Museum Closing

The Randall Museum will be closing for renovations on June 1, 2015.  This means that that you will not be able to visit the GGMRC’s train layout after that date until after the Museum reopens some time in 2017. The last Operating Session open to the public will be on Saturday, May 30.  Please come by and see us one last time!

Our last Junior Engineer Day was on May 16, and many children came and had a last chance to run a train with us.

We are planning to reopen in 2017 with the layout updated and improved.  We are working with the Museum to provide access the layout any time that the Museum is open and not just on Saturdays.

Keep watch on this web site for further news.

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4-8-4 Niagara NYC #6019

In this video, the club’s engine #6019, a 4-8-4 Niagara steam engine from New York Central travels around the Golden Gate Model Railroad’s layout after picking up passengers at the main train station:

You can find more videos on the club’s YouTube channel.

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GGMRC YouTube Channel

Click here to access the new YouTube channel the we have created to feature videos of our layout.

Click here to see the club’s Google+ page.

You can also find these links in the sidebar to the right.

This play list has all the club’s videos:

and here are some more videos posted by the club members:

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Video mix: SD70ACe, GEVO, NYC EMD E8

Here’s a video showing various engines running during members’ hours. This one features an EMD SD70ACe, a GEVO consist and a New York Central EMD E8.

You can find more videos of the GGMRC track here.

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Control Panels and Cab Ride

I got nice feedback on the previous layout map video so I decided to reuse the same track footage but this time I overlaid the control panels from the GGMRC layout. The club has many control panels around the layout — some for the mountain part, some for the various yards. They are great old fashioned wood panels. In the video I tried to highlight the turnout switches and the track blocks to match the cab ride on the main line.

You can find more videos of the GGMRC track here.

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Layout Map and Cab Ride

Here’s a video showing at the same time a map of the GGMRC layout and a cab ride from the mainline.
It does help to put all the turnouts in perspective and understand the various sidings! The camera was mounted on the front of GM70, an EMD SD70ACe.

You can find more videos of the GGMRC track here.

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Video mix: SD70ACe, ES44AC, 2-12-0 and RS-3 engines

Here’s a video showing various engines running during member hours — featuring an EMD SD70ACe, a GE ES44AC, a 2-12-0 steam engine and an Alco RS-3 consist:

You can find more videos of the GGMRC track here.

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Member’s Rio Grande 2-8-8-2

Here’s a video featuring a member’s D&RGW Rio Grande 2-8-8-2 #3502-L107 engine pulling an UP heavyweight passenger cars with yellow/grey paint scheme:

This video also features a nice view of the complete track, including all the tunnels. The lighted cars look really nice in the tunnels!

You can find more videos of the GGMRC track here.

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Ride Around the Track

One of our members created a nice video of a cab ride around the main line of the layout. Take a look and see what it is like to ride around the layout:

And here’s the California Zephyr on the track:

You can find more videos of the track here.

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Good News!

We have just heard from the Randall Museum that the building department has given verbal approval to keep the train room and layout as they are. This does need to be confirmed in writing.

It appears that our layout will survive the Museum’s renovation that will start next year. It also means that the work that we have started to define a formal relationship with the Museum and to make the layout available to the public whenever the Museum is open can now go forward. We will also be trying to meet the Museum’s request by modifying the layout to create a new interactive element that let kids run a train when no club members are present.

This is a solid step in the right direction that we think will lead to a better experience for everybody. We will make further posts as this work progresses.

Click here for more information on our campaign to Save the Train!

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