A new attraction outside is the
garden railroad which has two train loops operational.
When this project was approved, there were no expectations that
it would be operational in any way by September 2015, especially
with the tons of earth and rock that had to be moved. Yet
there it is. It is really rough as far as scenery and
growing things are concerned but the potential can be easily
seen. The museum now has another layout that can grow and mature
over the years.
7-1/2" Gauge: Track maintenance is
on-going and various improvements continue to be made at each
The Museum-owned Alco S4, 7 ½” gauge engine has finally been
painted and has been turned over to the sign shop where vinyl
graphics are to be applied. The paint was expertly applied by
Gilbert Lopez, semi-retired owner of Tucson Auto Collision
Center, 2510 W. Wetmore Road, Tucson, AZ who took this project
on personally in his spare time. He seemed to enjoy the
challenge as this is definitely not something he sees every day.
G-Gauge: Two of the three loops of track on the overhead G
gauge layout are operational. The 3rd loop is still being
installed but should be completed soon.
Two O-gauge steam locomotives have been fitted with can motors to
improve reliability on the upper O-gauge loop.
The mountain is complete. The S-gauge layout is operating as it
HO Gauge: There are several on-going projects
being done on the layout including wiring improvements, completion
of the mountain narrow gauge loop, and scenery improvements.
N Gauge: The layout has undergone major changes over the
last two years. Back then, the mountain near the wall was
completely different, with a small loop of track. Complete
leveling of the surface occurred along with other scenery
changes, including two rivers now!
Stop in to
see the new overhead railroad and other on going improvements as
well as all the changes made during the summer break.
A New Layout is in the Wind
The long awaited Outdoor “G” Scale Rail Road (Garden
Railroad) has begun. We are planning to have four (4) lines. One
will be for steam or battery only The others will be electrically
powered tracks so members can bring their trains from home and run
them. The front of the layout will have a brick walkway with a
rock retaining wall similar to the one the 7 ½ railroad team
built. The layout will be elevated two feet or more above the
current ground level. We are also planning to have a mountain,
water fall, river, and several tunnels and trestles. January