You and your family are invited to join in the fun of large-scale model railroading. For an individual or a family, garden railroading combines many interests, including model railroading, gardening, crafts, and more. One of the best ways of learning about large scale outdoor garden railroading is by sharing the experience and knowledge of other enthusiasts. The Chicago Area Garden Railway Society is a group of friendly men and women dedicated to imparting their knowledge of this rewarding hobby.


A few garden railroad enthusiasts formed the club in 1990. Today it has about 112 memberships with 199 members located primarily in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Northern Indiana. Our members collect and operate large-scale model trains made by major model train manufacturers. Some members "scratch build" rolling stock and structures.


A monthly newsletter is published and distributed to all club members digitally or "hard copy". Each newsletter contains a calendar of events for the upcoming month(s). Monthly club activities include a member meeting, how-to clinics, model railroad shows, and visits to member railroads in the warmer months. An annual pot luck dinner is held in spring. All of these activities serve as a catalyst for the sharing process of young and old alike.

Club dues are $25.00 per year beginning January 1st and are reduced to $12.00 after July 1st.

There are many good sources of information about Garden Railroading: area hobby shops, internet sites, local library books, and best of all, other CAGRS members.



Photos Copyright 2002 - Ray Sargent