About Us and our history

Our Mission: We are a not for profit social club whose theme is N scale model railroading. We enjoy the model train hobby and as a club we are actively participating in it and promoting it. 

Part of  participation is sharing our accomplishments with the community, encouraging public rail crossing safety and railfanning safety along with respect for the railroad property we are observing.

Our History: 

  • Tucson N-Trak, a name that reflects our general compliance with NTRAK Standards, was formed in the early 1990s. In October 2011 we were granted occupancy privileges to 1,100 s.f. of vacant retail space (#55) in the Green Valley Village Shopping Center, Green Valley, AZ.  We continue to operate our layout from this location and take modules, as required, to create layouts at seven annual shows and national shows when they come to Tucson.
  • As with the origin of most model train clubs, previous to this, several like-minded N-Scale enthusiasts got together and ultimately established a formal club called Feather River N Gineer’s, which was later incorporated. We moved from a rental garage to a site on the Davis Montham AFB located here in Tucson.
  • In 2001, the club, incorporated as “Arizona & Southwest Model Railroad Society” was evicted from the Davis Monthan Air Force Base.  While at DMAFB, the layout was operated with both DCC and DC walk-around throttles.
  • In 2002, a new member with experience from the Northern Virginia NTRAK club introduced the club to the NTRAK concept, which was adopted for all future club modules.
  • From 2002 until 2005, a member’s home was the site of the club’s layout, from which modules were set up at shows to include the national 2002 Great American Train Show.
  • From 2005 until 2011, modules were stored in a trailer from which show layouts were created.
  • In 2012, a new member from Philadelphia brought with him 40 NTRAK modules that greatly augmented the number of Green Valley club modules, so as to set up significant layouts at shows without having to remove all the modules from the Green Valley location.
  • From 2011 to present we have enjoyed the use of our space in Green Valley Village Shopping Center, welcoming up to 50 visitors a day during the Wednesday Farmer’s Market and special events.
  • We maintain and upgrade the modules in an effort to make the modules visually interesting and appealing, and to make set up and tear down more efficient. Track work is given constant attention to allow members and visitors trains to run more smoothly.
  • In addition to the Green Valley site, we present displays during events at the AMTRAK station, at the Vail Pride Day and at the Tucson Expo Center during the model train swap meets.