We have had over a one hundred people sign our petition to Save the Train! in the last week. This is a great response! We appreciate the strong support we are getting to help us convince the Randall Museum to keep our train layout intact through its major renovation next year.

The Museum has told us that we need to demolish our layout and remove it by the end of this year. We will not be able to replace it so this would be a tremendous loss for the children who visit us every Saturday.

We have been getting strong comments supporting the layout, including:

“SAVE the layout!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Click here to see other comments we have received supporting our cause.

Click here to sign a petition asking the Museum to Save the Train! You can also sign a petition when you come to visit us.

Thank you for your support.


One our most popular events is our Junior Engineer Day when children are able to run trains on our layout. They really love it! We usually have more than 100 kids take numbers so that they can drive a train.


The Randall Museum has asked us to remove our train layout by the end of this year for its major renovation coming next year. We will not be able to rebuild the layout after the renovation, so this means the end of Junior Engineer Days!

Click here to sign a petition asking the Museum to Save the Train! We need your support to get the Randall Museum to change its mind and preserve our current layout through the renovation. You can also sign a petition when you visit us at the Museum.


In the mean time come to the remaining Junior Engineer Days to enjoy this preciousevent. Junior Engineer Day events will be held on Saturdays May 17, July 19, September 20, and November 15 this year between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. It gets very crowded. The shortest waiting times are at 10:00 AM and between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing you there!


The Randall Museum told us that we will have to demolish our train layout by the end of the year! The Museum will be starting a major renovation next year. They said that the basement where our layout is housed does not meet code and that they will be able to give us only about one quarter of our current space after the renovation.

The GGMRC has found that there are exceptions to the code that would preserve our layout. The Museum is not interested in pursuing these exceptions. Unless they change their mind, more than 50 years of work will go down the drain!

Click here for more information!

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 except for the first and third Saturday of each month when we will run old style DCC trains.

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.

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!

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.


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.


Business Meeting

9 November 2013
11 January 2014
8 March 2014
10 May 2014
12 July 2014
13 September 2014
8 November 2014

Junior Engineer Day

16 November 2013
18 January 2014
15 March 2014
17 May 2014
19 July 2014
20 September 2014
15 November 2014