Visit in April to watch the garden wake up. It’s a fun time to see the behind-the-scenes action of the display being rebuilt from its winter slumber. By mid-May the garden comes completely alive with multiple trains running, historical displays and nature all around.
The Railway Garden is an outdoor G (Garden)-scale model train garden that tells the amazing story of America’s steam engine history and its impact on the United States civil war, expansion west and the industrial revolution. The garden landscape is a varying topography of mountains, canyons and prairies. The garden is home to a large collection of miniature conifers. Check out these resources to learn more about the plants, trains and historic displays.
- almost 1 acre
- elevation 14 feet
- 7 train loops
- 6 water features
- 850 tons of limestone
- 500+ plant varieties of conifers and woody plants
- 3,000 lineal feet of hand-laid track
- 30 handcrafted metal and wood bridges
- 1 water reclamation system – The permeable walkways filter rain water for water features and irrigation system.
Handicapped and stroller-accessible walkways encompass the entire garden. Benches are also provided.
The Railway Garden is open May to September with trains running from 9 am to 5pm. Trains do not run in inclement weather, including strong winds. If weather is questionable, call 219.462.0025 day of your visit to verify trains are running.