September Events

Club activities for September 2017

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Train Fest on August 19.  We had a good crew throughout the day.  Whether you came for all or part of the day, we really appreciated the way you helped everything to go smoothly. These events help to raise money for the club and to introduce new individuals and families to the Great Falls Model Railroad Club.  The additions, renovations, and improvements on all the layouts encourage regular visitors to continue coming to our special events as well.

September 21 – Regular Monthly Club Meeting, starts 6:45.

September 28 – Modelers Forum starts at 7:00 p.m.

HO Work Sessions, every Wednesday 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 to noon while HO work crew continues renovations.  Operating Sessions will be announced as soon as renovation work permits.

September 5 – Fall session of Model Railroading Classes begins at GFMRRC.  Classes are open to everyone and will be held for nine weeks, meeting every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Individual sessions will focus on different aspects of model railroading led by various experienced club members.  Cost is $5 per session, with a maximum cost of $15.  More details in this month’s newsletter and on the tri-cut flyers on the display counter as you enter the club.  First class on September 5 will be an Introduction to the Course and a discussion of Special Tools for Modeling.  Second class on September 12 will be Layout Design

September 9 – Dick Clark’s Garden Railroad Open House, 10 to 6, at 23 Barrel Shop Road in Greene.  This is part of Greene Village Day, and the town offers additional interesting activities.  Admission to Dick Clark’s layout = one smile.

September 16 – Third annual Maine Model Railroad Tour – a free, self-guided tour of several model railroad layouts in coastal Maine, mostly in the U. S. Route 1 Corridor between Brunswick and Rockland.  Maps and detailed descriptions of the layouts are posted on their website www.mainemodeltour.com

September 30 –  Model Railroad Show presented by Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad and Phillips Area Community Center.  Trains running all day on the SR&RL; vendors and model railroad displays at the Community Center in Phillips.  GFMRRC members will take part in several ways, including a new portable n-scale layout created by Benton, Kerry, and Julie Hayes that will be used for the first time on September 30.

Looking Ahead:

October 7 – Future Master Model Railroaders will hold their next meeting from noon until 1:00 p.m.

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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.

 

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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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