The Banning Centennial Train Festival takes place this weekend, October 19th & 20th. Hours are 10:00 to 5:00 Saturday and 10:00 to 4:00 Sunday. The $5.00 admission includes all venues and children 12 and under are FREE! The admission is good for both days and parking is free.

Festival activities will include over 11,000 square feet of operating modular railroads, a children’s train ride, a railroad swap meet, hobby clinics, a model contest with displays, railroad vendor booths, exhibits featuring railroad history, model railroading and current public transit developments.

The bulk of these activities will take place at the Banning Community Center, 789 N. San Gorgonio Avenue. This is six blocks north of the downtown. This is the venue for the exhibitors and vendors, model clinics and some of the modular railroads. The model contest room is a few steps away.

The indoor swap meet runs from 8:00 to 12:00 (Saturday only) at LifePoint Church, 565 N. San Gorgonio Avenue. Thirty-two tables already have been sold.

Across the street from LifePoint Church is the Banning Schools Gym, the second venue for operating modular railroads.

Between the church and the Community Center is Repplier Park, the venue for food vendors and the children’s riding train.

At the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 127 N. San Gorgonio Avenue, Joe Warren will present a historical lecture on “The Impact of Trains on Banning,” on Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. This will cost an additional $5.00 (youth free) and includes dessert.

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Questions? Contact Joe Warren at 951-845-9914.

Bob Chaparro

Banning Centennial Train Festival Committee


Model Railroads of Southern California