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Permanent garden railroads you can visit

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A Northern Pacific brings a short train across the bridge on the railway at Walter Anderson Nursery
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This display features 400 feet of track and a beautiful water feature.
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The landscaping on this railway was designed by the horticultural department of the college.
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The Jordan Lot Garden Railroad, located at the West Florida Railroad Museum, features special events like this Easter egg train.
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The West Florida Railroad Museum includes the Jordan Lot Garden Railroad and a 7 1/2" ride-on train for visitors to enjoy.
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The Easton Express Railway is in the heart of Ohio State Buckeye country. Each fall the railway operates the Buckeye Train.
U.S. garden railroads
Alabama

Huntsville-Madison County Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville AL 35805, 256-830-4447. Railroad operates from mid-March through December, www.hsvbg.org

Arizona

Double K Ranch (bed and breakfast with a garden railway), 3930 N. Smokey Topaz Lane, Tucson AZ 85749, 520-749-5345, www.doublekranch.com.

Gary Martin, 4625 E. Cerro De Aguila, Tucson AZ 85718. 520-299-7428.

Arkansas

The Sugg Model Train Garden, Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Rd., Hot Springs AR 71913. 800-366-4664. gardeninfo@garvangardens.org, www.garvangardens.org

California

Fairplex Garden Railroad, Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, Pomona CA. Contact the Fairplex Exhibits Department for dates, PO Box 2250, Pomona CA 91769-2250. 909-865-4231, www.fgrr.org.

Legoland, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-918-5346, http://california.legoland.com/.

The Living Desert and Zoo and Gardens, 47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert CA 92260, 760-346-5694, FAX: 760-568-9685. www.livingdesert.org

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital layout, 11234 Anderson St., Loma Linda CA 92354. Open year round. Located in the lobby of the children's wing. www.llu.edu

Walter Anderson's Nursery, 12755 Danielson Ct., Poway, CA. Contact David Ross, Manager, Walter Andersen Nursery, 858-513-4900. www.walterandersen.com

Colorado

Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden CO. Contact Alan Olson, 303-274-6092. The railroad operates primarily on Saturdays and special-event weekends, http://coloradorailroadmuseum.org/

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton CO 80120, 303-797-8565, info-hud@ssprd.org, http://hudsongardens.org

Florida

Jack and Norma Russell, 18825 Atlantic Blvd., Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160, 305-937-7225. Bed and breakfast, open every day, all year. Visitors may run trains and control switches and bridges.

Epcot, Walt Disney World, in the German pavillion, Lake Buena Vista FL. 800-445-4932, www.disneyworld.com.

H&R Trains, 6901 U.S. North, Pinellas Park FL 33781. 727-526-4682, FAX: 727-526-3439, www.hrtrains.com.

West Florida Railroad Museum, 5003 Henry St., Milton FL 32570, 850-623-3645, conductor@wfrm.org, www.WFRM.org. Contains an HO layout. The Jordan Lot Garden Railroad maintained by the Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club, and a model-railroad gift shop. The museum is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad, 3600 W Sample Road (located in the North side of Tradewinds Park) Coconut Creek, Florida. Contains elevated 3 loops of G scale, one loop is dual gauge O scale, and 1 loop of 3 rail (Lionel) O scale, also a lower kids' level G scale and a model railroad gift shop.  7-1/2" gauge ride on trains.  Open every 3rd weekend of the month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  info@livesteamers.org, livesteamers.org and Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad on Facebook.

Georgia

Vines Garden Railroad, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville GA 30052, 770-554-9697. Open Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. School field trips and daycare welcome with a reservation. vinesrr@bellsouth.net, www.vinesgardenrailroad.com

Iowa

Rock Island Depot, Madison County Historical Society, 815 S. Second Ave., Winterset IA 50273. Open May 1- Oct. 31, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. 515-462-2134. http://www.madisoncountyhistoricalsociety.com/.

Illinois

Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe IL 60022. 847-835-5440. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. after Sept. 3, www.chicagobotanic.org.

Tinley Park District Mini-golf, 16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park IL 60477-2363, 708-614-1854.

Indiana

Hidden Hill (nursery with garden railway), 1011 Utica-Charlestown Rd, Utica IN 47130, 812-280-0347. Open April through October, Fri. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. www.hiddenhillnursery.com.

Talltree Railway Garden, c/o Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso IN 46385, 219-462-0025, info@taltree.org, www.taltree.org

Kentucky

Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville KY 40213. 502-459-2181. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the remainder of the year. Trains run April 1 through November 1, weather permitting. www.louisvillezoo.org

Louisiana

New Orleans Botanical Garden, #1 Palm Drive, New Orleans LA 70124-4601, 504-482-4608. Open all year, except major holidays. Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. info@nocp.org, www.neworleanscitypark.com.

Maryland

B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore MD 21223, 410-752-2490. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on major holidays. www.borail.org

B&O Railroad Museum Ellicott City Station, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City MD 21043, 410-461-1945. Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on major holidays. www.ecborail.org

Massachusetts

The Strawberry Patch, 2550 Main Street (Route 6A ), Brewster, Mass., one mile east of the Brewster General Store. 508-896-5050. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday, May through December.

Michigan

Castle Farms, 5052 M-66 North, Charlevoix MI 497920, 231-237-0884, 231-237-0994 FAX. The facility is open daily, year round. The railroad is operational May through October, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.castlefarms.com

Fernwood Botanical Garden, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles MI 49120, www.fernwoodbotanical.org

The Wolcott House Bed and Breakfast, c/o Sean Rosekrans, 610 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton MI 48430, 810-714-4317, thewolcotthouse.com

Minnesota

Minnesota GRS display, Wayzata Minnesota Depot, 402 Lake Street East, Wayzata MN 55391, www.mgrs.org

Missouri

Battlefield Station Family Hobbies display, 220 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield MO 65807, 417-887-5592. Call for hours.

Missouri Botanical Gardens, Kemper Center for Home Gardening, PO Box 299, St. Louis MO 63166. Contact Steve Cline, director, 314-577-9561. Trains run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, April-October.

New Hampshire

Hartmann Model Railroad and Toy Museum, Town Hall Road, PO Box 165 Intervale NH 03845. 603-356-9922, FAX: 603-356-9958. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., info@hartmannrr.com or www.hartmannrr.com.

New Jersey

Railroad Garden at the Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden NJ 08103. 856-365-8733. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, www.camdenchildrensgarden.org

New Mexico

Rio Grande Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque NM 87104. Rio Grande Garden Railroad is run from January through May, Wed.- Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and October through November, Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through September; Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in December; Wed. - Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and also during the annual "River of Lights" 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Jon Stewart, Curator of Plants, at JStewart@cabq.gov, www.cabq.gov/biopark/trains

North Carolina

Bobby's World of Trains, 113 Lewis St., Gibsonville NC 27249, 336-449-7565.

Gibson Garden Railroad, 200 East Main St., Gibsonville NC. Open from April to December on the first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon (weather permitting). Special events are listed on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/16ggrrose. Structures are arranged to represent Gibsonville in 1855 and 1922, so the historic walking tour map on the town website (www.gibsonville.net/walking_tour) can be used to understand the railroad.

Ohio

Easton Express Garden Railway, Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Open year round Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The railway is free for viewing to the public and is located outdoors on the northeast corner of Town Square. Parking adjacent to display and in free parking garages. www.eastontowncenter.com

Entertrainment Junction, 7379 Squire St., West Chester OH 45069, 513-898-8000 or 800-898-4656, 513-898-8080 FAX. Open year round, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun., noon to 6 p.m. Closed on major holidays. www.entertrainmentjunction.com

Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43203, 614-645-8733, barnold@fpconservatory.org, www.fpconservatory.org. Open all year. Railroad open from May-October.

Webster Street Market Garden Railroad, 32 N. Webster St., Dayton OH 54502. Open all year, Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.dj-inabox.com/HGR/WebsterStProject1.htm

Oregon

The Children's Garden Railway at The Oregon Garden, 978 W. Main St., Silverton OR 97381, 503-874-8100. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Southwest Oregon Large Scale Trains display, City of Medford Railroad Park, Berrydale Ave., Medford OR. Open to the public 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, April through October, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Thomas Goossen, 541-665-1131, gardenloco@aol.com.

Pennsylvania

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118. 215-247-5777. Trains typically run Memorial Day through Columbus Day, then again late November through early January for a holiday display. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, till 8 p.m. on Thursday, www.morrisarboretum.org

South Carolina

Spartanburg Community College garden railway, Business I-85 and New Cut Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29305. 864-592-4600. Railroad runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the weekends for special events. www.sccsc.edu

Tennessee

Crossville Model Railroad Exhibit, Crossville Outlet Mall, I-40 Exit 320 Crossville, TN 38555. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crossville-Model-Train-Display-At-Crossville-Outlet-Center/264226957024469?hc_location=ufi

The Incredible Christmas Place (garden railroad near Bell Tower Square shops), 2470 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868. 865-453-0415 or 800-445-3396, www.christmasplace.com

Nashville Garden Railway Society display, Hickory Hollow Mall, second floor, Bell Rd. (off I-24), Southeast Nashville, TN. Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. Noon to 5 p.m. Contact Gerald White, glwhite@bellsouth.net or www.facebook.com/groups/145151582196285/.

Texas

American Wind Power Center, 1701 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock TX 79403-4908, 806-747-8734. Museum includes a permanent garden railroad. Watch a video on their website here: http://windmill.com/galleries/windenergyexperience/

Clark Gardens Botanical Park, 567 Maddux Rd., Weatherford TX, 940-682-4856. Open all year, Mon.-Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. info@clarkgardens.org, www.clarkgardens.org.

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center displays in the atrium, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine TX 76051. Trains run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan/

Houston Area G Gaugers layout, Northwest Mall, Hwy 290 at Loop 610 between Hempstead Highway and 18th Street, Entrance B, Houston TX. Primarily runs Saturdays 1 to 6 p.m. Contact Chuck or Carol Blumentritt, 281-550-8679, www.houstonagg.com.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum, 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg TX 77471. In partnership with Houston Area G Gaugers, trains run every 4th Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. http://www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org

San Antonio Garden Railway Society public layout, c/o Texas Transportation Museum, 11731 Wetmore Rd., San Antonio TX 78247. 210-490-3554. Trains run Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening hours during the holidays. www.txtransportationmuseum.org

Washington

Bellingham Railway Museum, 1320 Commercial St., Bellingham WA 98247. Contact Fred Dodd, 360-393-7540 or 360-223-5242, brm@clearwire.net. Open year round (closed major holidays), Mon., Thurs., Sat., noon to 5 p.m. www.bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org

Wisconsin

John Lamm of Jackson Inc., 2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson WI 53037, 262-677-3010. www.lammscape.com

Little Falls Railroad and Doll Museum, Catatact WI 54620, 608-272-3266, www.raildoll.org

Shady Lane Greenhouse, W172 N7388 Shady Lane, Menomonee Falls WI 53051, 262-251-1660, shadylanegreenhouse.com. Free. Call ahead to verify hours of operation.
 
Canadian garden railroads
Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club layout, Art Knapp Plantland, 4391 King George Hwy., Surrey BC, Canada. 604-596-9201. FAX: 604-596-9240, artknapp@artknapp.com or www.artknapp.com

DPR Railway, c/o, Benoit Painchaud, 703 Clauet, Thetford Mines Quebec G6G 1M6, 418-338-2627 phone and fax. Railroad is open from May-September. Free admission.

International garden railroads
Andi Engi's RhB Gartenbahn, Hotel Bellevue, CH-3823 Wengen, Switzerland, 41-079-682-05-28. Open all year. andi@engi.name, www.andiengi.com

Babbacombe Model Village, Devon England, 01803-315-315, www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Bekonscot Model Village, Warwick Rd., Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2PL, 44-0-1494-672919. Open February through November. info@bekonscot.co.uk, www.bekonscot.org/uk.

Dundee Railways, N. Balgowlah, NSW 2093 Australia. Open most Sundays. Contact David McNeil, 19 Whiting St, Artarmon, NSW 2064, 04-19-22-22-32, david@daylight.com.au

France Miniature, 25 route du Mesnil, 78990 Elancourt St Quentin enYvelines, France, 08-26-30-40, www.franceminiature.com, info@franceminiature.com

Kuhberg, Kuhbergbaude 1, 08491 Netzschkau/OT Brockau, Germany, kuhbergbaude@t-online.de, www.Kuhberg-Netzschkau.de/

Large Garden Bumblebee Valley Railroad, c/o Stefan M. Kühnlein, Postfach 100702, 95407 Bayreuth, Germany. 0170-4231127. Open from Easter through October. Call or email to arrange a time and date. bumblebee-valley-lgb@t-online.de, www.bumblebee-valley.de

Le Jardin Ferroviaire de Chatte (The Garden Railroad of Chatte), 38160 Chatte, St-Marcellin, France. 04-76-38-54-55.

Le Jaritrain, Chemin neuf, 84210 Saint-Didier, France. 04.90.40.45.18. Open April-October. Groups can be accomodated with reservation. info@lejaritrain.com, www.lejarditrain.com

Madurodam, George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ The Hague, Holland. Open all year. info@madurodam.nl, www.madurodam.nl.

Merrivale Model Village Railway and Gardens, Peter Williamson, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JG, UK. 01493 842097. Open March through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 9 p.m. from July-September. www.greatyarmouthmodelvillage.co.uk

Mini Israel, Near Latrun, between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, off Highway 1. 972-8-9222444. Open March- November. info@minisrael.co.il, www.minisrael.co.il

Minimundus, Villacher Strasse 241, 9020 Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria, info@minimundus.at, www.minimundus.at. Open April through October.

Model Railway Village Southport, in Southport, Great Britian. Visit www.visitsouthport.com. Phone 01704 533 333 (24 hours)

Neverenuf Garden Railway, managed by The Railmodelling Trust, 29/10 East Patel Nagar, New Delhi, 110008, India, www.railmodellingindia.com, railmodellingtrust@gmail.com. The first garden railway in India (1:32 scale). Schedule varies seasonally. Check website or email for information.

Swissminiatur, CH-6815 Melide, Switzerland. Open everyday March-October, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 011-41-91-6401069. FAX: 011-41-91-6401069, erik@rorsch.nl, Attn: Erik or visit www.swissminiatur.ch

Unnamed railroad, Guerlesquin Bernard, Kerilly, F-29620 Guimaec, France, 02 98 67 41 32. Please telephone before visiting.

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