The GPD’s new portable layout, designed and built in 2019, makes its belated debut May 8th at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum’s Train Day. Board Secretary Doug Potter will run trains and tell visitors about the Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Operating Museum’s new attractions coming with the museum’s re-opening September 5th.
The Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Operating Museum Board of Directors, meeting February 17th, reached consensus on a new plan for future train show/swap meets. The annual two half-day events normally held at the Tucson Expo Center will move to the museum’s parking lot for Saturday-only exhibits and vendor sales.
Two more developments from the January Board of Directors meeting were decisions to charge admission to the museum and to expand the gift shop and build a new standard gauge/tinplate/pre-war layout in a new home at the west end of the building.
Beginning with the Sunday, September 5th opening, admission will be $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family. Visitors will be able to purchase a $40 annual pass.
The new pre-WWII tinplate standard gauge layout will replace the Thomas, the Train layout and the Brio trolley car layout at the west end of the main room. The trolley Brio kids’ trains will move to the new, expanded gift and hobby shop. Trivia bonus: that trolley was the original gift shop at our Foothills Mall location back in the 80’s.
During their January 20th Board meeting, directors voted to hold our open houses starting in September every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00: more days, shorter hours. We’ll have an expanded gift and hobby shop, too for budding and experienced model railroaders. We’ll be back … big time!
Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Operating Museum is now open … online only. You can “walk” through the grounds, “tour” the museum, “climb”into the caboose, even “climb” up into the cupola! You can “walk” around the outdoor garden G scale layout and all around and through the museum interior. Just click here for our Virtual Tour page.
Gadsden Pacific moves to Zoom teleconferencing for informal meetings—our bylaws dictate formal meetings must be in person—with a training session Wednesday, April 29th and a general gathering Friday May 1st, both at 7:00 P.M. Board President Bill Nunn hopes these sessions will ease the disconnectedness many active members are experiencing, derailed from their favorite social and hobby gathering place.