Little Trains – Big Fun
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s newest attraction is the 10,000 square foot model railroad building that houses four model railroad clubs, three layouts and a variety of exhibits and hands-on amenities. The LEED-Gold building was designed to weave contemporary architecture into a long and low structure that recalls the style of 19th century train sheds. From the building’s lobby, you can see at least eight scales of trains, from the smallest Z-scale to the full-sized Roald Amundsen Presidential Pullman Car.
A few interesting facts about the building:
- Throughout the building, orange hands are incorporated into the layouts that when touched by a visitor, cause different items on the layouts to move.
- Each club has 1,280 square feet of exhibit space that is viewable on all four sides. This creates over 450 feet of up close viewing.
- The building is unique in that the built-in ramps allow small children and people in wheelchairs to view the layouts without a step or lift.
- Two large video screens show a wide range of train related videos. Future plans are for cameras located in the club locomotives to project video on the screens.
- The building has over 25,000 feet of electrical conduit either underground or on the roof.
- In addition to exhibit space, each club has approximately 270 square feet of club workroom space.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – Model Railroad Exhibit Building was the winner of the 2012 Scottsdale Environmental Design Award (SEDA) because it is aesthetically expressive, and a variety of sustainable technologies were incorporated into the design.