Thursday, December 28, 2006

Chandler railroad museum takes shape

[Source: Ty Young, Arizona Republic] -- Just east of Arizona Avenue, between Germann and Queen Creek roads, a collection of old trains sits all by itself, surrounded by alfalfa fields. The site doesn't look like much now, but it's part of the Tumbleweed Park master plan - the new and growing home of the Arizona Railway Museum. The trains rolled out of their old home at Armstrong Park in downtown Chandler last year.

Although the land surrounding the 32 trains will stay vacant for years, there is quite a bit of work being done, said Bart Barton, vice president of operations for the museum. "We have a good amount of volunteers who help out with tours and rehabilitation of the trains," he said. "Things are progressing." The vintage cars, some more than 100 years old, won't have an adjoining building until 2008. But work is nearly complete on the track necessary for displaying the cars. In 2007, the museum should see its access on Ryan Road east of Arizona Avenue, which is now dirt, paved. Improvements also are planned for the parking lot. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]