Short Track Railroad

N Scale Model Railroad Club Featuring 3 Museum Quality Layouts

  • SP Exiting Tunnel
  • Bridges of Truckee
  • Applegate Crossing
  • GP9's Lashed Up
  • Colfax California
  • Colfax Propane
  • Butte Canyon Bridge
  • Mill
  • Bridges over Truckee River
SP Exiting Tunnel1 Bridges of Truckee2 Applegate Crossing3 GP9's Lashed Up4 Colfax California5 Colfax Propane6 Butte Canyon Bridge7 Mill8 Bridges over Truckee River9
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About Our Club

Southern Pacific passing the Applegate Crossing

Short Track Railroad began operation in 1992. We started as an NTRAK club and travelled extensively in Southern California. We were best known for our annual display at the San Diego County Fair. In 2002 we were invited to move into the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista Ca. We have three layouts on display at the secton house.

  • Donner Pass Exhibit
  • NTRAK Layout
  • Scenic Ridge - Kids Layout

The Clubhouse

Otherwise known as the Section House, our club house is a 72 by 50 foot (3,600sf) air conditioned building dedicated to Club use.


Our membership is open to anyone who is interested in the model railroad hobby. We take our motto, "If we're not having fun, we're doing something wrong!" seriously. Short Track RR is a great club. From neophyte to Master Model Railroader (we have three MMRs) we welcome modelers of all skill ranges.

For more information on membership please see our Membership Page.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM)

Short Track Railroad joined the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum AGSEM in 2002. We began construction of a year round model railroad exhibit in our 3,600sf clubhouse. Layout construction is still ongoing. As model railroaders can appreciate, you never really finish a layout; there is always more to do and improve. We like to model!

The AGSEM is an IRS 501(c)3 educational corporation. As such, all donations are fully tax deductible for both Federal and California income tax purposes.

Contact Us

  • Phone: 760-941-1791 (Museum Office)
  • eMail:
  • Address: 2040 N Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, California 92083

Schedule of Events

Open House & Operations

  • Open House Saturdays 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Operating Night - 2nd Thursday - 6:30pm

Guests are invited to bring thier equipment, DCC or DC, and run with us.

Business Meetings

  • 1st Thursday - Business Meeting - 6:30pm
  • 3rd Thursday - Construction Committee Meeting - 6:30pm


  • 4th Thursday - Clinic Night - 6:30pm

The schedule is subject to change depending on holidays and special events at the museum. Please see our Facebook Events Page for more information or to see special events not listed here.

Southern Pacific passing the Applegate Crossing