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Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club

Address

4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Neighborhood

Uptown / Ravenswood

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Building Architect

C. W. Kallal, 1916

Description

The Garfield Central Railroad is one of the largest model railroads in the country. Its steward—the Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club—was established in Garfield Park in 1947 and moved to Clarendon Park in 1963. The club meets regularly in the basement of the Clarendon Park Field House to build and operate the railroad with the goal of educating the public and their members about the history and operations of railroads. The fifth and current model layout began in 1974 after a remodeling of the field house. It includes approximately 1,400 feet of hand-laid track with reliable operations controlled by a state-of-the-art signaling system. The railroad travels through the fictional Appalachian towns of Summit, Georgetown, Bridgeport and Williamsport.

Behind the Scenes

View one of the nation's largest model railroads in action.