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Around Arizona: AZBTO "Trains in the Garden" Christmas Open Houses

Toy train on Christmas tree background with defocused lights.

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Calling train enthusiasts of all ages! In celebration of the holidays, fourteen homes with G-Scale Santa-Approved Garden Railroads will be on display throughout Phoenix and the East Valley for public viewing December 9th & 10th as well as 16th & 17th!

So what is a G-Scale Railroad? Building train layouts in the garden with natural vegetation and running large scale trains is a hobby that is enjoyed by people of all ages. Arizona Big Train Operators always welcome new members who may be interested in building a layout or just wish to socialize and share the experience of watching trains at monthly meetings. There are many members with years of experience willing to help share their knowledge.

The club also has a traveling display of trains running on a portable track called the “Modules” that are displayed multiple times a year throughout the Phoenix area to promote the hobby.

I'll never forget being a kid, laying under the Christmas tree with our family's train chugging along through the gifts and around the living room. These folks are taking that magic moment to the next level for you and your family!

And the best part? They are accepting donations that will be used to maintain the train layouts they have built at Cardon Children's Medical Center and The Ryan House.

Full schedule and locations can be found HERE.

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