It’s been several decades now since the Pasadena Model Railroad Club has been located in Pasadena. The construction of a freeway forced the model train enthusiasts to move to an former Alhambra bowling alley in the 1960s before the club purchased an industrial building on the eastern edge of El Sereno. Here inside the Alhambra Avenue building, club members have built one of the nation’s largest model railroads, a 5,o00-square-foot world where HO scale trains travel on thousands of feet of track through tiny towns, mountain scenery and even a nudist colony, reports Alhambra Source. This past weekend, the club held one of its twice-a-year open houses.
Alhambra Source, which also produced a video on the model railroad, said the nearly 75-year-old club has brought together a wide variety of members interested in trains:
Although some members are still teenagers, most are older men. Robert Wiener, 80, sought out the club two years ago because he loved trains, and discovered a community of people who shared his passion. “You’re with people that have the same interests as you do, and can have great discussions,” Wiener said. “It’s a place to have fun and really enjoy yourself.”
It takes one hour and fifteen minutes for the train to make its way from the starting from the starting nation, named Alhambra, to the end of the line in Port Zion.
El Sereno is also home to another miniature world crafted from cardboard by artist Kiel Johnson.