Hobo Holiday 2017


The Great Falls Model Railroad Club will hold its sixth annual Hobo Holiday on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 144 Mill Street, across from the Barker Mill Apartments in Auburn.  Dressing as hobos is fun but optional for children and adults.


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



A scavenger hunt encourages participants to investigate the entire two-story building with its extensive library and model railroad layouts in various scales.  Younger children can operate Thomas the Tank Engine and will enjoy the special play area with age-appropriate trains.  As guest engineers, older children can run trains on the club’s large 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.



Railroads 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.  Throughout the building, Operation Lifesaver posters will display information which can be used to answer the Railroad Safety Quiz.  Participants who have answered all 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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Great Falls Model Railroad Club Spring Train Show – Mt Ararat HS



The Great Falls Model Railroad Club annual spring train show will be held at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham this Saturday, April 29, from 10 to 3.  Model trains in various scales, built by model train enthusiasts throughout Maine, will be operating all day.  The large HO modular layout includes sections created by students in Model Railroading Classes offered by the Great Falls Model Railroad Club through the Auburn Adult Education program.


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 benefit from the sale of refreshments. 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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Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) Railway History presented by Seashore Trolley Museum

Image courtesy of Narcissus Project

Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI) Railway History 1910 – 1033


On Wednesday, April 19, the Seashore Trolley Museum will present a program at the Portland, Maine Public Library, 5 Monument Square, on the history of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban Railway during the period from 1910 to 1933.

The program will include information on the restoration of the interurban rail car Narcissus that Theodore Roosevelt rode as a passenger.  Phillip Morse and Donald Curry will be making the presentation. Donald Curry is the lead restoration technician at the Trolley Museum and is leading the volunteers who are restoring the 1912 PLI, Narcissus.  Philip Morse is the Narcissus project manager.

For more information on the Narcissus project and the PLI is through the Narcissus project blog www.narcissus1912.blogspot.com

The Portland Public Library program takes place at noon and is free. It is suggested that you bring a lunch.

FMI: call 207-985-9723 or visit http://www.trolleymuseum.org

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