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

We run trains in the garden

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
Richard Abler
Portable Layout
Doug Kruest 
 General Information
Richard Abler
Wayne Beedle

CGRS Event Schedule

 Month/date  Day/Time  What/where
 Jan. 15  Thurs 7:30  News Table Meeting : Easterdays
 Jan. 25  Sun 2:00  CGRS Monthly Meeting : Mike Walls (building a log cabin kit)
 St James Lutheran Church, Hillard
 Feb. 19  Thurs 7:30  News Table Meeting : Easterdays
 Feb. 28  Sat 6:00  Annual Banquet : Worthington Hills County Club 
 March 7
 Sat 10:30 - 3:30
 Steam Up : Saint Anthony’s School and Church, 1300 Urban Drive, Columbus, OH
 March 19  Thurs 7:30  News Table Meeting : Winkle's - Mt Vernon
 March 29  Sun 2:00  CGRS Monthly Meeting : Madison Township Community Center (building a stone fireplace Kit
                                                   and gravity race)
 April 16
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Hills, Grandview, Ohio
 April 19
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
 Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum
 April 26
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : St James Lutheran Church (cabin doors & windows)
 May 17
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
 Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum
 May 21
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Walls, Hilliard, Ohio
 May 31
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : Spanglers, Mt. Sterling, Ohio
 June 14
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum
 June 18
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Kruest's , Columbus, Ohio
 June 28
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : Mann's, Columbus, Ohio
 July 5 - 11
   National Garden Railroad Convention : Denver, CO
 July 16
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Beedle's, Pickerington, Ohio
 July 19
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
 Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum
 July 26
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : Easterday's, Dublin, Ohio
 Aug 20
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Hills, Grandview, Ohio
 Aug 23
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
 Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum 
 Aug 30
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : Dana's, London, Ohio  (swap meet)
 Sept 13
   Open Garden Tour
 Sept 17
 Thur 7:30
 News Table Meeting : Duggan's. Dublin, Ohio
 Sept 19
   2015 Multi-Club Bus Tour - Dayton Area Railroads
 Sept. 20
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
 Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum
 Sept 27
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : Marsh’s, Carroll, Ohio (cookout)
 Sept 29 - Oct. 4
   CGRS 2015 Fall Trip to Michigan and Canada
 Oct 15
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table meeting : Klink's, Grandville, Ohio
 Oct 18
 Sun 12:00 - 4:00
 Steam Up : Chip Rosenblum
 Oct 25
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting : Foertmeyer and Sons Greenhouse
 Nov 19
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting
 Nov 29
 Sun 2:00
 CGRS Monthly Meeting
 Dec 17
 Thurs 7:30
 News Table Meeting
 Dec    Holiday party

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

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