The Gadsden Pacific Division (GPD) Toy Train Operating Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1985 to provide the public with a museum of various working trains and layouts. It is open to the public and to collectors alike, hosting swap meets and other events for these enthusiasts. It is located in the north of downtown Tucson, accessible by I-10, near exit 254.
Things to Do
- See the exhibits - there are multiple types of trains on exhibits as well as train layouts. They even run the trains for you to enjoy watching. The collectors of these trains design these layouts and tracks for the public to enjoy and learn more about the hobby. As of this writing, the museum is currently installing a larger scale railroad that the little ones can ride in!
- Attend a swap meet or a toy train show - If you or the kids is interested in the hobby and want to buy something, this is the perfect time to see it. You get to see and meet a lot more collectors and see what they have to offer. If you can't attend one, the museum also has a little shop where you can get something train related to remember your visit.
GPD Toy Train Operating Museum Insider Tips
- The museum's entrance fee is free but a donation is graciously accepted.
- Their website offers dollar off coupons on your admission to the swap meets. Grab it and print a copy to save on your trip.
- The museum is only open on second and fourth Sundays of the month. Schedules are posted on their website so plan your trip accordingly, you wouldn't want to go if the place is closed.