This is an annual event at 22 different homes in the metro Columbus area. Why not get out for a beautiful ride this Sunday and see a few, or a bunch! Visit and enjoy, take some pictures and post them to CMR.
If you want try this: In the comments below let CMR know where you'll start (Lunch sounds good!) and how many railways you might visit.
We could have many mini-MeetUps in a unique and fun way.
The Columbus Garden Railway Society’s free annual self-guided tour of 22 backyard garden railroads will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR ARE:
• Back-in-Time Railroad, 2791 Alder Vista Dr., Minerva Park, with a new Pennsylvania Railroad train that travels around a large pond, a village, a large farm, and lifelike figures.
• Carp Lake & Northern Railroad, 210 Ceramic Dr ., modeled as a freelance subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad during the late 1940s and ’50s with a curved trestle and railroad memorabilia.
• Cat’s Meow Railroad, 4812 Vinson Court, Hilliard, with five trains — and a ladybug car traveling back and forth among the flowers.
• Cincinnati Southern Railroad, 185 Westgate Dr., Newark, an indoor railway representing mainline railroads that served southern Ohio during the 1940s and ’50s.
• Columbus & Reeds Lake Railroad, 924 Middlebury Dr., Worthington, with four loops of track on a raised bed reflecting the 19th-century structures in East Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Crawford Valley Railroad, 5497 Crawford Dr ., featuring the town of Lily Pad Junction, which has a waterfall, a stream, a large pond, and Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy the Small Engine.
• C,S,J&T II Garden Railroad, 6111 Northridge Rd., Johnstown, with 1,200 feet of track clinging to the sides of a sloped garden with modern Santa Fe diesel locomotives.
• Disneyland Railroad, 182 E. Home St., Westerville, with a colorful locomotive pulling cars around 200 feet of track between Disney-themed buildings and plants.
• Easton Express Railway, 160 Easton Town Center, with 1,100 square feet of rail and three independent train operations on multiple levels.
• Garden Road, 76 Garden Rd., with four multilevel lines with an 1890s out-West, rural America theme.
• Kiousville-Palestine-Warnersville Railroad, 8905 McKendree Rd., Mount Sterling, with two mainlines over about 600 feet with steam and diesel engines and a railbus that encircle two ponds.
• MacKay Mills Railroad, 1433 Inglis Ave., Grandview Heights, with 630 feet of track in 10 layouts, more than 50 buildings, 150 people, and heavy plantings of dwarf conifers and rock garden plants in a handicapped-accessible plot.
• Ohio River & Western Railroad, 1421 Norma Rd., representing the early 20th-century narrow-gauge railroad with 250 feet of track centered around a rock-lined pond.
• Puckerville Railroad, 10767 Lafayette Rd., Johnstown, with a railway based on rural and small-town settings from the 1960s chugging through a two-level garden featuring 35 handmade figures.
• Puddlefort & Patio Railroad, 990 Blind Brook Dr., a railroad modeled after central Wisconsin farmland, including a trolley line.
• Recycled Odds, Ends & Leftovers Railroad, 1456 Abbeyhill Dr., Worthington, a fictitious railway heading south from Xenia through Russellville and on to Cherry Fork before returning to Xenia through the rolling hills of southern Ohio .
• Ross Herron Memorial Railroad, 417 Mary Ave., Westerville, with electronic circuitry that enables five trains to run alternately over 250 feet of track featuring three loops and scratch-built buildings.
• Runaway Railroad, 4063 Goose Lane, Granville, with a quarter-mile of track spread over a quarter-acre of layout, 14 distinct areas, with many accessories brought back from the owners’ world travels.
• Scioto River Valley Garden Railroad, 338 Robin Rd., Waverly, a raised-bed railroad begun in the spring on the grounds of a retirement community, with more than 300 feet of track, a water garden with fish, and a wooden bridge across a pond.
• Squirrel Valley Railroad, 5043 Harbor Blvd., a whimsical layout consisting of six configurations across 300 feet of track along with a sawmill, an Amish farm and a circus tent.
• Sweet Hollow Railroad, 3611 Madrid Dr., Westerville, with an Amtrak ICE (Inter-City Express) train, a Western Maryland freight train and an early American steam engine running along a 200-foot track.
• Unnamed Railroad, 2245 Sutter Parkway, Dublin, with four trains running along more than 250 feet of track based on a logging railway, featuring a pond with a waterfall and scratch-built buildings.
Maps and details will be available at each tour stop.