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Train Mountain Institute

Train Mountain Institute owns Train Mountain and operates it for educational purposes.  Train Mountain is the world's largest model railroad with over 35 miles of 7.5" gauge track on 2200 acres near Chiloquin, Oregon.  See Map. Train Mountain Institute :
       Provides a venue for educational programs with an emphasis on railroad education
       Operates the Train Mountain Museum
       Operates the Train Mountain Library
       Operates the Train Mountain Store
       Organizes educational programs including :
             the annual Operations Meet
             Tours of the Museum
             Lectures on Railroads
             Lectures on 7.5" gauge Railroading
             Operation Lifesaver presentations

Train Mountain Institute cooperates with two other organizations in the operation of the Train Mountain project:

Train Mountain Railroad is a railroad club that takes care of the facility in exchange for being able to use the track and and hold train meets.    

Friends of Train Mountain is a club that builds track and maintains the railroad.  Programs include the Big Build each September.  Friends also owns a Scenic Easement that protect the views from the track and leases part of the property on which it is working to expand the railroad.  From 2007 to 2012 Friends of Train Mountain has built about 7 miles of new track at Train Mountain and has replaced over a mile of track. In 2013 Friends of Train Mountain :
      Replaced track between Containerville and the Signal Shack
      Rebuilt the grade at Hairpin
      Laid a little new track at Aspen
      Laid new track at Cooper Siding
      Built grade between Witcombe and Aspen

Membership -- Most people join the Train Mountain project.  They become a member in all 3 organizations.  Follow this link for membership information.

Donations --  Train Mountain Institute is a 501c3 public benefit non-profit.  Tax deductible donations are accepted in accordance with its donations policy.  You may donate online.

Major Projects -- Train Mountain Institute has been working on these Capital Projects :
      Improving the Energy Efficiency of Central Station
      Fixing the Sewage problems at Central Station
      Bringing the facility up to code
      Expanding Containerville
      Water System Repairs

Questions :  Contact info@tminst.org