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The Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society provides a means for its members to share, learn and enjoy the hobby of large scale indoor/outdoor model railroading with others. Garden Railroading is a fun hobby and the GCGRS is oriented toward fun for the entire family


The GCGRS was founded in 1990 by a small group of garden railroaders and has grown to over 60 families, the majority of whom live within 100 miles of Cincinnati. We operate on the premise that garden railroading is a hobby for the whole family. The structure of the organization is kept as informal as possible to maintain the emphasis on FUN. Meetings consisting of brief business sessions, presentations, programs, clinics, and discussions are usually held the third Saturday or Sunday of each month at a member’s home, place of interest, or meeting room.


The GCGRS has members whose interests lie in plants, locomotives and rolling stock, indoor and outdoor layout construction, live steam locomotives, radio and/or digital control, fish ponds, our modular display and the camaraderie of joining together, sharing those interests and developing new ideas. Whatever aspect of garden railroading, chances are one or more GCGRS members are willing and eager to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise. To gain further insight, GCGRS members continue to explore and learn about new facets of the hobby


Members can be involved in our award winning modular display and our live-steam table at area train shows as well as other events. The GCGRS membership was an integral part of the planning and building of the Train Journey at EnterTRAINment Junction, and continues to develop and maintain the 25,000 square foot layout. More information is available at Currently, the GCGRS is building and maintaining a garden railway outside EnterTRAINment Junction for use by the membership. Monthly work sessions take place to care for the layout.

Membership Benefits

Learn about the fun, family hobby of Garden Railways and Large Scale Trains!
Monthly meetings featuring visits to member garden railways & informative programs!

Monthly Newsletter – The Branch Line

  • Available online (in color) or by mail (b&w)
  • Archived Newsletters Online

Access to Club Garden Railway

Purchase raffle tickets at monthly meetings for G-Scale train equipment and other items.

Access to Club Video Collection – over 100 videos!

Purchase branded shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, decals and other merchandise from the GCGRS Company Store

Club Projects

EnterTrainment Junction
Holiday Junction
Rail Raisings – great way to learn!

Club Events

Annual Picnic – food, fun. prizes
Annual Swap Meet
Christmas Party – food, fun. prizes
Train Excursions
Garden Railway Tours
Clinic and Programs

Special Interest Groups

Modular Train Display
Live Steam Group