Garden Railroads

Check the list for garden railroads in your area that are open to the public

By Rene Schweitzer

Photography by Sean McCormick


state by state list of public garden railroadsKentucky

  • 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.


  • Minnesota GRS display, Wayzata Minnesota Depot, 402 Lake Street East, Wayzata MN 55391,


  • 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.,

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,


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


  • 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,


  • 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,


  • 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.

Originally published in Garden Railways magazine, June 8, 2011