How to Grow Your Own Garden Railway
Above and left: John from Windsor, NSW, has created this railway wonderland from his memories as a carpenter for British Rail.
The amount of fun you have with your Garden Railway doesn't have to be directly related to the amount you spend. On the other hand, the more you spend, the greater your potential for having fun. Different people derive their enjoyment from different aspects of the hobby; some from custom designing and building their own scenery and little buildings, others from assembling DIY building kits and personalising them to fit in with their own ideas. The possibilities are endless and the potential for fun grows with every change you make or item you add.
Garden Railways are now a $100 million per year phenomenon in the USA. This amazing backyard pastime is far from an eccentric diversion indulged in by "fanatics and nut cases". Ordinary people rub shoulders with doctors, lawyers, engineers and academics, finding common ground through their shared interest in little trains that run around their gardens.
In Australia, Garden Railways have been around for more than 35 years. During the last 15 years, local interest has grown rapidly, resulting in many families turning their backyards into little railroad empires. There are Garden Railway clubs in most capital cities where members meet at least once a month at members' homes to share ideas and help each other. Usually there's a barbecue as part of the afternoon or evening and many strong friendships develop over these beautiful gardens. Your fun grows along with your Garden Railway.
You don't have to be an expert gardener or mechanical genius to own and enjoy one. The best thing is that no matter what your skill level, others in the hobby treat you as an equal and accept you. So if you're looking for something new and different with the potential to enrich your lifestyle on a long-term basis, you've found it right here.