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Model Train Clubs

Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club

by David Minkin


The GCMRC was founded in 1987. With all the modules linked together there are about 400 feet (almost 7 scale miles) of main line track and hundreds more feet of yard and siding track.


The full layout is being expanded to 2000 square feet. It includes complete locomotive facilities, cities, villages, and industries. There are rivers and lakes, bridges and trestles, and tunnels. When completely assembled, the layout provides an excellent education in the historical importance and operation of the nation’s railroads.


In August of 2000, the GCMRC assembled, from stored modules, and operated an exhibition layout, 12 feet by 30 feet, at the Ventura County Fair.  This was the first time in many years that a model railroad had been a part of the Fair.  The layout, now 15 feet by 36 feet, has been displayed at the Fair each since then, through August 2010.


Our home for the past two years has been the Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. Our operating sessions are on Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. Admission is free; donations are accepted ($9 adults; $5 for children 12 yrs and under). We continue to use the layout that has been exhibited at the Fair for the past 10 years. For directions to and more info on the Murphy Auto Museum, go to Click Here. (Video by Frank at the Murphy Auto Museum),


For further information contact Bob Minder, Club President, at or David Minkin, Webmaster and Recording Secretary,




We also became the subject of a local newspaper story,

Ride the Gold Coast Modular Railroad route at the Murphy Auto Museum
on YouTube, to the Chattanooga Cho Cho tune.

Click Here. (Video by Frank at the Murphy Auto Museum).

For directions to and more info on the Murphy Auto Museum, go to


We also are on Facebook at!/group.php?gid=221517661242&ref=ts

Our Club members after gift giving at our 2010 Annual Christmas Party.

A part of our modular railroad at the Ventura County Fair, held each August and the Murphy Auto Museum."



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