We run trains in our gardens

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 membership@thecgrs.org

CGRS members:  the Fall Trip is planned!  Check it out !

2021 DUES are DUE
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April 21th   7:00 PM

Join Bill, Jed, & Dave as they view & critique Dave’s train layout.
The good, the bad, & the ugly.

Large Scale Consolidated Live
*SATURDAY* April 17th   8:30 PM
Guest – Darrin Warren

•History of the Riverside Railroad Club including photos and videos of their previous outdoor layout and their current indoor layout.

How to customize your railpro remote with pictures (using free software)

    for each of your locomotives
    how-to on properly formatting/uploading pictures to your remote.

    how-to create/upload custom sounds to your railpro locomotives
    see a caboose that has a waving brakeman on the back using railpro


The Franklin Park Conservatory
will be bringing back the Paul Bussey Railway exhibit !!
Opening April 2, 2021. 
They will again  be seeking volunteers this summer to  monitor the layouts. Deb Sweet and Ron Mayer were volunteers  last year, if you have questions about what to expect.

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
Bob Collins


Traveling / Display Layout
Doug Kruest

General Information
Kent Kloes

Kent Kloes

2021 CGRS Event Schedule

Mar. 28

Sun 2:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting

   due to COVID-19

April 8

Thur 7:30 PM

NewsTable Meeting
“ZOOM” virtual meeting
link to be sent out

April 25

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Sun 2:00 PM

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CGRS Monthly Meeting
Briane & Connie Spangler’s Home
 near Mt. Sterling, OH

Make It/Take It – footbridge clinic

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If you want a Footbridge kit, please email Webmaster@thecgrs.org so we can get a count.

If you have a 1/2″ nail gun/compressor please consider bringing it along.

May 20

Thur 7:30 PM

NewsTable Meeting
** LIVE **
Location: Easterday Home
Dublin, OH

May  30

Sun 2:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting
Current plans are to have a plant swap at the Doves’ house (where else!)
Start planning what you can give and what you need !

May 30 – June 5

All day / 1/2 the night

36th National Garden Railway Convention

Nashville, TN
click for details

June 17

Thur 7:30 PM

NewsTable Meeting
** LIVE **

June 27

Sun 2:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting
Kloes home, Grove City , OH

July 15

Thur 7:30 PM

NewsTable Meeting
** LIVE **

July 25

Sun 2:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting
Bush home, Columbus, OH

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 meetings@thecgrs.org

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