Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Garden Railways

Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Every summer the Rose City Garden Railway Society has an annual garden tour.  Members open up their homes to the public to admire their amazing creations.  We didn't want to miss it this year. Sometimes the layouts are really focused on the trains, and they just happen to be outside, maybe because the yard seemed like a better space for a model train layout than their basement. Sometimes it's obvious that the owner created a lovely garden first, then decided to add a train.  But the very best are a perfect blend of trains and the miniature landscape that they pass through,  with plants selected and maintained to create a marvelous illusion. Participants vary from year to year.  They offer a booklet with descriptions of each layout and directions, which goes on sale at both hobby shops and garden centers several weeks before the tour.  This year there were 13 garden railways participating, but we narrowed it down to our most favorite ones.  Because these particular ones were very spread out, we didn't have time to see more, but it was definitely worth it.  We visited garden railways in Corbett, Vancouver, Tigard and Beaverton.
Colorado and Southern Railroad.
Colorado and Southern Railroad.
Colorado and Southern Railroad.
Colorado and Southern Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Baker and Grande Ronde Railroad.
Crooked River Railroad.
Crooked River Railroad.
Crooked River Railroad.
Crooked River Railroad.

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