Gilbert Model Railroad Club History & Meeting Times


The Gilbert Model Railroad Club was started by a nucleus of modelers from a former home based layout in Tempe, AZ. 

Working through mutual contacts, this group and key leadership at the Gilbert Historical Museum launched the concept of a

functional layout in the basement of the museum with Gilbert as the key focal point and diorama.


From this beginning, the GMRC was able to establish a long term agreement with the HD South (Gilbert Historical Museum) and develop both the club and the layout simultaneously. 

Access to the club area and the layout are achieved through the exterior museum entrance from the parking lot of the north side of the museum, shown in the following pictures.

museum  entranceentry steps


The viewing area has been designed to resemble the interior of a

passenger car with curved ceiling and

utilizes window frames from a Southern Pacific coach, donated by the Arizona Railway Museum of Chandler, AZ.

veiw area

During normal museum hours (Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM), the public can view the layout and operate the display running the trains through Gilbert diorama. The layout is usually staffed by club members on Saturdays from 10-1.

On key occasions (Memorial Day, Gilbert Days, other special days) the club is open and staffed.

When the layout is staffed, club members are available to discuss the layout and Arizona rail history in detail.


Members of the GMRC meet at the museum on most Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7 and 10 PM.  Anyone interested in railroading or possible membership is welcome to join us at these times. The club is normally closed during holiday season.

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