GMRC Layout


The basement area utilized for the layout was previously used as a music room, during the time this building housed a Gilbert school; and more recently as the Gilbert Historical Museum Thrift Store.


While significant demolition and rebuilding were required, the final design allows public viewing with automated operation

and sufficient room for club members to participate in full rail operating sessions.


The final layout design includes two levels including a portion of the Santa Fe from Phoenix to Drake

as well as the Southern Pacific supporting Phoenix and the surrounding area.

A time frame of the mid-50s was selected to allow both steam and early diesel engines to operate.

The industries of the area are depicted as close as possible to the mid-50s period.

Areas modeled are:

  Southern Pacific

       Santa Fe    

Gilbert (downtown and rural)
Phoenix ATSF Rail Yard (Mobest)
Williams Air Force Base Glendale
Queen Creek Wickenberg
Magma/Superior Mining area Prescott & Rail Yard


Red Rock Cement & Power Plant
Picacho Rail Yard
Poston / Sacaton  
Chandler / Kyrene
Phoenix - Power Plant/Tovrea Stock Yards/Industrial
Phoenix - Union Station / Downtown
Phoenix SP Rail Yard


General Information

Overall construction of the layout utilizes pre-fabricated modules built on 8 foot lengths to provide flexibility of design.

gilbert rail

In order to move between levels, two helixes have been built into the layout.

no helix

At this time, track has been laid for most of the layout, except for the Magma/Superior Mining section which is under development.

The following diagrams show how the overall layout will look when complete.


Lower Level                                                                 Upper Level

lower level jpegupper level jpeg


Layout Logical Drawing


Layout Line Diagram



Refer to 'Photos' tab above to see ongoing updates as the layout develops.

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