Rose City Garden Railway Society – Annual Railway Tour (Pt 1)

The Rose City Garden Railway Society hosts an annual tour, where members open their home garden railways to the public. This year there were 13 railways on the tour. We didn’t have time to see them all, but visited seven. All-in-all it was a very enjoyable day.

My goal for this trip was to look at structures and scenery to get some ideas for my own railway. (See The RGSO Page) I was not disappointed, as there were numerous, great examples of buildings, bridges and plants.


IMGP0765A nice Town Lattice Covered Bridge on the Whisky Creek & Bear Mountain by Ron & Merlene Bacon.




IMGP0796There were a lot of these square water towers in the various railways (explanation to follow). I have similar plans from Large Scale Online which I plan to build at some point.




This is a nice engine shed and service facility area on the Lone Pine & Western of Tom & Betty Gaps.




IMGP0808Also from that railway is a small cattle pen and loading ramp. (This would make a fun weekend scratch-building project!)





I think this is a coal loading facility, although it could be for ore. This is on the Bearspaw Southern created by Warner & Brooke Swarner.




IMGP0810I like this whimsical winery, also on that railway.





IMGP0815This is a nice station building from the Baker & Grande Ronde.

This railway is the creation of Gary & Jonette Lee. Gary runs clinics during the winter months for club members. He preps kits of materials, and the participants build the structure at the clinic. Thus, many of the railways have (some) similar or identical buildings.

The next post RCGRS – Part 2 will describe various plants and scenes that I particularly liked.

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