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#1      The Puckerville RR

The Puckerville Railroad is based on a rural, small town setting reminiscent of the 1960's. The garden design has two levels. The upper line has 80 feet of track, two ponds, stream and a waterfall, with a number of interesting bridges. The lower line has 40 feet of track and is a mining line. There are 50 handmade people figures, and many great scratch built structures. Plantings are abundant.

#2      The Back In Time RR

Back in Time Railroad was started in the spring of 2012. A new Pennsylvania RR train travels over bridges, and through tunnels. Included in the layout are several ponds, a small village with many shops, a campground, and a large farm. Landscaping has dwarf conifers, alpine plantings, ground cover and more. An Emmett Kelly circus train surrounds an extensive miniature circus layout. A carnival line tops off this layout.

#3       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.

 #4       Disneyland RR

The Disney railroad was begun in 2008, and features an elevated line and ground line. A colorful locomotive pulls cars past Disney themed buildings, ground cover plants, and a replica of Disney's main entrance.

#5 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.

#6       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  

#7        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.

#8        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.

#9       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.

#10       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.

#11        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.

   #12     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.

#13 The Grain Train

The Grain Train started in 2016 with 330 feet of track installed in an existing garden. It continues to develop based on the owner's professional work with major grain companies.

#14        The Victorian Station RR

The Victorian Station layout consists of 2 track loops about 300 feet of track. Trains connect a Victorian town on the east to the industrial west side of the layout. Homes, shops, industrial and service buildings fill the streets lined by miniature trees and shrubs. The owners have planted over 30 varieties of hens and chicks spring 2017

  #15       The MacKay Mills RR

The MacKay line began in 1996, with numerous additions that have now totaled 650 feet of track, with 10 separate layouts. It includes 2 small loops, reversing loops, 6 back and forth reversing lines, with steam and caternary cog railways. There are tunnels, bridges, viaducts, trestles, 4 pools, over 50 buildings and people to add character. The established garden is heavily planted with dwarfs, rock garden, and minis specialty stock.

#16 The Cobblestone RR 

A new layout in 2016 with the main feature a full replica of Walt Disney World with an operating Monorail and all 4 parks represented. A traveling circus train runs through a 

#17 has canceled this year

#18  The Kiousville Palestine & Warnersville RR

The Kiousville Palestine railroad was constructed in 2006 with 600 feet running radio controlled locomotives. Two main lines encircle 2 ponds, run through rock and flowers gardens. An interesting inside storage yard houses much rolling stock