The Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum has updated its closure statement. We no longer state a date when the closure might end. The latest statement says we will be closed until further notice. It’s not as bad as it sounds. There will be a further notice … sometime. Until then we remain in the station with the trains waiting patiently nearby.
After conferring with members of the board of directors, GPD President William Nunn issued this statement: “In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we are canceling all events and meetings at the museum for the remainder of the month of March. Work at the museum may continue, but no members of the public will be permitted on the property. At the end of this month we will re-evaluate the situation and take appropriate measures in accordance with other Tucson organizations and the Mayor’s office.”
Way bummed that the #TucsonFestivalofBooks has been canceled. We understand that a third of the authors scheduled have canceled their appearances. Here’s what you would have seen in that booth. Looking forward to next year.
GPD member Doug Potter has found a new puzzle application for iPhone and iPad he wants to share.This graphic game representation of the classic toy train puzzle, Timesaver, is offered in a free “lite” version and a complete version for less than six bucks with 100 increasingly difficult puzzles to solve.
The app’s introduction tells us: “John Allen (1913-1973), a photographer and model railroader, is best known among model railroad enthusiasts for his “Gorre and Daphetid Railroad” (pronounced Gory and Defeated), his attention to detail, and his switching puzzle, Timesaver.A master of scratch-building, model scenery, and weathering his models, he was also known to include humorous scenes on his train layout.
“Playing Timesaver for iOS at the highest level replicates the classic version of John Allen’s game.While hosting operating sessions for Timesaver John Allen would often have a loud clock ticking and taunt players with ‘helpful’ comments .”
Potter says the ticking clock is now digital, but a railroad figure drops in to tease players whenever they make an obvious mistake. You can find John Allen’s Timesaver in the App Store.
The engine pulling the 7 1/2” gauge ride-on train is a real steam locomotive. Hearing that whistle and smelling that coal smoke mean you’re enjoying a little bit of true American transportation history. But be safe! Stay a safe distance from that engine. That boiler is very hot. Have fun, but make sure your kiddos understand touching the little steamer is not a good idea.
Work on the portable layout continues. Inspired by lessons learned at last year’s Tucson Festival of Books, this layout fits nicely into the 10×10 standard booth and offers tracks for two trains to pass back and forth for visitors’ enjoyment.
Open houses in February are the 9th and 23rd—always the second and fourth Sunday’s of the month. We have just two exceptions to that: we have open houses every Sunday in December up until the Sunday just before Christmas, and we have no open houses in June, July and August.