The Columbus Garden Railway Society (CGRS) is a unique,  organization whose goals are to have fun with garden railroading and the sharing of information. We have no formal organization, constitution or by-laws. We are simply an informal gathering of people interested in gardening and railroading. Our only rule is the 10-foot rule, which loosely translates to "If it looks good from 10 feet away, then it is good enough". 

Membership in the Columbus Garden Railway Society (CGRS) is open to anyone. While the name of our organization refers to garden railroading, ownership of a garden railroad is not necessary. Many of our members have a G-scale railroad in their garden or yard, others may have one in their basement or other room of their home, and yet others may choose to not have one at all. That is not important. What is important is that all of our members share a common interest in the hobby.

Benefits of Columbus Garden Railway Society (CGRS) membership include an informative monthly newsletter (sample newsletter), monthly meetings at host railroads, the multi-club tour, and the fall foliage trip. Meetings may include presentations or clinics on various aspects of modeling, gardening, railroading, electronics, or controls. Guests are always welcome. For more information go to the membership page or contact the Columbus Garden Railway Society (CGRS) membership at

Trains and Christmas just seem to go together. Here’s a list of train displays for this holiday season.

The Ohio History Center
I-71 & 17th Avenue
Columbus OH 43211 

A 1950’s-style holiday model train display.

Dates -  Opens November 27, 2015
Closes January 3, 2016

Open Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 10 to 5; Sunday 12 to 5

Admission: General $10, $9/Senior, $5/ages 6-12, Free/age 5 and under.

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Open New Year’s Day.


Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E. Broad St.
Columbus OH 43203

A Paul Busse - designed model garden railway

Hours of operation: Daily 10 to 5.
Open until 9pm Nov 29; Dec 2, 9,16, 18-23, 25-31
Closed Christmas Day

Cost of Admission: $13 Adults, $10 Seniors, $6 children 3 - 7


Huntington National Bank
Capitol Square Branch
17 S. High St.
Columbus OH 43215

The large Paul Busse - designed Christmas Display is back at the main Huntington National Bank in downtown Columbus. It has been at the main library on Grant St. but that library is undergoing renovation so the train display is back at its original location.

Hours of Operation: Normal banking hours plus some Saturdays and Sundays.
(No further information on their website as of this writing.)

Cost of Admission: Free

(Park in the State House Parking Garage and take the tunnel under Broad street to the basement of the bank building)


Easton Town Center

Bill Logan has decked out the Easton Express Railway for the holidays with 10,000 lights. You’ll find it at Town Square adjacent to Brio Restaurant.

Hours of operation: Same as store hours: usually 10 to 9

Who's who in CGRS

Newsletter related business, articles and classified ads
JoAnne Hamblin
Principal Business Contact
Bill Logan
 Bills and Invoices
Cecil Easterday
 Meeting hosts
Bob Duggan
Bob Collins 
Address Changes
Richard Abler
Portable Layout
Doug Kruest 
 General Information
Richard Abler
Wayne Beedle

CGRS Event Schedule

 Month/date  Day/Time  What/where
 Oct 15
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table meeting : Klink's, Grandville, Ohio
 Oct 18
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
 Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum
 Oct 25
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : Foertmeyer and Sons Greenhouse
 Nov 17 - Nov 22    CGRS at COSI
 Nov 19
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Easterdays
 Nov 29
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : G-scale Junction, Kirkersville Methodist church
 Dec 17
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Walls
 Dec 27    Holiday party : Klinks
 Jan 21  Thurs 7:30  News Table Meeting : Easterdays
 Jan 31  Sun 2:00  CGRS Monthly Meeting : Walls - wishing well project

Guests are always WELCOME

Have you hosted a meeting this year?

We're looking for future meeting hosts

Preference is given to those who have not previously hosted a CGRS meeting

Contact Bob Duggan to host a meeting at

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