Welcome Aboard Arizona Rails!
purpose of this site is to help promote the great hobby of model
railroading as well as highlight the real railroad in a fun and
informative forum. While the bulk of the site will deal with model
railroading it will cover some of the rail fanning that can be done in
This site also hosts The Ponderosa North Model Railroad Club,
to present the clubs latest activities and achievements. The Ponderosa
North was founded over 30 years ago to promote the fascinating hobby of
model railroading. Today that tradition continues with the clubs
participation in all of the major rail shows and presentations, like
Scottsdale's Annual Rail Fair at the Stillman-McCormick Railroad Park.
Most members of the PN are also members of the Arizona Division of the
National Model Railroad Association and many of the members have served
as officers in the Association and in other leadership positions.
has got to be one of the most fascinating places in the United States
to be involved in railroading of any type - be it rail fanning, model
railroading, collecting train memorabilia, or historical investigation.
Arizona itself, is an amazing landscape of striking contrasts - from
snow covered forests in the north, to blazing desert sands in the
south. And Arizona owes a great deal of its current existence to the
state hosts the transcontinental lines of both the major western
railroads: The Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. And
both of those lines are steeped in historical predecessors, the
Atlantic & Pacific, the Santa Fe, the Southern Pacific, and even
the Texas and Pacific. And the state is filled with optimistic short
lines to serve the lumbering and mining interests of the earliest
pioneers. Lines like the United Verde & Pacific, Verde Tunnel and
Smelter, Arizona Mineral Belt, El Paso & Southwestern, Arizona
Eastern, Maricopa & Phoenix, Bradshaw Mountain, etc. Many are
fallen flags, but some are new like the Black Mesa & Lake Powell
and the many incarnations of the Apache Railway.
So, once again, Welcome Aboard Arizona Rails!
Attention Rail Fans & Model Railroaders
quick reminder to all of our visitors, if you are aware of any railroad
or model railroad related news or information in the Arizona or Desert
Southwest areas, we would be most appreciative if you would forward it
to us. This includes any activities by railfan groups, model railroad
clubs, or a lone-wolf who is in love with trains. Send
information to the Webmaster: Mark J. Redmond.
February 26, 2015 - Updated Rail Calendar and Club pages.
January 24, 2015 - Updated the In Memory Of, calendar and club pages.
October 25, 2014 - Update Club page and Rail Calendar page
October 4, 2014 - Update Club page and Rail Calendar page.
August 25, 2014 - Update Club page, Links page and Rail Calendar page.
August 3, 2014 - Update Club page links page and calendar pages.