The 2020 tour was a success inspite of Covid-19
Start planning now for the 2021 Garden Tour Sept. 12th
The Columbus Garden Railway Society
2020 Fall Garden Tour
is going to happen, come:
Rain (bring an umbrella), Shine (bring a visor),
Coronavirus (bring a mask & space 6 ft apart)
Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020
Hours: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
The 2020 Garden Tour is finalized !
Scroll down the page to view our 2020 Railroads
1 The Sweet Hollow RR – Owner: Don & Deb Sweet
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 Hacker Express RR – Owner: Jed & Michelle Hacker
The Hacker Express Garden Railroad has undergone an expansion since its first appearance on the tour in 2017 tripling the original layout. Many miniature plants accent the garden along with picturesque European themed scenes. Since it’s Fall, that means Oktoberfest! Come hear the polka band and enjoy the trains either moving beer from the brewery to Oktoberfest on the mainline, or passengers taking a ride on the scenic cog railroad up Der Korkenzieherberg. BONUS: From 3-5 pm there will be an alphorn ensemble playing music of the Swiss Alps. Lederhosen optional.
3 The Forest Park Garden RR **New for 2020** – Owner: Tim & Lisa Dove
Started in 2018, our garden railroad was named for the neighborhood where we have lived since 1984. Tim has been a model railroader in N, HO and O scales since a young boy. Lisa is a master gardener through the OSU Extension and responsible for the garden designs. We both enjoy our hobbies and decided to merge the two. The back yard now includes; the original dog bone loop of last year of 200 plus feet, a new crossover loop of 230 feet through the side yard and a fence line point to point of 90 feet. Come and see our work on the gardens, the waterfall/ koi pond and train routes.
4 The Recycled, Odds, Ends and Leftovers RR – Owner: Jim & Lorinda Shell
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 Grand Rapids & Reeds Lake RR – Owner: Bob & Cora Collins
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.
6 Easton Express RR – Owner: Easton Center (across from Brie’s Restraint)
Easton Express is a 1100 square foot railroad built in 2005. Trains run 12 hours a day seven days a week.
The Sunburst, Minneapolis & Southern’s current version at Choctaw lake features an outer loop, and inner loop that winds beside a stream, and an elevated loop that passes through an artificial mountain made from old railroad ties. The stream flows from a sheet-style waterfall and winds up in the source pond at a corner of the layout. There is also a back-and-forth track on two sides of the rectangular raised bed. Scenes on the railroad include an Indian village, a small town, a Harley-Davidson shop with bikes and a church with two brides. The rolling stock is almost entirely Great Northern or the successor BNSF if the heritage green-and-orange color scheme is used. Items bearing the Texaco star are also found frequently on the layout.
Our railroad is named The KPW Line, the Kiousville-Palestine-Warnersville Railroad which we started in 2006. It is about 1,000 feet, with three 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. PLUS we have a live steam engine.
9 The B & K Railroad **New for 2020** – Owner: Beth & Kent Kloes
The B & K was started in 2018 with a single loop in front of the house, with Kent doing the labor according to Beth’s visions. It expanded in 2020 to the south side and back of the house, and has acquired a theme of West Virginia logging communities – Hosterman, Durbin, and Cass. It features a Climax engine (which is what was used in Hosterman, according to a descendant of that family,) and features that village in the front of the house, winding around to Cass (still under development) in back, with Durbin on the south side.
10 The Mad Apple Express **New for 2020** – Owner: David & Sherry Bush
This railroad maybe the smallest on the tour but makes the most of the space available. With plans to extend in the coming years, this railroad is worth checking out if you are close by and want to see the possibilities with limited space.