The Sacramento Valley Garden Railway Society is the Garden
Railroad Club for seven Counties in Northern California.
Our members live in Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Sacramento, San
Joaquin, Sierra, and Yolo Counties.
The club was formed in 1989 to help garden railroaders and
potential garden railroads build operate and maintain miniature
trains indoors and outdoors.
Since its founding in 1989, the Sacramento Valley Garden Railway
Society has helped garden railroaders enjoy the back yards even
more with large scale trains running through them. Sounds of
trains running through loops of greenery enhance the entire
garden experience. We now have members in Butte, El Dorado,
Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo Counties. The
wide geographic area permits our members to construct replicas of
lumber, mining, farming and urban railroads or all of these — or
none of these! After all, the railroads belong to the members.
Much as we enjoy sharing photos with the public, when it comes to
private SVGRS events and personal layouts it’s nice keep photos
within the club. Please feel free to post your own photos here
for your fellow members to enjoy. Contact
us and we’ll help you post your photos (or post them for
Large Scale Trains are generally powered by electricity, but some
are actually powered by STEAM! Some members have live steam
engines pulling the cars on their railroads. Some members
operate their engines and trains on a portable modular layout,
similar to those of their “sparkie” friends.
Another way to enjoy Garden Railroading with old and new friends!
Modules are small tables designed to interconnect to form a much
larger railroad display
These modules are about four foot square, and designed to be
light-weight and portable. The layout itself is double tracked
approximately 16 by 30 feet. The group usually sets up at home
and garden shows, train shows, the State Railroad Museum,
Some tables are flat, and are decorated for the season, while one
corner module consists of a mountain with tunnel and a flowing
The Special Plant Reproduction interest Group (SPRIG) is our
newest SIG. Since gardens are a major part of garden railroading,
plants are much more important to garden railroaders than to
“indoor” model railroaders.
Many garden railroaders want plants to be in proportion to the
railroad locomotives and cars that wend their ways through back
yard plantings. This is sometimes a hit or miss success, with
many different things affecting the success of our plants.
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