COLUMBUS GARDEN RAILWAY SOCIETY





Thank you for you interest in the
 Columbus Garden Railway Society
Open Garden Tour
Sunday Sept. 11, from 1 to 5 pm, rain or shine 






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#1       The Puckerville RR

Owners: Paul & Camille Petersen 10767 Lafayette Rd., Johnstown

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 Squirrel Valley RR

Owners: Bill & Diane Lott 5043 Harbor Blvd., Columbus

The squirrel Valley is a whimsical railroad, with over 300 feet of track. There are six different configurations, including a pond, an orchard, an Amish farm, circus tent, and several towns with stations. There is a 60 foot trolley line mounted on top of a privacy fence. On the patio is an oval of track mounted on a whiskey barrel. This garden has numerous miniature planting



#3       Easton Express RR

Easton Town Center ( front of Brio's Restaurant)

Easton Express Railway is a 1100 square foot railroad built in 2005. Trains operate 12 hours a day, seven days a week.


#4      The Back In Time RR

Owners: Pat Waddell 2791 Alder Vista Dr., Columbus

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.


#5       The Sweet Hollow RR

Owners: Don & Deb Sweet 3611 Madrid Dr., Westerville 

Sweet Hollow has just 200 feet of track tunneling through a mountain. Two 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.

#6       Disneyland RR

Owners: Lonnie Dill 182 E Home St.,  Westerville  

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.

#7         The Ross Herron Memorial RR 

Owners:  Jim & Barb Kimmel 417 Mary Ave,   Westerville 

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.

#8         The Recycled, Odds, Ends and Leftovers RR

Owners: Jim & Lorinda Shell 1456 Abbyhill Dr.,   Worthington

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.

#9         The Crawford Valley RR

Owners: Al & Bev Mann 5497 Crawford Dr., Columbus

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

#10       The Grand Rapids & Reeds Lake RR

Owners: Bob & Cora Collins 924 Middlebury Dr., Worthington

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.










# 11       The Puddlefort and Patio RR

Owners: Barbara & Richard & Abler 990 Blind Brook Dr., Columbus

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.





#12        The Sutter Park Lumber RR

Owners: Bob & Kathy Duggan 2245 Sutter Pkwy., Dublin

The Sutter Park Lumber Railroad runs 4 trains at one time on 250 feet of track. This landscaped railroad is based on a logging theme. The trains pass many scenes with scratch buildings, and a pond featuring a waterfall.


#13         The Shelby& Sparta RR

Owners: Jack & Cecil Easterday 7320 Macbeth Dr., Dublin

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.




#14         The Victorian Station RR

Owners: John & Deborah Edsall 754 Neil Ave., Columbus

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.




#15          The MacKay Mills RR

Owners: Dan & Katy Hill 1433 Inglis Ave., Grandview

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

Owners: Mike & Tracy Walls 1033 Cape Charles Dr., Columbus

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 farm community.

#17        The F & R RR

Owner: Ed Flowers 432 South Wayne Ave.,  Columbus

A 500 feet layout with 4 long trains running through an Indian village, and farm Communities.






#18       The R & P Choctaw Express RR

Owners: Ray & Patsy Chamberlain 2285 Pawnee Dr., London

The R & P Choctaw Express is a fairly new layout with 300 feet of brass track running 3 ovals


#19      The Sunburst Minneapolis & Southern II RR

Owners: Bob & Harriet Dana 2341 Pawnee Dr., London

The Sunburst Minneapolis Southern line is a recently reconstructed railroad on a raised bed, featuring dwarf Japanese maples, succulents, and a pond/waterfall.


#20     The Kiousville Palestine & Warnersville RR

Owners: Brian & Connie Spangler 8905 Mckendree Rd., Mt. Sterling

The KPW 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.