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Club educates community about Montana's railroad history

Montana Museum of Railroad History
Montana Museum of Railroad History
Posted at 8:08 AM, Jan 01, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-01 10:08:51-05

The Montana Museum of Railroad History (MMRH) at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls hosted a large model railroad "fun run" on Saturday where visitors got the chance to test out their track while also getting to learn about Montana's railroad history.

The museum club members spend several hours each week working on the layout.

“We give tours, partly educational because a lot of the material we have here dates back to actual great northern and such like that, and we're busy working on the layout most of the time,” said Doug Laubach, a museum member for more than 10 years.

Laubach said the MMRH contains two of the largest railroad layouts in the Northwest, as well as a large library collection of informational books on Montana’s railroad history.

Montana Museum of Railroad History
Montana Museum of Railroad History

“Part of it wasn’t done, like, for instance, this whole layout here was just track and then the other end the same thing, so we had a lot of work to do, but I think we're within a few years of getting it pretty much completed, but we're never finished,” said Laubach.

The MMRH mission is to continue to educate people on Montana’s railroad history and the important role that played in the development of the state.

The club meets every Thursday at 7pm and Saturdays from noon to 4pm. To learn more about the MMRH or to become a member, click here to visit the website.