Hidden Gems in Augusta: Augusta Model Railroad Club


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Rating: 5/5 Dales


Located at 519 School Street, the Augusta Model Railroad Club (AMRRC) is a must-see in Augusta. In July 2001, the club relocated to the former fire station from Wichita. Loosely based on the BNSF Emporia Subdivision, the models are intricate and enjoyable to view.

Throughout the display room, Emporia, Matfield Green, El Dorado, Augusta, and Wichita are separated throughout different sections. The old-time downtown Augusta area is nostalgic and has an immense amount of character. Visitors will recognize familiar sights such as the train station and downtown sights, or learn about landmarks from the past that no longer exist.

According to Richard Kennedy, AMRRC President, the club was founded 51 years ago in 1970. In 2020, members celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the Augusta location. Each Thursday evening the club is open to the public for viewing from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The members of the club are friendly, and give a warm welcome as visitors enter. Seeing the town from this point of view is an eye-opening experience that gives a different perspective on the community.

People interested in visiting the Augusta Model Railroad Club can contact Kennedy at [email protected] or visit augustamodelrrclub.org for more information.

The Augusta Model Railroad is an outstanding and entertaining experience that puts a new perspective on Augusta and surrounding areas.