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ORGANIZATION OF THIS PAGE:

  • 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 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PhxRail).
  • 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.

II. ARIZONA MODEL TRAIN SHOW CALENDAR

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.

III. CLUBS, PARKS, & STORES VIEWABLE AT LEAST 1 DAY PER WEEK:

  1. Anthem: Daisy Mountain RR  (ride-on train) in the community park, DaisyMountainRailroad.com
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  2. Apache Junction: Obies Trains, ObiesTrains.com –  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.
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  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)
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  4. Chandler: Desert Breeze RR  (ride-on train) in Desert Breeze Park, DesertBreezeRR.com – Photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/desertbreeze/newdesertbreeze.html
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  5. Fountain Hills: Burlings Ton of Trains, TonOfTrains.com  – Store, no operating layouts, but vast amounts of trains in all gauges to look at.
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  6. Gilbert: Freestone RR, in Freestone Park – FreeStoneRR.com , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/freestone/freestone.html  (ride-on train).
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  7. Gilbert: Gilbert Model Railroad Club, HO ga. layout –  GmrcTrains.com – 3rd Tue is “run night”.
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  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 AdobeMtnDesertRRpark.com .
  11. Glendale: Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park  and Arizona Model Railroading Society –  AzModelRR.com
    and AdobeMtnDesertRRpark.com –  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 SteamersMaricopaLiveSteamers.com
    -part of Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park.  Has about 14 miles (yes,
    that’s fourteen!) miles of track, open to public on Sundays.
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  13. Litchfield Park: Wildlife World Zoo‘s miniature ride-on train – http://WildlifeWorld.com/attractions/safari.shtml , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/wildlife/wildlife.html
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  14. Mesa: Arizona Train Depot, http://www.arizonatraindepot.com, https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaTrainDepot, Model railroad store at 755 East McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ
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  15. Mesa: Banner Desert Medical Center:  Arizona Big Train Operators
    permanent indoor display layout inside the Cardon Children’s Medical
    Center
    , inside Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa,  Photos at AzBigTrains.org/cardonrailroad.html .  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.
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  16. Mesa: Banner Desert Medical Center:   ‘Trains For Kids by Isabelle‘ –  TrainsByIsabelle.blogspot.com – John Macrone’s outdoor largescale layout at Banner Desert Medical Center for the kids.
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  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.
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  18. Phoenix: Enchanted Island Express (ride-on train), in Encanto Park – EnchantedIsland.com/rides.php , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/encanto/encanto.html
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  19. Queen Creek: Schnepf Farms RR at Schnepf Farms (ride-on train), SchnepfFarms.com , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/schnepf/schnepf.html
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  20. Scottsdale: McCormick-Stillman Railroad ParkTheRailroadPark.com – 2′ ga. amusement park train, 1-1/2″ live steam, and O, HO, and N gauge layouts.
  21. Scottsdale – Scottsdale Live Steamers – ScottsdaleLiveSteamers.com – operates a 7-1/2″ gauge layout.
  22. Scottsdale – Paradise & Pacific RRPandPrr.com – operates a 3-rail O gauge LAYOUT in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
  23. Scottsdale – Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical SocietyScottsdaleMrhs.org – operates a HO & HOn3 layout in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
  24. Scottsdale – Sun N Sand NTRAK MRCsun-n-sand.org (in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park).
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    IV. GROUPS W/LAYOUTS, VIEWABLE LESS THAN 1 DAY PER WEEK::
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  25. Glendale: West Valley RR Historical Society – website being built as of 6/2012
  26. Goodyear: Pebble Creek Model Railroad Club, pcmrc.org  – Public can see this layout on certain selected ‘run days’, see website for details.
    ** Pebble Creek Model Railroad Club
    ‘s garden layout – pcmrc.org/garden – 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 PhxRail.org 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 PhxRail.org Picasa web album.  The Ryan House website is RyanHouse.org
  29. Phoenix: Thunderbird Model RR Club, HO Layout ThunderbirdModelRRclub.com
  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 Clubrailroad.scwclubs.com (not much info).  Richard Haworth’s naratted Youtube video describes the layout.
    ** Outdoor layout apparently to be built; April 2013 article at SCW News http://scwaz.com/?p=110245
  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.
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    V. PHX-AREA MODEL RR GROUPS –  WITHOUT A PERMANENT LAYOUT:
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  33. The “MASTER LIST” of Phoenix model and prototype railroad links is located on Mark Redmond’s “Arizona Rails” links page,  ArizonaRails.com/az_rail_links.html  .  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.
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  34. Arizona Big Train OperatorsAzBigTrains.org – meets 3rd Sat round robin at members’ layouts.
  35. Arizona Division of the Pacific Southwest Region of the NMRAazdiv-nmra.org
  36. Arizona Lego User Group, CactusBrick.com – Builds temporary Lego display layouts.
  37. Grand Canyon Model Railroaders,  gcmrr.org – Meets 4th Sat at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in East Phoenix.  (Also other gauges.)
  38. Grand Canyon State Model Railroaders, groups.yahoo.com/group/GCSMR – HO modular layout.
  39. Ponderosa North Model Railroad Club, ArizonaRails.com/pncpage.html  – Round robin group.
  40. Sun Lakes: Short Line Model Railroad Club, building N ga. modules  SLmodelRrClub.org
  41. Train Collectors Association, Desert Division, TcaDd.org – Meets 2nd Sat at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in west Phoenix.  (Also other gauges.)
  42. Valley Of The Sun” S-GaugerssGaugers.com – Meets usually 1st Sat round robin at members’ layouts.
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    VI. OTHER PHX-AREA MODEL RR RESOURCES:

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  43. Sayre Brothers’, Guide to Arizona’s Miniature Railroads ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/guide.html  (part of Arizona & Pacific website listed above).
  44. Smallworld Miniature Club of Phoenix – PhoenixMiniatures.com
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    VII. MISC ARIZONA LAYOUTS AND CLUBS, OUTSIDE THE PHOENIX AREA
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  45. Flagstaff: Flagstaff MRC, flagmrrc.org
  46. Prescott: Central Arizona MRCtrainweb.org/camrrc
  47. Prescott: Prescott Valley NTRAK, ntrak.org/prescott_valley_ntrak.htm
  48. Sierra Vista: Cochise & Western MRC, cwmrrc.site11.com
  49. Show Low: Pine Shadow Largescale Group, layout under construction inside Pine Shadow community.  More details on PhxRail.org’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 PhxRail.org’s Silver Creek page
  51. Tuscon: Arizona and Southwest Model Railroad Society, TucsonNtrak.com (N ga)
  52. Tuscon: Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum, gpdToyTrainMuseum.com
  53. Tucson: Southern Arizona Society of Model Engineerssasme.org  (HO)
  54. Tuscon: Tucson Garden Railway SocietyTucsonGrs.org
  55. Yuma: Yuma Model RailroadersYumaModelRailroaders.org   (multi-ga)
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    VIII. CLOSED STORES & DISCONTINUED RAILROADS
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  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.
(Archive: old site is at PhxRail.blogspot.com) (PhxRail.wordpress.com)
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