McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the most unique park of its kind in the country. Take a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and antique carousel. Visit a variety of shops and museum or play in one of the spacious playgrounds, or just relax in the grass under a tree or in one of the park’s picnic ramadas.
Since the park’s inception, its attractions and amenities have grown, the community it resides in shares many wonderful memories. When the park was originally designed, its purpose was to provide the ultimate in family fun and education, through the preservation of Arizona’s Railroad Heritage.
The park provides a fun and safe environment for family enjoyment and learning. Millions of visitors have enjoyed the park. In 1996, McCormick Railroad Park was renamed McCormick-Stillman. Railroad Park in recognition of its founder, Guy Stillman. The beautifully carved and meticulously restored Scottsdale Charro Carousel was purchased by the Scottsdale Railroad and Mechanical Society with significant participation by the Scottsdale Charros, a local service group. Completed in 1950, it is registered with the National Carousel Association for the preservation of antique carousels. With 30 horses and 2 wheelchair chariots, it is a child’s delight!
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s newest attraction is the 10,000 square foot model railroad building that houses four model railroad clubs, three layouts and a variety of exhibits and hands-on amenities. The LEED-Gold building was designed to weave contemporary architecture into a long and low structure that recalls the style of 19th century train sheds. From the building’s lobby, you can see at least eight scales of trains, from the smallest Z-scale to the full-sized Roald Amundsen Presidential Pullman Car.
A few interesting facts about the building: • Throughout the building, orange hands are incorporated into the layouts that when touched by a visitor, cause different items on the layouts to move. • Each club has 1,280 square feet of exhibit space that is viewable on all four sides. This creates over 450 feet of up close viewing. • The building is unique in that the built-in ramps allow small children and people in wheelchairs to view the layouts without a step or lift. • Two large video screens show a wide range of train related videos. Future plans are for cameras located in the club locomotives to project video on the screens. • The building has over 25,000 of electrical conduit either underground or on the roof. • In addition to exhibit space, each club has approximately 270 square feet of club workroom space.