Welcome to the
Columbus Garden Railway Society
2018 Fall Garden Tour
(check back next year, hopefully with no rain)

 1  The Sweet Hollow RR

Sweet Hollow added a new loop to the layout spring 2017, the layout has 300 feet of track . Three loops run up to five trains with battery power. This layout has many interesting dwarf conifers, farm buildings, a campground, and a replica Gettysburg train station.

2  The Ross Herron Memorial RR

The Ross Herron Memorial railroad started in 1996, and has been revised(enhanced) 4 times!! It currently consists of 250 feet of track, laid out in 3 loops, and can run 5 trains. All buildings are scratch built by the owner, all replicas of small town Ohio, and Westerville.  Dwarf conifers, sedums, and thymes landscape the layout.


3  The Hacker Express RR

The Hacker Express RR is a new stop for the 2017 tour. Featuring an Oktoberfest theme and alpine setting, this garden broke ground only one year ago. One loop of about 80 feet of track is just the start of these rookie's garden railroad  


4  The Recycled, Odds, Ends and Leftovers RR

The Recycled, Odds, Ends, and Leftovers railroad is a fictitious railroad heading south out of Xenia, Ohio. The lines travel through Brown County to Adams County with a farm community theme, following the White Oak Creek and over Cherry Fork Falls.


5  The Crawford Valley RR

The Crawford Valley Railroad meanders from Lily Pad Junction around a large pond and a waterfall. It travels through the country side, with interesting people, scenes and landscaping.

6  The Grand Rapids & Reeds Lake RR

The Grand Rapids and Reed Lake railroad has 4 loops on a raised bed. Train operations are favored over gardening. Structures on the railroad are reflective of the imagined areas around Reed Lake in the suburbs of Grand Rapids at the turn of the 19th century. The owner runs live steam locomotives, on 4 loops, with an operating catenary system to support streetcar operations.


7  The Puddlefort and Patio RR

The Puddlefort and Patio Railroad is modeled after a central Wisconsin Village and farmland served by the Chicago & North Western RR. A trolley line serves Puddlefort village. This railroad boosts well established small scale plants, dwarfed trained conifers, rock garden plants, and much more.

8 The Sutter Park Lumber RR

The Duggan's railroad runs four trains at one time. There are two point-to-point lines and a double dog bone. There is about 250 feet of track. This fully landscaped RR is based on a logging railroad and has a pond with waterfall and scratch-built buildings. New this year is the Carnival line which is fully animated. Mixed in with all the landscaping are many different scenes with a touch of fantasy. 


9 The Shelby& Sparta RR

The Shelby & Sparta railroad was first operating in 1998 on 1000 feet of track, comprised of a main line, branch line, an amusement park line, a circus themed line, a shuttle line, and a large radius “farm to city” line. Trains travel through mountains, valleys, tunnels, and across trestles and bridges.


10  The Ohio River & Western RR

The garden railroad represents the original Ohio River & Western Narrow Gauge Railroad as it meandered through the forested hills of southeastern Ohio in the early 20th century. This 250 foot railway is centered around a rock lined pond fed from a waterfall and stream. Details abound with structures, horse-drawn wagon; autos, bridges, and a curved tunnel. A two-story railroad storage building, walkway, and patio border the dense miniature garden.


11  The MacKay Mills RR

The MacKay Mills RR began in 1996, with numerous additions that now total over 600 feet of track in 10 separate layouts. It includes 2 small loops, 6 back and forth reversing lines, with steam and catenary cog railways. There are tunnels, bridges, viaducts, trestles, 3 pools, and over 50 buildings and people to add character. The garden is heavily planted with dwarf conifers and specialty plants, and includes rock gardens. It is handicapped accessible from the rear alley.



12 The Sunburst, Minneapolis & Southern Il RR

The recently constructed Sunburst Minneapolis & Southern II consists of a raised bed, 20 ft. x 35 ft., with a pond and waterfall. The mostly-trestled bi-level track is divided by upright railroad ties and Colorado sandstone. Featured plantings include dwarf Japanese maples, succulents, and a variety of evergreens. All trains are BNSF or Great Northern logo and will include passenger and freight

13 The Kiousville, Palestine & Warnersvile RR

Our railroad is named The KPW Line, the Kiousville-Palestine-Warnersville Railroad which we started in 2006. It is about 600 feet, with two main lines that encircle two ponds and a sunken patio and a third loop around a lighthouse that sits over a underground lake (septic tank). There’s also a trolley that runs down the middle of the street where the town will be constructed once the depression is over. We have an inside trains storage yard. We run  steam and diesel engines and a railbus. We also have a rock garden and four flower gardens that the trains run through. We use track power for the  locomotives - all of which are radio-controlled