The Golden Isles Model Railroad Club (GIMRRC) had made it’s home in Brunswick, Georgia some 35 years ago. It’s first home was in the former Norfolk Southern depot and up until recently in a portion of a long shuttered farm supply shed.
The club’s completed 20′ X 60′ DCC HO scale layout was starting to show it’s age, along with the building it was housed in. Plagued by leaks, cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The members decided that it was time to look for new quarters for the club.
One of the members told the membership that the City of Kingsland, Georgia had refurbished the old Seaboard Air Line depot and it was available. A presentation was made to the City Council and they voted unanimously to lease a portion of the building to the club.
It was decided that the best course of action would be to salvage what they could and build a new layout tailored to the space available. Help with the materials for the new layout came in the form of a very generous donation of materials by the family of deceased club member U.S. Army Major General J.D. Smith (ret.). There is an interchange and tower on the new layout dedicated to his memory and a picture proudly hangs on the wall to remember him.
Timing couldn’t have been better. Hurricane Matthew hit in October, and a large tree fell on the old club building rendering it useless.
A new track plan was designed to portray the old SAL Line from Savannah, Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida via Kingsland, Georgia. The floor plan was designed to comply with the ADA so we could accommodate the public. Materials and equipment were moved into the new building and construction was started on September 15, 2016 and continues to this date….