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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 Tunnel

 

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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. (GPDTTOM) is a charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of model railroading by the collection and operation of toy and model trains and railroad memorabilia. The organization also serves to preserve 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 130 members. In 1988, the GPDTTOM first opened its doors to the public with the dedication of its O-Gauge layout in the Foothills Mall. Since then the Museum has grown to include G-Gauge, Standard Gauge, S-Gauge, HO Gauge, N-Gauge, Z-Gauge operational layouts throughout the display area. Visitors may operate the trains and accessories throughout the museum by pushing buttons located with the displays. The Museum, 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 on August 28, 1998. Construction of new layouts and exhibits has progressed significantly ever since.

The Foothills Mall museum contained a 19' x 35' display that was designed to accommodate three rail O-Gauge equipment of all manufacturers. It also included an American Flyer S-Gauge layout. The HO-Gauge layout was the other major display. The G-Gauge and Standard Gauge layouts were displayed on a "bookshelf" type layout which was mounted eight feet above the floor and ran over 200 feet in length around the display room. The N-Gauge was a smaller layout in the corner.

Our new building has provided us with the opportunity to have much larger layouts of all the popular model railroading scales all at tabletop level to give visitors a better view of all trains.

STATIC DISPLAYS:

The Museum contains displays of unique and sometimes rare examples of our hobby and railroad memorabilia as well. These exhibits change periodically to offer new insights into our hobby with each visit. One prized 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 a Southern Pacific combine car in Southern Pacific’s Daylight livery of red and orange. Another wall is being decorated to represent a Hayden Flour Mill wood-sided boxcar which was also produced as an O-Gauge model by the Weaver Manufacturing Company for the Museum. Numerous display cases line one wall 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 and a second Fall meet in November. The Spring meet is held on the second Friday & Saturday in January. The Fall meet is held on the second Friday and Saturday in November. Both are open to the public and features sales model and toy trains as well as prototype railroad memorabilia.

The Museum provides special tours for various community organizations and visitors upon request. To have a tour, the group must have 10 or more persons wishing to attend. Contact our Tour Chairman Jeff Swanson at 520-310-1392, jaguarpeak@hotmail.com, for more information on tours.

One of the newer features is that the museum hosts children’s birthday parties at no charge. Again, contact Jeff Swanson for details.

MAINTENANCE:

The Museum continues to be free to the public. GPDTTOM has and will continue to meet its financial needs through donations and revenue from the in-house gift shop. All support and donations are greatly appreciated.

LARGE SCALE RAILROAD:

The Large scale, 7 1/2 gauge railroad is running and circumvents the museum property. Rides are provided to visitors at no charge. Kids of all ages are welcome to ride.

Outdoor "G" Railroad:

Progress on the Outdoor “G” Gauge Railroad, known as a Garden Railroad is progressing nicely. There are four lines currently operating. A fifth will be available for battery operated trains. Members can bring their personal trains from home and operate them on the layout.

 

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: The overhead G Gauge system now includes a free running trolley layout which spans the majority of the building. Two independent interurbans will carry the 'little folk' from the gift shop to the display cases.

Std/Tin Plate:  The Standard Gauge layout has undergone a significant modification, making it easier for kids to see the trains, and improving the entrance to the building. A new automated trolley has been installed, and most of the track plan redesigned.  Antique Standard Trains are running on the two lower level tracks.

S Gauge: The mountain is complete and a new mine train is being constructed. The track supports are restored Erector set pieces with concrete bases. A nice display of American Flyer trains.

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
Email: Info@gpdToyTrainMuseum.com

For Special Group Tours (10 or more people) 
Call Jeff Swanson at 520-310-1392
or email to JaguarPeak@hotmail.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)

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