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Dec 1

Webster Groves, MO

Big Bend Railroad Club

Old Frisco Station, 8833 Big Bend Blvd - 7:30 to 9 pm - Springfield & Ozark Railway; YouTube video of their history & a visit to "Big Bend Railroad Club". Info: Ken Rimmel, 855 Windemer Ave, Des Peres, MO 63131-4531; 314/966-5227, 314/968-6847.

Dec 1 to 31

Cincinnati, OH

64th Annual Duke Energy/CSX Holiday Train Display

lobby, Duke Energy Bldg, SW corner of Fourth & Main St -The 2009 theme is "Dreaming of Sugar Plums, Lollipops and Gingerbread" and the centerpiece is a curved bridge, decorated with cookies, candy canes and other sweets - Mon to Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sun 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. Closed Christmas Day; free. Info & photos of past displays: Duke Energy website

Dec 2

Stamford, CT

Stamford Model Railroad Club 60th Annual Holiday Open House

St. Johns Episcopal Church, corner of Grove & Elm St - one of the greatest layouts in the USA, the club's 45 members have created a museum quality masterpiece (don't miss it if you can make the time) - 1:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm - since 1949 ; $3, kids 6-12 $1, 5 & under free. Info: website

Dec 4 & 5 San Diego, CA

32nd Annual December Nights in Balboa Park & San Diego Model Railroad Museum Free Open House

Museum, Casa de Balboa Bldg, Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado - 5:00 to 9:00 pm - The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors over two days. Entertainment and holiday cheer are all part of this classic San Diego celebration including food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; international choirs, musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and museums including the multi-scale layouts, displays & models including 2-Rail O/On3 Cabrillo & Southwestern Division & O division; free admission to all area museums. Info: Barbara Hultenius 619/696-0199; website and

Dec 4, 5 & 6 Altoona, PA

Altoona Association of Model Railroaders Holiday Open House

12 Ward Civic Ctr (at S 10th Ave & 30th St), O & HO scale layouts, wall-to-wall PRR & railroad memorabilia museum area; Fri 7:00 to 11:00 pm, Sat & Sun 1:00 to 7:00 pm; donation. Info: AAMRR %Dick’s Train Store, 406 N 7th St, Altoona, PA 16601; 814-942-4390, website

Dec 4, 5 & 6 Carlstadt, NJ

New York Society of Model Engineers Holiday Exhibition

341 Hoboken (1 mile from Meadowlands Sports Complex) - HO & 2-Rail O Scale, railroad exhibits & holiday cheer - Fri 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Sat & Sun 1:00 to 6:00 pm; $5, kids $1, under 5 free. Info: Andy Brusgard, 537 Malcolm Rd, Union, NJ 07083; 908-686-4856, website

Dec 4, 5 & 6

North Haledon, NJ

Model Engineers Railroad Club of North Jersey’s 75th Annual Open House

569 High Mountain Rd - Fri 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Sat & Sun 1:00 to 5:00 pm; $5, kids free w/adult (join $10/month, $20 application fee). Info: Paul Harbord 973/427-4905 before 9:00 pm EST; website, Email

Dec 5 Menlo Park, CA

West Bay Model Railroad Association Christmas Train Event

1090 Merrill St - O/HO/S - As in previous years, the club will be open on the evening the CALTRAIN Holiday Train stops at the Menlo Park station. The club is open through the arrival of the train at about 7:25 pm, closes during the stop and reopens after it leaves (scheduled for 7:45 pm) untill 9:00 pm.; free, donations accepted. Info: WBMRR Assn, 1090 Merrill St, Menlo Park CA 94025, 650-322-0685; website

Dec 5

St. Paul, MN

NIGHT TRAINS! at Twin City Model Railroad Museum

1021 Bandana Blvd E - 6:00 to 9:00 pm - Buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The town of Mattlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the layout are miniature Christmas lights and decorations. Returning this year is their Christmas Train covered by hundreds of lights to wish all happy holidays;$7, kids under 5 free, family $20. Info: TCMRM, 1021 Bandana Blvd E Ste 222, St. Paul, MN 55108, 651/647-9628; website

Dec 5 & 6 Aberfoyle, ON Canada

Aberfoyle Junction O Gauge Model Railway's Christmas Display

club quonset hut, 128 Brock Rd - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm - Huge 2-Rail O Scale pike depicting southern Ontario in the late 1950s. Hand built models of both major railways, Canadian National & Canadian Pacific, run on separate rights of way; freight trains are up in terminal yards to be switched along the routes. Lighted passenger cars with full interior detailing recreate the era of the great passenger trains and there are many models of both late steam locomotives and 1st generation diesels, authentically detailed for specific prototypes, providing power to the trains as they run through a completely scenicked layout with fields, rivers, towns, a large city, and part of the Niagara Escarpment. A dusk to dawn scene where the room lighting dims and numerous tiny bulbs light streets and detailed buildings. Wonderful mugs & gift items; $8, seniors & students $6, kids $5. Info: Charles Bard, 109 Maple St, Guelph, ON N1G 2G6, 519/836-2720; website

Dec 5 & 6 Austintown, OH Youngstown Model Railroad Assoc. Annual Open House

Club Building, 751 N Four Mile Run Rd - HO & 2-Rail O Scale layouts 0 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm; $3, kids under 12 free (w/adult). Info: Email or website

Dec 5 & 6 Bethlehem, PA 44th Annual Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers Open House Model Railroad Show & Sale

900 E Macada Rd - 2:00 to 5:00 pm - (HO, O, S) 2 floors of operating train displays, pre-owned trains for sale; $3, students $1, kids under 6 free. Info: 610/395-0752 or website

Dec 5 & 6 Delmar, DE

Delmarva Model Railroad Club Holiday Open House

103 State St - The club has layouts in N, HO, O Tinplate, O Scale, Standard, G scale and N scale modules. Also watch videos & enjoy refreshments - Sat 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sun 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm; donation. Info: 410/742-9325 or 302/856-9250; website

Dec 5 & 6 Holly, MI Detroit Model Railroad Club Holiday Open House

104 N Saginaw St - 12 noon to 5 pm; $4, seniors (65+) $3, kids 5-18 $2, under 5 free. Info: 248/634-5811; website

Dec 5 & 6 Kingston, NY Kingston Model Railrod Club Annual Open House

Kingston Model Railroad Club, Susan St (off Pine Grove Ave, just off Broadway) - 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm - pperating 2-Rail O Scale layout in its original location since 1937! Everything from Steam to modern Diesel; freights, passenger, and a circus train! Downstairs museum with collection of antique electric and toy trains, railroad artifacts, and pictures; $6, kids under 12 $1. Info: club 845/334-8233 (message) or contact Tom Scrivani, club publicity chairman: 570/839-0907 or Email; website

Dec 5 & 6 Mentor, OH

Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum Christmas Open House

7230 Justin Way, Liberty Business Park - Sat 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am to 5:00 pm: trains around the Christmas Tree & Holiday Villages; Live Music by the “Eire Heights Brass Ensemble” 1:00 to 2:00 pm; Santa Claus from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with gifts for kids (Van's Photos there to take pictures with Santa); “Face Painting by Katie” 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm - founded in September 2004, the group has designed displays & layouts to explain model railroading and the history of railroads in America. There are16 different scales on display and operating layouts in N, HO, On3, S, 2-Rail & 3-Rail O Scale (the largest layout is 3-Rail O with three mainlines), O tinplate, Standard, Lego, Brio, and G - ; Free (donations accepted & appreciated). Info: WRMRRM, 7230 Justin Way, Liberty Business Park, Mentor, OH 44060, 440/251-0350; website

Dec 5 & 6 Timonium, MD Greenberg's Toy & Train Show

MD State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd - all scales - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; $7, kids under 12 Free. Info: Greenberg Shows, 120 Easy St Unit 4, Carol Stream IL 60188, 630/279-4087; website

Dec 6

Dover, NJ

Northwest Jersey Christmas Train-O-Rama

Dover High Sschool, 100 Grace St - 9 am to 3 pm; $6 ($5 pre-registered), kids 10 and under $2; table $35. Info: Donald Brill, 39 Sixth St, Dover, NJ 07801, website

Dec 6 Roslindale, MA (Boston area)

Santa Claus Comes to Roslindale, Bay State Model Railroad Museum Annual Holiday Open House

BSMRM, 760 South St - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Santa arrives at 12:00 noon (visit w/Santa at business next door to museum, b.y.o.c.  bring your own camera for photos of the layouts or your kids w/Santa); $5, kids free. Info: J. Morris, BSSME, 760 South St, Roslindale, MA 02131; 617-327-4341, website

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