Toy Train Museum
THE GADSDEN-PACIFIC DIVISION TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM, LTD
(New and used railroad paraphernalia)
The GADSDEN-PACIFIC TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM, LTD. (GPD)
is a charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of
model railroading by the collection and operation of toy trains and railroad
memorabilia, as well as preserving prototype railroad history by sponsoring
railroading related activities and events.
Today's Museum started as a private organization of
twenty-five individuals in 1980, and has grown steadily over the years to
over 90 members currently. In 1988, GPD first opened its' doors to the
public with the dedication of its' largest O-Gauge layout in the Foothills
Mall; and thus, the museum began. Since then, the Museum grew to
include G-Scale, Standard Gauge, S-Gauge, HO-Scale, N-Scale, Z-Scale
operational layouts throughout the display area. Visitors operated the
trains and accessories by pushing buttons located with the displays
throughout the museum. The Museum, as it existed in the Foothills Mall,
closed its' doors in August 1997. Construction of the Museum's new,
6000 square foot wholly owned, facility was begun in January 1998, with
building construction completed August 28, 1998. Construction of new
layouts and exhibits has progressed significantly but is not complete.
Our Foothills Mall museum contained a 19' x 35' display
designed to accommodate three rail O-Gauge equipment of all major
manufacturers. It also included an American Flyer S-Gauge layout.
The HO layout was our other major display. The G-Scale and
Standard Gauge were displayed on a "bookshelf" type layout mounted
eight feet above the floor, and running over 200 feet in length around the
display room. The N and Z-Scale were both small layouts.
Our new building has
provided us with the opportunity to have much larger layouts, all at
tabletop level, to give visitors a better view of all trains.
The Museum will contain displays of unique and sometimes rare examples of our hobby and railroadiana as well.
These exhibits change periodically to offer new insights into our hobby with each visit.
One prize piece of railroad memorabilia is the Rio Grande Steel Sided Caboose 01433 which is in excellent condition, and is located just outside the museum.
The Museum's walls are decorated with framed railroad art in the form of photographs, prints, graphic arts, line art, etc.
One wall is decorated to represent an SP Combine Car in Daylite livery of red and orange.
Another wall is being decorated to represent the Hayden Flour Mill Woodside Boxcar produced by Weaver for the Museum.
Recently added are several display cases with more memorabilia, and antique toy trains.
GPD hosts two toy train
shows/swap meets annually, now called the Spring Toy Train Show
(formerly Coyote). And a second Fall meet in November. The Spring meet is held the second Friday &
Saturday in January. The Fall meet is the second Friday & Saturday in November. All are
open to the public and feature model and toy trains as well as prototype
Also, the Museum is again providing special tours for
various community organizations and visitors upon request. To have a tour
the group must have 10 or more persons attending. Contact our Tour Chairman
Jerry Baltus at 520-571-0304
for more information on tours.
The Museum continues to be free to the public. GPD has
and will continue to meet its' financial needs through our special
fundraisers (i.e. ore cars, boxcars,
engines, other special promotional toy
train items), other fundraising events, and donations. All support and
donations are greatly appreciated.
LARGE SCALE RAILROAD:
We are in the process of building
a Large Scale Railroad outside here at the Museum...
We are still recruiting interested people willing to help. (more
Outdoor "G" Railroad:
A New Layout is in the Wind. The long awaited Outdoor “G” Scale Rail Road
(Garden Railroad) has begun. We are planning to have four (4) lines. One
will be for steam or battery only The others will be electrically powered
tracks so members can bring their trains from home and run them. (more
A new attraction outside is the
garden railroad which has two train loops operational.
When this project was approved, there were no expectations that
it would be operational in any way by September 2015, especially
with the tons of earth and rock that had to be moved. Yet
there it is. It is really rough as far as scenery and
growing things are concerned but the potential can be easily
seen. The museum now has another layout that can grow and mature
over the years.
7-1/2" Gauge: Track maintenance is
on-going and various improvements continue to be made at each
The Museum-owned Alco S4, 7 ½” gauge engine has finally been
painted and has been turned over to the sign shop where vinyl
graphics are to be applied. The paint was expertly applied by
Gilbert Lopez, semi-retired owner of Tucson Auto Collision
Center, 2510 W. Wetmore Road, Tucson, AZ who took this project
on personally in his spare time. He seemed to enjoy the
challenge as this is definitely not something he sees every day.
G-Gauge: All three loops of track on the overhead G
gauge layout are operational. Trains are running all over the
Two O-gauge steam locomotives have been fitted with can motors to
improve reliability on the upper O-gauge loop. Antique Standard
Trains are running on the two lower level tracks.
The mountain is complete. The S-gauge layout is operating as it
HO Gauge: There are several on-going projects
being done on the layout including wiring improvements, completion
of the mountain narrow gauge loop, and scenery improvements.
N Gauge: The layout has undergone major changes over the
last two years. Back then, the mountain near the wall was
completely different, with a small loop of track. Complete
leveling of the surface occurred along with other scenery
changes, including two rivers now!
Stop in to
see the new overhead railroad and other on going improvements as
well as all the changes made during the summer break.
When in Tucson stop by and
If the Museum is
not open, contact us for special arrangements.
Open Dates and
The Museum's Answering machine (520) 888-2222
Group Tours (10 or more people)
Call Gerald Baltus 520-571-0304