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Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum


As many as 13 trains can run at the Gadsden-Pacific at one time.

The Gadsden-Pacific Toy Train Museum is well worth a trip to see its new home on Miller Avenue. Larger layouts mean visitors can get a better view of the collection, which includes numerous model trains running on five platforms. Repeat attendees can also appreciate the ever-changing exhibits, which are altered regularly to provide a different viewpoint of the hobby.

Of course, new visitors can expect to appreciate Tucson's only model railroad museum even more. What child isn't enthralled by miniature trains? Even if you're not a enthusiast, the train memorabilia that can be seen throughout the museum will try to convert you.

Today's Toy Train Museum started as a private organization of twenty-five individuals in 1980, and has grown steadily over the years to over 80 members currently. In 1988, GPD first opened its' doors to the public with the dedication of its' largest O-Gauge layout 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 operate the trains and accessories by pushing buttons located with the displays throughout the museum.

The Toy Train Museum contains a display designed to accommodate three rail O-Gauge equipment of all major manufacturers. It also includes an American Flyer S-Gauge layout. The HO layout is the major display. The G-Scale and Standard Gauge are 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 are included layouts.

The Toy Train Museum contains displays of unique and sometimes rare examples of the hobby and railroadiana as well. These exhibits change periodically to offer new insights into the hobby with each visit. The prize piece of railroad memorabilia is the Centralized Traffic Control console donated by the Southern Pacific Transportation Co. The Toy Train Museum's walls are decorated with framed railroad art in the form of photographs, prints, graphic arts and line art. 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 Gadsden-Pacific Toy Train Museum.

It may take some careful planning to visit the museum due to its irregular hours. The museum does not have regular hours and admission is always free to visit the Gadsden-Pacific museum, but donations are welcome.

Directions from the intersection of North Romero and West Roger Roads, go north to Price Street and turn left (west). Go two blocks to Miller Avenue and the museum is across the street at 3975 North Miller Avenue.

For more information: 520-888-2222






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