Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pictures of the 10th annual Randolph Railroad Days

On March 28th & 29th the Randolph Area Historical Society held it's 10th annual Randolph Railroad Days .  The event was held at the Randolph school, museum, and railroad yards.  There were also several new Railroad presentations including new slide shows and and history talks. And the tours to the new Progressive Rail serviced $24 Million dollars grain facility were kept busy.

This year the Gandy Dancers club joined us for the first time.  The Gandy Dancers are a senior oriented group that takes it's name from early railroad workers that manually maintained track.  They set-up a model train at the Randolph show that lets kids control it by a remote control they could hold in their hand!

The Far North Rail club came down all the way from Thunder Bay Ontario Canada and set-up a 70 foot long N-scale layout.

Progressive Rail brought an engine for visitors to explore.

Engineer Paul of the Choo Choo Bob show returned to do several railroad song and story shows that entertained numerous families.

The Great Valley River System club set-up two layouts, one of which included train that ran through an ant farm!

Hallways and a gymnasium full of trains for sale!

The Rambling River model railroad Club of Farmington set up a huge loop of several Lionel trains with lots of action, buildings, and scenery.

Pictured below from left to right are members of the Rambling River model railroad Club:  Perry Carlson, Jerry Perry, Georg Ficsher, Conrad Adelmann (knelling), Harold Murphy, Dave Mathison, Dave McMillen, Dale Ferguson. Not pictured: Charlie Weber, Joe Weber, Gerry Mattson, Steve Widmer, Warren Johnson, Carol Ficsher and Megan McMillen

The Rambling River model railroad Club (RRC) is an "O" scale model railroad club based in an old police station on the west side of the Farmington Rambling River Senior Center (trains go in and out of one of the old jail cells).  The mission of the RRC is to share in the hobby, history, fun & experiences of model railroading with those young & old. The goal of the RRC is to help those interested in getting started in the model railroading hobby, providing assistance to those who are currently modeling, building and operating model railroad layouts. Those interests are shared with the public at events throughout the year including the Dakota County Fair, Farmington Dew Days, Rambling River Center's Holiday Trains and Treats program (the first Saturday after Thanksgiving), Dakota Village's Christmas program (the first and second weekends in December), Randolph Railroad Days, and Choo Choo Bob's annual spring show in Eagan.

The RRC is very informal and always open for new members or for those who just want to stop by for a peek at what model railroading is all about. The monthly meeting is held on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm.  The address of the Rambling River Center is 325 Oak St. Farmington, MN 55024.  More information can be obtained by calling the Rambling River Center at 651-280-6973 or you can email David McMillen at  The RRC is also available to run for children's birthday parties (please call David McMillen at 651-463-3629 for details).

That's just a few of the attractions at this year's Randolph Railroad Days.  The dates for next Randolph Railroad Days (the 11th annual!) are yet to be determined, but should be in March or April of 2016.  For updates (or to get on the e-mail update list) contact Will at

Will Grovender
Randolph Area Historical Society

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