Miniatures in Motion 11/3


Miniatures in Motion
The BIG World of Model Railroading

Thursday, November 3, 2011
at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

A presentation by Peggy and Gary Martin of the Garden Railway Society. Included with museum admission (which is only $5 the first Thursday of every month). Free for members.

Trains around a Christmas tree or a layout in the basement, that is how many remember their first experience with model railroading. Today, Garden Railroading is leading the way in the hobby. This presentation will show the many aspects of this hobby including: How to start, local club activities, layouts, types of locomotives, rolling stock, gardens and much, much more.

Tucson Garden Railway Society – Club History

The Tucson Garden Railway Society (TGRS) was started in 1994, by a group of families wanting to   develop and increase both members and outside interest in Garden Railroading. Their first major function as a club was the construction of a large Garden Railroad layout at the Southern Arizona Home Show (SAHBA). In 1998, a Charter and by-laws established the group as non-profit organization.  Membership continued to grow. In 2007, TGRS became a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization. The purpose of the TGRS is to educate the public about large scale model railroading. We demonstrate how to build and operate large scale trains and layouts. TGRS conducts classes for those who are interested and provides displays at non-TGRS functions. Currently, there are permanent layouts at the Tucson Children’s Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens and the UMC Diamond Children’s Hospital. More information can be obtained by checking the website at

Gary and Peggy Martin Garden Railroad Biography

Gary and Peggy Martin bought their home in 1989 and moved in two weeks before Christmas.  A yearly tradition was to put an HO train around the holiday tree. Gary bought a G gauge train, which is bigger and easier to set up. After seeing a Garden Railway magazine, he started to build an outdoor garden railway. Gary joined the TGRS in l996. Today the garden railway has over 1800 feet of track, includes 200 buildings, gardens, ponds and waterfalls. It is one of the largest in Arizona. The railroad is open to the public twice a year, in November and March.

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