The Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum started as a private organization of twenty-five individuals in 1980, and has grown steadily over the years to over 90 members currently. In 1988, GPD first opened its' doors to the public with the dedication of its' largest O-Gauge layout in the Foothills Mall; and thus, the museum began. Since then, the Museum grew to include G-Scale, Standard Gauge, S-Gauge, HO-Scale, N-Scale, Z-Scale operational layouts throughout the display area. Visitors operated the trains and accessories by pushing buttons located with the displays throughout the museum. The Museum, as it existed in the Foothills Mall, closed its' doors in August 1997. Construction of the Museum's new, 6000 square foot wholly owned, facility was begun in January 1998, with building construction completed August 28, 1998. Construction of new layouts and exhibits has progressed significantly but is not complete.
Our Foothills Mall museum contained a 19' x 35' display designed to accommodate three rail O-Gauge equipment of all major manufacturers. It also included an American Flyer S-Gauge layout. The HO layout was our other major display. The G-Scale and Standard Gauge were displayed on a "bookshelf" type layout mounted eight feet above the floor, and running over 200 feet in length around the display room. The N and Z-Scale were both small layouts.Our new building has provided us with the opportunity to have much larger layouts, all at tabletop level, to give visitors a better view of all trains.
The G P D Toy Train Museum is a charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of model railroading by the collection and operation of toy trains and railroad memorabilia, as well as preserving prototype railroad history by sponsoring railroading related activities and events.
The Museum will contain displays of unique and sometimes rare examples of our hobby and railroadiana as well. These exhibits change periodically to offer new insights into our hobby with each visit. One prize piece of railroad memorabilia is the Rio Grande Steel Sided Caboose 01433 which is in excellent condition, and is located just outside the museum.The Museum's walls are decorated with framed railroad art in the form of photographs, prints, graphic arts, line art, etc. One wall is decorated to represent an SP Combine Car in Daylite livery of red and orange. Another wall is being decorated to represent the Hayden Flour Mill Woodside Boxcar produced by Weaver for the Museum. Recently added are several display cases with more memorabilia, and antique toy trains.