Membership and FAQ

Join Us!

When you are ready to become a member, you can visit one of our Business meetings, which are each month. Membership benefits include use of the club layout in Green Valley, advice from our “experts” and discounts at MicroMark tools supply.  The Business Meeting is a time where the club members get together and talk about events and upcoming issues. This is the best time to introduce new members and fill out paper work. The membership is $25 initiation fee along with $5 dues per month. The Business meeting dates change every now and then but you can check them at the bottom of this page. If you can’t wait, send us a note at

Part year residents are welcome, bring your trains and leave the layout at home.

Tucson Shops

Ace Hardware on 22nd street has designated a large portion of the store to a Train Shop. In fact this Ace Hardware happens to be one of the largest in Arizona. The train shop has been growing every month and they even extended the building to accomodate all the stuff. Ace has a very good selection of stuff, including N scale, HO scale and G. It also has Digitrax, Kato and Atlas track and one of the best scenery supply selections i’ve seen. Its worth the visit.

6959 E 22ND ST
TUCSON, AZ 85710
Phone: (520) 747-9473

If you know of other Tucson area shops we would be glad to know about them

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Phoenix Shops

An Affair With Trains is one of those great train stores that you could spend hours in and still not see or find everything you want.
2615 West Bethany Home Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Phone: (602) 249-3781Obies Trains has a great selection of N Scale train in Apache Junction
2114 Apache Trail #11 (upstairs)
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
Phone:(480) 203-1796If you know of other Phoenix area shops we would be glad to know about them.Phoenix is only 1.5 hours away.

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Tucson Layouts and Clubs

The Gadsden Pacific Divison is the name of the club that operates the model train museum in Tucson. They run two annual swap meets per year, June and January. They have their opening schedule and more info on their website.
GPD WebsiteThe Southern Arizona Society of Model Engineers (SASME), The club’s layout is the Tucson & South Western railroad, nicknamed “The Cactus Route.” It is HO and HOn3 scale, but we don’t limit club activities to just HO. We’ve built several small layouts in N gauge and members have built and operated everything from Nn3 to G gauge. We meet each Wednesday night at the club’s building at about 7:30. The first Wednesday of each month is a business meeting, the last Wednesday is a RailCommand Operations night. The remaining Wednesdays are work nights. The club has other operating sessions as well.
SASME WebsiteOther than those, we really have no other information on clubs and railroad layouts we are aware of. This list will be updated whenever we get word of new appearances.

Do you have extra equipment?

We accept donations of unwanted model train items.
Our Green Valley location occupancy agreement does not allow the purchase/sale of trains; however, donated items will be accepted to help improve the layout and fund club activities. You may contact us at with any specific questions.

Sorry, donations are not tax deductible, but it does get unwanted train items out of the house.

Prototype Railroad Places

The Tucson Historic Depot is located in the heart of Downtown Tucson. The Depot was newly renovated and now has a museum in it, houses the SP #1673 steam locomotive and has a Lunch and Dinner Bistro (Maynard’s) trackside. Visit their website for more info.
Tucson Historic Depot Website

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. My wife and I are back in Green Valley for 3 months. In 2016, Norm took 3 dozen photos of your realistic layout and donated them to you. Norm Brockmeier


    1. Welcome back, we will be open with a different layout Wednesday 9AM-2PM and would be happy if you can drop by. We have a small DC layout now. Ed


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