Phx Area Model RR Clubs

Note: Links to layout PHOTOS are still on the
old site at phxrail.blogspot.com

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMENTS:

  • 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.
  • Please consider the list on this page to be ONLY APPROXIMATE. This page is an attempt to list some of those same clubs in the Phoenix area, organized BY GAUGE (scale).
  • Layouts listed directly BELOW are either public layouts, or
    else “community” layouts that can be viewed by the public at least a few
    times per year.  Layouts listed in the RIGHT sidebar are private layouts.
  • ORGANIZATION: In the following list, “Multiple-gauge”
    layout and clubs are listed first, then listed by largest gauge to
    smallest gauge — 4-3/4 & larger, G gauge, O ga., S ga., HO ga, and N
    ga. A few PRIVATE layouts are listed in the right sidebar.
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  • AA. Model Railroad Show Sites (Phoenix , AZ area)
  1.  Arizona Model Train Show Calendar – ArizonaModelTrains.com
    Note: This site EXCLUDES some shows for whatever reason.
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    BB. Multiple-Gauge Public Layouts (Phoenix area)
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  2. 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 N. Phoenix area.
  3. Apache Junction, Obies TrainsObiesTrains.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.
  4. Phoenix – 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.
  5. Scottsdale – McCormick-Stillman Railroad ParkTheRailroadPark.com – 2′ ga. amusement park train, 1-1/2″ live steam, and O, HO, and N gauge layouts.
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    .CC. 4-3/4″ Ga. & Larger, “Ride On” Layouts (Phoenix area)
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  6. Anthem – Daisy Mountain RR, in the community park – DaisyMountainRailroad.com
  7. Chandler – Desert Breeze RR, in Desert Breeze Park – DesertBreezeRR.com , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/desertbreeze/newdesertbreeze.html
  8. Gilbert – Freestone RR, in Freestone Park – FreeStoneRR.com , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/freestone/freestone.html
  9. Litchfield Park- Wildlife World Zoo‘s miniature train – http://WildlifeWorld.com/attractions/safari.shtml , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/wildlife/wildlife.html
  10. Phoenix – Enchanted Island Express, in Encanto Park – EnchantedIsland.com/rides.php , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/encanto/encanto.html
  11. Phoenix – 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.
  12. Queen Creek – Schnepf Farms RR at Schnepf Farms – SchnepfFarms.com , photos at ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/schnepf/schnepf.html
  13. Scottsdale – Scottsdale Live Steamers – ScottsdaleLiveSteamers.com – operates a 7-1/2″ gauge layout.
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  14. Sayre Brothers’, Guide to Arizona’s Miniature Railroads ArizonaAndPacificRR.com/spot/guide.html  (part of Arizona & Pacific website listed above)
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    DD. G Gauge Public Layouts (& Clubs) (Phoenix area)
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    CLUBS:
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  15. Arizona Big Train Operators –  AzBigTrains.org – meets 3rd Sat round robin at members’ layouts.
  16. Arizona Lego User GroupCactusBrick.com – builds temporary display layouts.
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    LAYOUTS LISTED BY CITY:
  17. Apache Junction, Superstition Mountain Museum:  Small 12’x12′ layout in operation, new ’50’ x 60′ layout under construction.  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 announcment page is here)
  18. Goodyear – 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.  (This layout may be CLOSED)
  21. Mesa, Leisure World:  Garden railroad under construction (not started yet as of June 2013).  Use contact info for their O gauge club.
  22. 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.
  23. Phoenix – Arizona Model Railroading Society‘s outdoor layout, open to public on weekends,  Click Here for photos, and Click Here to read about it.
  24. Pheonix – Ryan House (a hospice-type care center for terminally-ill children).  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
  25. Phoenix – Sahuaro Central Railroad Heritage Preservation Society & Museum’s indoor layout, open to public on weekends, Several Layout Photos Here, Museum website at AdobeMtnDesertRRpark.com .
  26. Sun City West:  Outdoor layout apparently to be built; April 2013 article at SCW News http://scwaz.com/?p=110245
  27. 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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    EE. O Gauge Clubs (Phoenix area)
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  28. Phoenix – Grand Canyon Model Railroaders –  gcmrr.org – meets 4th Sat at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in East Phoenix.  (Also other gauges.)
  29. 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.
  30. Phoenix – Grand Canyon Model Railroaders –  gcmrr.org – meets 4th Sat at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in East Phoenix.  (Also other gauges.)
  31. Phoenix – Train Collectors Association, Desert Division – TcaDd.org – meets 2nd Sat at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in west Phoenix.  (Also other gauges.)
  32. Scottsdale – Paradise & Pacific RRPandPrr.com – operates a 3-rail O gauge LAYOUT in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
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    FF. S
    Gauge Clubs (Phoenix area)
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  33. Valley Of The Sun” S-Gaugers –  sGaugers.com – meets 3rd Sat round robin at members’ layouts
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    GG. HO Gauge Public Layouts (& Clubs) (Phoenix area)
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  34. Arizona Division of the Pacific Southwest Region of the NMRAazdiv-nmra.org
  35. Gilbert – Gilbert Model Railroad Club –  GmrcTrains.com – 3rd Tue is “run night”.
  36. Glendale – West Valley RR Historical Society – website being built as of 6/2012
  37. Goodyear – Pebble Creek Model Railroad Clubpcmrc.org  – Public can see this layout on certain selected ‘run days’, see website for details.
  38. Grand Canyon State Model Railroadersgroups.yahoo.com/group/GCSMR – HO modular layout.
  39. Phoenix – Arizona Model Railroading Society‘s HO gauge layout, open to public on weekends,  Click Here for photos, and Click Here to read about it.
  40. Phoenix – Thunderbird Model RR ClubThunderbirdModelRRclub.com
  41. Ponderosa North Model Railroad ClubArizonaRails.com/pncpage.html  – round robin.
  42. Scottsdale – Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical SocietyScottsdaleMrhs.org – operates a HO & HOn3 layout in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
  43. Sun City –  Sun City Model Railroad Club –  Richard Haworth’s narrated Youtube video describes the layout.
  44. Sun City West – Sun City West Model Railroad Club –  railroad.scwclubs.com (not much info).  Richard Haworth’s naratted Youtube video describes the layout.
  45. Sun Lakes – Short Line Model Railroad Club –  SLmodelRrClub.org
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    HH. N
    Gauge Public Layouts (Phoenix area)
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  46. Phoenix – Arizona Model Railroading Society‘s N gauge layout, open to public on weekends,  Click Here for photos, and Click Here to read about it.
  47. Scottsdale – Sun N Sand NTRAK MRCsun-n-sand.org (in McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park).
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    II. Other Related Groups
    (Phoenix area)
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  48. Smallworld Miniature Club of Phoenix – PhoenixMiniatures.com
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    JJ. Misc Layouts (& Clubs) OUTSIDE of Phoenix Area
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  49. Flagstaff: Flagstaff MRC, flagmrrc.org
  50. Prescott: Central Arizona MRCtrainweb.org/camrrc
  51. Prescott: Prescott Valley NTRAK, ntrak.org/prescott_valley_ntrak.htm
  52. Sierra Vista: Cochise & Western MRC, cwmrrc.site11.com
  53. Show Low: Pine Shadow Largescale Group, layout under construction inside Pine Shadow community.  More details on PhxRail.org’s Pine Shadow page
  54. 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
  55. Tuscon: Arizona and Southwest Model Railroad Society, TucsonNtrak.com (N ga)
  56. Tuscon: Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum, gpdToyTrainMuseum.com
  57. Tucson: Southern Arizona Society of Model Engineerssasme.org  (HO)
  58. Tuscon: Tucson Garden Railway SocietyTucsonGrs.org
  59. Yuma: Yuma Model RailroadersYumaModelRailroaders.org   (multi-ga)
( Previous site is at phxrail.blogspot.com )