Great Falls Model Railroad Club Christmas ExTRAINaganza begins Nov. 18

AUBURN — The Great Falls Model Railroad Club of Auburn annual Christmas ExTRAINaganza will be held for four weekend days between Nov. 18 and 25 at 144 Mill St.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 18 and 24, and Sundays, Nov. 19 and 25. The handicapped-accessible club house, across from the Barker Mill, will be decorated for Christmas with trains of various sizes operating on five permanent layouts throughout the two-story building.

The long trains run on multiple tracks and through the tunnels of the large G-gauge layout, and tge interactive ski slope is a special feature of the winter scene. There are also brightly decorated Christmas trees with trains beneath them, Thomas the Tank Engine on a separate layout in the G-gauge room, with other engines from the Thomas series running on the upper trestle.

There are also n-gauge and HO layouts through the club house, with a variety of scenes, including 1950s scenes reproduced in the Lewiston Lower section of the layout, including Bates Mill 5. Older children can sign up to be guest engineers” and operate one of the HO trains.

Train-related items are also for sale in the club’s store and Train Timevideos, produced by the Great Falls Model Railroad Club and seen on many local cable channels, will be shown continuously each day and will be available for sale.

Children will enjoy decorating and eating gingerbread cookies, creating Christmas ornaments to take home, and playing the special railroad games designed by the club.
Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under, with small fees for decorating cookies and making ornaments.

For more details and photos of the ExTRAINaganza in previous years, visit