Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum – Tucson, Arizona

train museum.JPGGadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum – Tucson, Arizona

There are 90 members of this organization 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 to share with the public.

O-Gauge, G-Scale, Standard Gauge, S-Gauge, HO-Scale, N-Scale, Z-Scale displays are all set up for the showing of the different styles of model trains at the museum.  The displays are set up at table top level to allow for easy viewing by everyone visiting the museum.

One prize piece of railroad memorabilia is the Centralized Traffic Control console donated by the Southern Pacific Transportation Co.  The walls are covered with pictures of railroad history.

These trains run on 16 different tracks and incorporate all the sizes of model trains for your enjoyment and education.  The whistles blow, the bells ring, the steam engines smoke and the trains travel the paths designed by the members of the museum.

One of the major attractions to the museum is the Rio Grande Steel Sided Caboose that was moved from Arizona City to the museum.

Location: 3975 N. Miller Ave., Tucson, Arizona 85705-2275

Directions: Northwest Tucson, Arizona

From I-10 exit 254 and Prince Road…

  1: Turn (East bound) onto W PRINCE RD., go 0.4 miles

  2: Turn LEFT (NORTH) onto N ROMERO RD., go 0.3 miles

  3: Turn LEFT (WEST) onto W PRICE St., go 0.2 miles

  4: Turn LEFT (SOUTH) onto W MILLER Ave,

        go half block to Museum on RIGHT (WEST)

Phone: 520-888-2222 (you will get an answering machine most of the time so leave a message.)

GPD hosts two toy train shows/swap meets annually, now called the Winter Toy Train (formerly Coyote) and Summer Toy Train (formerly Roadrunner) Shows.  The Winter meet is usually held the third Saturday in January.  The Summer meet is held the first Saturday in June.  Both 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 Ray Mason at 520-790-0337 for more information on tours.

Hours: the second and fourth Sundays of the month and two Saturdays in December from 12:30PM to 4:30PM.  There are special events held throughout the year so contact them to see if when you are visiting the museum will be open.  If the Museum is not open, contact the Publicity Chairman Ivan English at 520-881-2050 for special arrangements.

Email: IEnglish@aol.com