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  • Sections I & II concern ANNOUNCEMENTS for shows and open houses.
  • Section III lists some LAYOUTS that are open to the public at least once per week.
  • Section IV lists some layouts that are open to the public less than once per week.
  • Section V lists some model RR groups that do not have a permanent layout.
  • Section VI lists some other Phoenix-area model RR resources.
  • Section VII lists some misc. Arizona layouts and club that are OUTSIDE the Phoenix area.

       I. THE YAHOO GROUP  (recent RR announcements)

View [PhxRail] email announcements

  • The above link takes you to the ‘PhxRail’ Yahoo Group Homepage (located at
  • When you get to the Yahoo Group page, you can use the “Conversations” link under the left corner of the photo, to view recent railroad announcements that have been sent.


Warning: * This site EXCLUDES certain shows for unknown reasons
   (example Feb 2017 World’s Greatest Hobby Show).
* The identity of the person running this site is a SECRET.
* They ignore my request to contact me.


  1. Anthem: Daisy Mountain RR  (ride-on train) in the community park,
  2. Apache Junction: Obies Trains, –  Model railroad store, has N gauge layout, plus small HO and O gauge layouts.  CLICK HERE to view several photos in the PhxRail Picasa album.
  3. Apache Junction: Superstition Mountain Museum:  Small 12’x12′ layout in operation, new ’50’ x 60′ layout opened Nov 2016.  Volunteers WantedClick here to view the Youtube video // Click here to view the railroad workers web page, and links to the Picasa photo album  (old announcement page is here)
  4. Chandler: Desert Breeze RR  (ride-on train) in Desert Breeze Park, – Photos at
  5. Fountain Hills: Burlings Ton of Trains,  – Store, no operating layouts, but vast amounts of trains in all gauges to look at.
  6. Gilbert: Freestone RR, in Freestone Park – , photos at  (ride-on train).
  7. Gilbert: Gilbert Model Railroad Club, HO ga. layout – – 3rd Tue is “run night”.
  8. Glendale: Arizona Model Railroading Society‘s N gauge layout, open to public on weekends,  Click Here for photos, and Click Here to read about it.
  9. Glendale: Arizona Model Railroading Society‘s outdoor layout, open to public on weekends,  Click Here for photos, and Click Here to read about it.
  10. Glendale: Sahuaro Central Railroad Heritage Preservation Society & Museum’s indoor layout, open to public on weekends, Several Layout Photos Here, Museum website at .
  11. Glendale: Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park  and Arizona Model Railroading Society –
    and –  Open to public on Sat’s &
    Sun’s.  Includes 1-1/2″ live steam, indoor & outdoor G, HO, and N gauges.
  12. Glendale: Maricopa Live
    -part of Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park.  Has about 14 miles (yes,
    that’s fourteen!) miles of track, open to public on Sundays.
  13. Litchfield Park: Wildlife World Zoo‘s miniature ride-on train – , photos at
  14. Mesa: Arizona Train Depot,,, Model railroad store at 755 East McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ
  15. Mesa: Banner Desert Medical Center:  Arizona Big Train Operators
    permanent indoor display layout inside the Cardon Children’s Medical
    , inside Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa,  Photos at .  You should be able to view this layout 24 hours a day, as it’s in the public part of the hospital.  The 3 trains run when you push a button.
  16. Mesa: Banner Desert Medical Center:   ‘Trains For Kids by Isabelle‘ – – John Macrone’s outdoor largescale layout at Banner Desert Medical Center for the kids.
  17. Mesa: Valle Del Oro:  Garden Railway Club – Youtube Video. This layout is inside the gated Valle Del Oro RV park, but you can
    usually view it on Thursday morning during their “Country Store” hours.  See the Valle Del Oro website events page to confirm.  Click here to view several layout photos.
  18. Phoenix: Enchanted Island Express (ride-on train), in Encanto Park – , photos at
  19. Queen Creek: Schnepf Farms RR at Schnepf Farms (ride-on train), , photos at
  20. Scottsdale: McCormick-Stillman Railroad – 2′ ga. amusement park train, 1-1/2″ live steam, and O, HO, and N gauge layouts.
  21. Scottsdale – Scottsdale Live Steamers – – operates a 7-1/2″ gauge layout.
  22. Scottsdale – Paradise & Pacific – operates a 3-rail O gauge LAYOUT in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
  23. Scottsdale – Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical – operates a HO & HOn3 layout in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
  24. Scottsdale – Sun N Sand NTRAK (in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park).
  25. Glendale: West Valley RR Historical Society – website being built as of 6/2012
  26. Goodyear: Pebble Creek Model Railroad Club,  – Public can see this layout on certain selected ‘run days’, see website for details.
    ** Pebble Creek Model Railroad Club
    ‘s garden layout – – Public can see this layout on certain selected ‘run days’, see website for details.
  27. Mesa: Leisure World Model Railroad Club – Located inside the
    gated 55+ Leisure World community in Mesa.  Currently has an O gauge
    MTH DCS layout with 300 feet of track and 18 turnouts. Plans are also
    underway for a Largescale outdoor layout, and a new O gauge layout.  More info is on the Leisure World page.
  28. Phoenix: Ryan House.  This is a hospice-type care center for terminally-ill children.  (Please note that this layout is normally accessible only to residents and their family.)  They have an Eagle Wings Ironcraft elevated layout in rear patio.  Click Here to view photos in the Picasa web album.  The Ryan House website is
  29. Phoenix: Thunderbird Model RR Club, HO Layout
  30. Sun City:  Sun City Model Railroad ClubRichard Haworth’s narrated Youtube video describes the layout.
  31. Sun City West: Sun City West Model Railroad (not much info).  Richard Haworth’s naratted Youtube video describes the layout.
    ** Outdoor layout apparently to be built; April 2013 article at SCW News
  32. Surprise: Sun City Grand, Outdoor layout at Sun City Grand (don’t have complete information on this).  Richard Haworth’s narrated Youtube video shows this layout in operation.
  33. The “MASTER LIST” of Phoenix model and prototype railroad links is located on Mark Redmond’s “Arizona Rails” links page,  .  Many of the links on this page have been copied from his page.
    • This website an attempt to list some of those model RR clubs in the Phoenix area, organized by location.
  34. Arizona Big Train – meets 3rd Sat round robin at members’ layouts.
  35. Arizona Division of the Pacific Southwest Region of the
  36. Arizona Lego User Group, – Builds temporary Lego display layouts.
  37. Grand Canyon Model Railroaders, – Meets 4th Sat at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in East Phoenix.  (Also other gauges.)
  38. Grand Canyon State Model Railroaders, – HO modular layout.
  39. Ponderosa North Model Railroad Club,  – Round robin group.
  40. Sun Lakes: Short Line Model Railroad Club, building N ga. modules
  41. Train Collectors Association, Desert Division, – Meets 2nd Sat at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in west Phoenix.  (Also other gauges.)
  42. Valley Of The Sun” – Meets usually 1st Sat round robin at members’ layouts.

  43. Sayre Brothers’, Guide to Arizona’s Miniature Railroads  (part of Arizona & Pacific website listed above).
  44. Smallworld Miniature Club of Phoenix –
  45. Flagstaff: Flagstaff MRC,
  46. Prescott: Central Arizona
  47. Prescott: Prescott Valley NTRAK,
  48. Sierra Vista: Cochise & Western MRC,
  49. Show Low: Pine Shadow Largescale Group, layout under construction inside Pine Shadow community.  More details on’s Pine Shadow page
  50. Show Low: Silver Creek Model Railroaders HO Layout in the
    Show Low Historical Society Museum.  Trains run Wednesdays and Saturdays
    from 10 am to 3 pm. More details on’s Silver Creek page
  51. Tuscon: Arizona and Southwest Model Railroad Society, (N ga)
  52. Tuscon: Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum,
  53. Tucson: Southern Arizona Society of Model  (HO)
  54. Tuscon: Tucson Garden Railway
  55. Yuma: Yuma Model   (multi-ga)
  56. Apache Junction, Memory Lane Collectibles: A collectibles store, with several model railroad displays in several scales.  CLICK HERE to view several photos in the PhxRail Picasa album. CLOSED 12/2014.  Planning to reopen in No. Phoenix area.
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