Gilbert Model Railroad Club (GMRC)
The layout includes parts of the SP (Southern Pacific) and the SF (Santa Fe) railroads. Modeled areas include Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Wickenburg, Prescott and more.
There are yards in Phoenix for both SF and SP plus a yard in Picacho and a yard in Mesa.
Most of the layout is double-decked with two helixes at the north and south extremes.
GMRC is a club of railroad enthusiasts who are modeling (HO Scale) middle Arizona during the mid 50’s era.
Our layout is located in the basement of the HD South, (Gilbert Historical Museum) and
includes part of the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe railroads serving Arizona.
Key focus areas include Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding area; Phoenix rail yards, passenger service and notable industries;
Arizona mines serviced by the Southern Pacific and other surrounding communities including, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler.
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.
The basement entrance is on the north side of the building along Eliot road just west of Gilbert Rd.
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.