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GADSDEN-PACIFIC DIVISION
TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM

 

Tucson, Arizona

A CHARITABLE, NON-PROFIT IRS 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION
 DEDICATED TO THE HOBBY OF MODEL RAILROADING
 BY PROVIDING THE PUBLIC WITH
 AN INTERACTIVE MUSEUM OF OPERATING TOY TRAIN LAYOUTS AND DISPLAYS.

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Toy Train Museum Information

SPONSORED BY 
THE GADSDEN-PACIFIC DIVISION TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM, LTD 

OPERATING LAYOUTS

GIFT SHOP
(New and used railroad paraphernalia)

PURPOSE:

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.

HISTORY:

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.

STATIC DISPLAYS:

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

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 railroad memorabilia.

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.

MAINTENANCE:

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 info)

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 info)

 

Museum Updates: 

A new attraction outside is the G-Gauge 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 work session.

The Museum-owned Alco S4, 7 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.

Overhead G-Gauge: All three loops of track on the overhead G
gauge layout are operational. Trains are running all over the overhead.

Std/Tin Plate: 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.

S Gauge: The mountain is complete. The S-gauge layout is operating as it should.

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 see us.  
If the Museum is not open, contact us for special arrangements.

Open Dates and Directions: 
The Museum's Answering machine (520) 888-2222

For Special Group Tours (10 or more people) 
Call Gerald Baltus 520-571-0304

Email: Info@gpdToyTrainMuseum.com

 

MUSEUM ADDRESS: 3975 N. MILLER AVE., TUCSON, AZ 85705-2275
MAIL ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 85425, TUCSON, AZ  85754-5425

PHONE: 520-888-2222
(MOST OF THE TIME YOU WILL REACH THE ANSWERING MACHINE)

[Page Published January 17, 2018 ]

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