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.
You can find more videos of the track here including one featuring the California Zephyr.

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Joining the Club

The GGMRC is actively seeking new members. We have membership programs for adults, for high schoolers, and for families with smaller children.

Dues are $30 per quarter for adults with a $30 initiation fee. Under the age of 18 dues are half that amount.

Click here for information on adult membership.

Click here for information on  memberships for high schoolers and families with children between 8 and 13.

Click here for a membership application.

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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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Museum Working to Save the Train!

We have had two very positive meetings with the Randall Museum and the Parks & Rec. Department to discuss how to Save the Train! The meeting last week included Phil Ginsburg, General Manager. He gave his commitment to work toward Saving the Train!. The meeting this week was a working level meeting. Click here to see a letter that was jointly issued by the GGMRC and the Randall Museum that describes how we are both working to Save the Train! In this weeks meeting they said that the Museum met with the San Francisco Building Department twice. The first time had a very negative result that would lose the train. After the GGMRC researched the codes and found exceptions that would let us stay, the Building Department became much more positive. A third meeting is scheduled between the Museum and the Building Department for the end of May. The Museum expects to get a definitive ruling in that meeting. This means that we should know if we will be able to Save the Train! in early June. We will publish a progress report then. Click here for more information on our campaign to Save the Train!

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Digital Controls Now Here!

After working on it for the last year, we have completed the conversion and are now running DCC regularly. We will run DCC trains on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings.

Come by and take a look. We would love to have you join us.

Thank you all for your support! This will help us to make running trains on the layout more interesting for us and for you. We will be able to run more trains on the layout at the same time and to run them closer together.

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Thanks for your help!

DCC Thermometer 6aWe have exceeded our goal of raising $2,500 to support the conversion of our layout to use the latest digital control system. As of our business meeting in November we had raised more that $2,600. Many thanks to everybody who helped us.

This upgrade will allow us to run more trains on the layout at one time and take advantage of the the sounds and controls that are available on the latest locomotives. This will make running trains more interesting and more realistic.

Our layout was originally designed and built more than 50 years ago. It has proved to be very flexible and has stood the test of time well. However, we have decided to adopt the new digital technologies that are now available.

This upgrade went well beyond what the club had been able to raise on a regular basis to maintain and operate the layout. We need your help to accomplish this upgrade.

We will appreciate your future donations that will help us to continue to improve our layout. Even a dollar or two would help. You can send your donation to:

GGMRC Modernization Fund
P.O. Box 14933
San Francisco CA 94114

Thank you for your support!

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Repairs to the Layout.

Over the past several months the members of the Golden Gate Model Railroad club have worked to fix many things that had become broken and needed repair. These repairs allow us to run more trains and help create a better viewing experience for the public. The repairs are made possible via funding from public donations. Below is a picture of the recently repaired and now operable roundhouse and turntable.


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Ringing in the New Year

It is now 2013 and the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club is eager to begin a new year with changes, updates, and improvements.  You may have noticed small changes to the layout including platform lighting at Union Station, animated house fire scene, operating crossing signals, and replacement of the trestle bridge at the peak of the mountain during the past year.  This year promises to bring more animation and layout upgrades to train operations, scenery, and visible signals.  These new additions and repairs are made possible by the GGMRC membership and public donations.  Stay tuned for updates and news!

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Look, Listen, Live

Each year, many lives are lost on the railroad tracks both by accidents and suicides.  Operation Lifesaver works with both the railroads and nearby communities to promote awareness and safety around trains and the railroad right-of-way.  The next time you’re around railroad tracks, look, listen, and live.


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