This weekend on June 9 and 10, is a garden and model railroad enthusiast’s “Dream Weekend,” as the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society (GCGRS) presents its 2012 Summer Layout Tour.
The event is free and open to the public. It is spread throughout numerous communities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Garden Railroading is a fascinating hobby wherein model railroading enthusiasts design large-scale (G-Scale) model trains to fit in their outdoor private garden settings. And many of these outdoor large-scale model trains will be on display at six layout locations Saturday (June 9) in Northern Kentucky-Southern Cincinnati, and five layout locations Sunday (June 10) in the Northern Greater Cincinnati area. The event hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Northern Kentucky-Southern Ohio outdoor train layouts will be at private residences in Walton, Crestview Hills, Villa Hills, Taylor Mill and Burlington in Kentucky and Batavia and Delhi in Greater Cincinnati. The northern Greater Cincinnati area model train layouts will be in Fairfield, Mason, Oxford, and two separate locations in Colerain.
“The artistic workmanship in all aspects of these outdoor model train layouts is remarkable,” said GCGRS President Larry Koehl, “And the appeal spans genders and generations. Model-makers enjoy the miniature buildings, bridges and diorama-like scenes. Gardeners and landscapers like the creative rock gardens and gardens with special water features plus the many small plant varieties worked into the layouts. Train enthusiasts enjoy seeing various control and power methods, as well as the wide variety of locomotives and railroad equipment. And kids like the many miniature people and animals that live in the train layouts, plus the noises the trains make and figuring out where the train might go next.”
As an added bonus for tour-takers, in addition to the 11 free outdoor displays, two indoor model train displays are offering admission discounts in conjunction with the GCGRS Tour – Saturday at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington’s Devou Park and Sunday at the award-winning EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester. (The public needs to mention they are on the GCGRS tour to receive discount admissions.)
For locations, maps, times, background and photos, the public can go to
www.GCGRS.ORG. Maps are also available at EnterTRAINment Junction and
the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Also, visit www.EnterTRAINmentjunction.com.