In Albuquerque The “Greatest Hobby” — Model Trains — Keeps on Chugging

Growing up, there were two times of the year that involved model trains: Christmas and the New Mexico State Fair.

At Christmas my dad would get out his train set and gingerly we would slide the tracks together underneath the Christmas tree, then assemble the train and power it up. It was a simple set-up, and I loved it.

The set-up at the state fair is anything BUT simple, and we still always go see it. It’s a huge landscape! With towns and mountains and tunnels and roads and long trains, the layout at the state fair is permanent. And there are model train club meetings there every Wednesday night!

Albuquerque’s history with the railroad is deep, and the attachment continues today with several model railroad clubs in and around Albuquerque.

Branded as the World’s Greatest Hobby, building model trains is an art form. Take a look at this amazing Disneyland-themed layout that was on display at the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire:

There is so much more than a train here! There is a lot of imagination, team work, and craft.

In Los Lunas there is an airplane hangar that houses the SouthWest Model Railroad Club’s enormous layout. They have lots of fun photos and videos on their Facebook page.

In Albuquerque the Rio Grande Valley Model Rail Road Club meets every Wednesday at the state fair grounds, in the Manuel Lujan Building. And on the second Saturday of each month the Rio Grande chapter of the National Model Railroad Association has “make & take” projects for kids at the North Domingo Baca Community Center.

Check out one of these clubs; you never know what will spark your ABQ Kid’s creativity!

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