The Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club (GCMRC) was founded in 1987 and is an exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). The club was based out of a garage until late 1993, when we were able to set up in a large vacant store, rent free, in a Camarillo, California strip mall. The club lost its lease and moved out in December of 1996, just after our last open house. From 1993 to 1996 the GCMRC became recognized as one of the largest model railroads in California, at 4500 sq. ft. with 700 feet of main line track.
Mission Statement
The Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to educate the general public in Ventura and nearby California counties on the appearance and operations of railroads, and the contribution railroads have made and continue to make in the development of our nation. It will accomplish this goal by designing, constructing, maintaining and operating, for exhibition to the public, scale simulations of one or more actual railroad segments, and by maintaining a multi-media repository of railroad related materials.
Past Efforts
We set up portions of our Dunsmuir and Kaboom Valley modules, from our previous Camarillo setup, as well as newer modules at the Ventura County Fairs (August 2-13, 2000; August 1-12, 2001; July 31 - August 11, 2002; July 30 - August 10, 2003; August 4-15, 2004; August 3-14, 2005; August 2-13, 2006; August 1-12, 2007; July 30 - August 10, 2008, August 5-16, 2009, August 4-15, 2010, August 3-14, 2011, August 1-12, 2012 and July 31 - August 11, 2013), where they were successfully received.
We set up our exciting scenic display using the modules from our Camarillo setup and newer modules at the California Oil Museum, October 14, 2007 through February 10, 2008. Our layout had been abbreviated from our setup at the Ventura County Fair and was 12 ft. x 27 ft., using the Kaboom Trestle, Coal Canyon and parts of the Golden Valley from the Camarillo set-up and new modules, consisting of a Lumber Processing Mill and Pond, an engine repair facility, a packing yard, slaughterhouse, icing rack and a round house with an operational turntable.
Current Efforts
Our current exciting scenic main layout uses the modules from the Ventura County Fair (2010) setup, and newer modules constructed in 2011. We decided that this layout will not travel anymore due to the damage sustained to a couple of the modules, the amount of time to setup and tear down at the Museum and at the fair and the number of members required. Since the 2010 Ventura County Fair, we have created a traveling display to take to shows that is comprised of seven completed and five under construction, 2x6 modules. The traveling layout can be assembled in 3 hours and disassembled in 2 by 4 or 5 members. We have been participating every year since August 3-14, 2011 at the Ventura County Fair with our new traveling modules.
The following are past Ventura County Star articles about the GCMRC at the Murphy Auto Museum and future plans for our Club.:
Calling all big fans of small trains. . Printed in the Ventura County Star on April 5, 2011.
Model railroaders chug into a new station An earlier article in the Ventura County Star .
Vintage autos co-mingle at museum. . Printed in the Ventura County Star on June 12, 2008.
Ride the Gold Coast Modular Railroad to the Chattanooga Choo Choo tune ......Video by Frank at the Murphy Auto Museum.