We run trains in our gardens

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 membership@thecgrs.org

MEMBERS:  Fall Trip details & forms are posted.

Sold out! Contact Cecil for stand-by list

Remember when…

The Franklin Park Conservatory
was closing the Paul Busse Railway exhibit ??


Now they want to make it a permanent display!…and need your help.


An anonymous donor has put forward a challenge to the CGRS.  This person is willing to match, up to $10,000, donations that come from the CGRS towards its purchase.

Click to go directly to the CGRS donation page
Click here to go to a page for more details.

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
Bob Collins


Traveling / Display Layout
Doug Kruest

General Information
Kent Kloes

Kent Kloes

2022 CGRS Event Schedule

April 24

Sun 2:00-4:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting

Marion Train Station – tour & layout
hosted by the Hamblins
Driving Directions/Details


May 19

Thur 7:30 PM

NewsTable Meeting
** LIVE **
Location:  Deb  Sweet home

May 29

Sun 2:00-4:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting
Monthly Event – small scale gardening – Mark Passerrello, Ancient Art Bonsai

Location: The Sweet Home
Driving Directions/Details

Need plants?  see details & bring $

June 16

Thur 7:30 PM

NewsTable Meeting
** LIVE **
Location:  Easterday Home

June 19th – 25th

Garden Rwy Convention 2022
Denver, CO  

June 26

Sun 2:00-4:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting
Monthly Event – 
Buying metal buildings – good idea?

Location: Perry Ratliff Home 

Looking to the future
CGRS Monthly Meetings

July 31

Sun 2:00-4:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting

Jim Shell – scratch-built buildings

Aug 28

Sun 2:00-4:00 PM

CGRS Monthly Meeting

Swap Meet – Buy, Sell, or Trade

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 meetings@thecgrs.org

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