On Saturday, May 16, the Great Falls Model Railroad Club will hold its fourth annual Hobo Holiday, a family fun event at the two-story handicapped accessible club building at 144 Mill Street, across from the Barker Mill Apartments in Auburn, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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, and hobo symbols will be visible throughout the building. Everyone will have a chance to sample hobo stew. A 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 expanded layout in the G-gauge room. 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. Operation Lifesaver will provide railroad safety tips and materials. Model railroad supplies and TrainTime videos will be available to buy.
Children and adults are invited to add to the festive atmosphere by dressing as hobos. Admission $3, children under 12 admitted free.