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G-scale Garden Railways

In an article in the February 1999 AARP Bulletin by Walt Duka is the statement that garden railways are sprouting up across the land. Since being introduced into the United States in its modern form in the 1970s, the hobby has grown likea weed. Russ Larson, publisher of Garden Railways magazine has been tracking model railroading for 30 years. The garden variety, he says, is "generating a lot of excitement." One indicator is the fact that his magazine has grown from 18,000 to 35,000 subscriptions in the last three years.
Track gauges commonly used in the garden are:
Gauge 3 2 1/2" or 64mm
Gauge 1 1 3/4" or 45mm
Gauge 0 1 1/4" or 32mm
Garden Railways magazine offers a free 14-page booklet entitled "Beginning Garden Railroading." Call them at (800) 554-0197.
Club directories are available from the following Web sites:

  • Garden Railways MagazineThis is the site for the Garden Railways magazine. It also has links to other sites.
    Garden Railways magazine is published bimonthly by Kalmbach Publishing Co.,21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612. Phone: 414-796-8776.
  • Hartland Locomotive Works
    American Trains from an American Company, P.O.Box 1743, 3022 North State Road 39, LaPorte, Indiana 46350. Phone: 800-362-8411.
  • Lehmann Big Trains Click on the English language version.
  • LargeScaleOnline. This site has a online magazine, chat groups and a members area.
  • Phipps Conservatory
    During fall and winter months Phipp's popular Garde Railroad is on display in the South Conservatory.
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    One Schenley Park, Pittsburg, PA 15213
    Hours:Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays