Welcome to the PebbleCreek Model Railroad Club
Who We are
We are located in the Pebble Creek Resort Community, Goodyear, Arizona.
Our club promotes model railroading - including scale modeling, simulated
railroad operations, and general railroading discussion - and serves as a community resource for railroad history, science, and lore. But our primary goal is just to provide "fun" for members and the local community.
Bruce Petrarca Earns “‘Master Model Railroader”’ Title
PebbleCreek Model Railroad Club member and President Bruce Petrarca has earned the title of Master Model Railroader (MMR) as designated by the National Model Railroad Association’s Achievement Program. Bruce is the 574th person to achieve this status in the 55 years since the program began.
The process to achieve the MMR is somewhat like the steps involved in the Eagle Scout program – which Bruce also completed, but some years ago of course. There is not a single set of requirements to be met. The applicant may select from a number defined skills to be demonstrated, completing a certain number.
Bruce needed to show construction skills, and you can see the results in structures and scenery in the South Bend area of the club’s layout.
There are over 500 fright cars on our railroad, so I’m not sure which ones might be his creations. The NMRA sponsors “meets” frequently across the country featuring displays, seminars, modeling contests and railroad-related field trips. By judging in contests and presenting educational presentations, Bruce was able to satisfy two more of the necessary certificates.
Ironically, an engineering certificate was the seventh and final one he completed. Bruce is a graduate engineer, and a nationally known expert on the electronics aspect of model railroading, authoring a monthly column for Model Railroad Hobbyist - an on-line magazine.
Our congratulations go to Bruce, who I suspect is already working on some of those extra certification areas. But just for fun - you can’t win twice, Bruce.
Thanksgiving 2016 Open House
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Club membership is open to any Pebble Creek homeowner, whether you are an experienced modeler or just willing to learn. We conduct regular Operating sessions, so you can run the railroad as well, just like the real thing - well, almost.
And we now have an associate membership option for renters. Make us part of your stay in Arizona!
Contact Club President Bruce Petrarca at about membership, and consider joining us.
You can also reach us by email at email@example.com
Visiting the Railroad Club
We hold Open House events at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas - ideal for visiting family and guests. Trains run on the indoor HO scale layout, and outside on the Garden Layout.
Club members are at the layout Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am to 11:30, either "Working on the Railroad" or conducting simulated operations. You are welcome and encouraged to visit then.
You can also contact us to see if an appointment can be arranged for you to see our layout at other times. Call Mark at 847-224-5653 (8 AM to 8 PM only please)
Hammond Yard - where trains get put together bound for other towns on the Great Lakes Western RR
Our Garden Railroad
PCMRC Operates a "G" scale garden railway at the patio of the Eagles Nest Arts Center complex grounds.
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Trains are run on holidays and special occasions.
Check the "Club Events" schedule at the upper left announcements.