Tour #25: Jacksonville Train Layouts / North & Beach
|Thursday, June 25, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM||Tour Price: $75|
Ron Fisher – Since there are no basements in Jacksonville, Ron Fisher bought a 3-car garage with a house out front. This O Gauge layout is 18’ x 18’ and showcases a fascinating two-level operation with trains disappearing and automatically reversing. Ron is the embodiment of “I love Toy Trains” with a fun and joyful display. Don’t miss his Life Saver Factory, Mt. Rushmore, operating carnival, and an airport stretching across the back of his display. Coffee & Snacks provided.
Jacksonville Beaches Museum & History Park – Travel back to the past and get to know the people and events that shaped our area. The museum has a historic train station, a section foreman’s house, chapel, and other buildings on site. Go inside and tour these buildings, as well as see a vintage steam locomotive that has been lovingly restored and under cover.
Cypress Village Train Layout – An upscale retirement home that sports a very nice HO club layout. Enjoy a Box Lunch on the Bus as you travel to the Gorbell house.
Fred Gorbell – Over the years, Fred has been in and out of collecting and operating Standard Gauge, Postwar Lionel, Prewar Lionel, and Modern era Lionel. He has now returned to his roots as his first loves were Gilbert and Plasticville. Fred’s combination S Gauge layout showcases vintage Gilbert trains. Masterfully produced scenery makes the Plasticville buildings and Gilbert trains look like a catalog cover. You will also enjoy Fred’s massive Department 56 collection which he displays year-round set in many vignettes, along with Marx trains. Snacks provided.
Alan Marshall – All pre-war Standard Gauge trains and accessories, displayed and played with like they were meant . . . on the floor! This unique layout is in a spare bedroom with the wall removed from the next room. You stand in one room and view the trains in the other. The trains are set in vintage buildings, accessories, and scenery; a true tinplate world. Alan also collects and will display a very large collection of vintage toy trucks. Snacks provided.
Ray Gabler – Retired CSX executive and originally off the Chessie System, Ray is a leader in the Jacksonville model railroad community. He organizes get-togethers every Monday evening, often at his own house or others, to play with trains, build layouts, and/or maintain rolling stock. Ray’s layout is 2 rail O scale on two different levels, housed inside a large garage. Since Ray grew up in Chambersburg, PA along the original Cumberland Valley Railway, you will see a lot of PRR trains and buildings, even though you are in the deep South! Happy Hour drinks & snacks provided.
One-way Driving time: 30 minutes
Tour includes: Round-trip motorcoach transportation, water, snacks and box lunch.
Special Wear: None