Foley, Alabama Model Railroad Museum
The City of Foley was fortunate to be the recipient of an "O" gauge model railroad layout. Mr. Alan Goldman of Montgomery, Alabama donated his model railroad to the City in 2004. In giving it to the City, Mr. Goldman asked that the exhibit be available for children and that there be no entrance fee.
The Caboose Club (a group of railroad buffs) went to Montgomery, disassembled the layout, and put it in storage until an annex to the L & N Depot Museum could be built. The building was completed in December 2005, and the Caboose Club began constructing the layout in January 2006.The exhibit is 24' X 60' and has a quarter mile of track. Some of the features are:
- 3 operating double track routes
- 12 different railroads represented
- remote controlled
- several animated sites
This layout represents the 1950's era, when the rail lines were in the transition of being run by steam to running on diesel fuel.
Much detail has gone into this exhibit. There is a Main Street USA; complete with a fire station, car wash, church, bus station, and a city park with an "N" gauge train that carries children around the park. You will find a farm, a sawmill, and a coal company on one end of the layout and an oil refinery on the opposite end. There is a line shack with working pulleys on lathes and other machinery as well as a man welding on trucks. "Thunder Road", and old Robert Mitchum movie, is playing at the Hub Drive-In. Just about anything that pertains to a community is in this exhibit.
The Model Railroad Museum was officially opened to the public in February 2007. The trains are in operation on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The hours of operation are from 10am - 2pm. Admission is free.
The Caboose Club
The Caboose Club was formed for train buffs to get together; watch videos; and discuss trains, railroads, and anything else that pertained to the railroad. This group of men would meet on a regular basis during the winter months and held "called" meetings on occasion during the summer. When the City Of Foley obtained an "O" gauge model train layout, the focus of the Club changed directions. They then had the task of putting this extensive model train layout into an exhibit that could be enjoyed by people of all ages.
In January of 2006, The Caboose Club began designing the building of this 60' by 24' layout. Groups of men, ranging in number from six to twelve, would come in twice a week for about four hours. As the exhibit began to take shape, Caboose Club members came in more often and stayed later. During "snowbird" season, visiting train buffs from Georgia, Mississippi, and even Canada would come to help. A year later, with approximately 6,000 volunteer hours invested, the exhibit was ready to be opened to the public.
For information on becoming a member of the Caboose Club or volunteering to run the trains, call 251-943-1818.