The California Southern Model RR Club is located in what was a vacant building in the center of Norwalk's historical downtown, adjacent to an old Southern Pacific (now U.P.) branchline that runs down to Anaheim, CA. This string of downtown stores, dating back to the 1890s, are now some of Norwalk's oldest and are registered Historical Landmarks. Originally, this was one of Norwalk's local Markets and Drug Store. In the late 1940s the market closed down and the room was turned into a dance studio. A few pieces of the dance floor are still visible around the layout area.
The Calvary Chapel stepped in during 1960s and was last occupant leaving in the early 1980s before the train club took over the vacant space in 1985. The historical entrances to all the shops face Front Street which was formerly Firestone Blvd. before it was realigned to the north around the downtown district in the 1940s. Today, Front Street is commonly used as a Hollywood movie and TV film set due to it's generic Smalltown-USA feel. Recent features of Front Street and the train club building include scenes from the movies Hot Chick, Best Men, Another Day In Paradise, NBC's TV series Heroes, Pennzoil (TV commercial), and the 2007 film "The Comebacks". The Heroes cast & crew filmed on loacation again in August 2009.
Front St. as it appeared in 2007. The club is just left of the Bank building.