in the building at the new Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road in Augusta this Thursday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m.

Cards may be sent to his widow, Sue Calnan, 17 Mark Street, Lewiston 04240

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7th Annual Train Fest

The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will hold our seventh annual Train Fest during the Auburn/Lewiston Balloon Festival on Saturday, August 19.  The railroad club at 144 Mill Street, Auburn, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All layouts will be in operation, with pictures and models of hot-air balloons temporarily floating in the blue skies above them.  Renovations are continuing on the HO layout, but it will be fully operational and Guest Engineers should find that the track improvements will allow trains to run even more smoothly and efficiently.  New additions to the G-gauge layout include an impressive trestle on which the logging trains will run while passenger and freight trains run below it.The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will hold our seventh annual Train Fest during the Auburn/Lewiston Balloon Festival on Saturday, August 19.  The railroad club at 144 Mill Street, Auburn, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All layouts will be in operation, with pictures and models of hot-air balloons temporarily floating in the blue skies above them.  Renovations are continuing on the HO layout, but it will be fully operational and Guest Engineers should find that the track improvements will allow trains to run even more smoothly and efficiently.  New additions to the G-gauge layout include an impressive trestle on which the logging trains will run while passenger and freight trains run below it. As they enter the club, children will write their names on small paper hot air balloons and tack them on a painted backdrop scene.  Tickets can be purchased at $1 each or 7 for $5 to play the Balloon Bag Toss and Round House Roulette games for prizes, to become a Guest Engineer on the extensive HO layout, and to decorate and eat hot-air-balloon-shaped cookies.  A scavenger hunt will encourage people to go into each room to find specific hot-air balloons.  The traditional free Bubble Blast will be held outdoors, weather permitting.  The younger children will enjoy playing with toy trains on the play rug and with the wooden Brio train set on the special layout built at a child’s height.  In the G-Gauge room, they can enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine and watch the engine named Percy run on the trestle above him. Admission is $3; children 12 and under are admitted free.

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‘The Signal’ – August Newsletter Now Available

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

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