Columbus Garden Railway Society


MM>>HERE COMES THE TRAIN.>>OBVIOUSLY, IT’S A YARD, IT’S A GARDEN, BUT WE HAVE THE EXTRA ADDED ADVANTAGE OF HAVING A MINIATURE RAILROAD INTEGRATED INTO IT. MM WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE ABOUT 1993, WHERE WE OPEN THIS — OPEN OUR PERSONAL RAILROADS UP TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE, ONCE A YEAR AND WE’VE ALWAYS SETTLED ON THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER LABOR DAY.>>HERE COMES THE SUPERHERO TRAIN. I LOVE THAT.>>CECIL HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF HAVING THE LARGEST GARDEN RAILROAD OF ANY OF OUR CLUB MEMBERS.>>WE’RE IN DUBLIN. THE NAME OF THE RAILROAD IS THE SPARTA AND SHELBY RAILROAD. IT WAS NAMED AFTER MY HUSBAND’S HOMETOWN AND MY HOMETOWN. WE’RE ABLE TO RUN FOUR TRAINS, AND I LOVE LONG TRAINS, SO I KEEP ENCOURAGING THE GUYS TO KEEP ADDING THEM ONE AT A TIME UNTIL THE ENGINES WON’T GO ANYMORE. MOST OF THE ENGINES THAT THE LOCOMOTIVES THAT WE HAVE ARE GERMAN. MADE MY LGB PRIMARILY BECAUSE THEY’LL RUN IN RAIN OR SHINE.>>THIS IS REFERRED TO AS G-SCALE. THIS SCALE WAS PURPOSELY DESIGNED TO RUN OUTDOORS IN THE WEATHER. EVERYTHING. STAINLESS STEEL AND BRASS AND WEATHERPROOF PLASTICS SO IT DOESN’T DETERIORATE.>>AND THE CLUB HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE SPECIAL TALENTS. IN FACT, THE CLUB BUILT THE BASE FOR THIS RAILROAD. IT WAS LIKE RAIL RAISING, THEY’D CALL IT. LIKE, A BARN RAISING. MM WE LIVE IN GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS AND WE HAVE A GARDEN RAILROAD, WHICH WE’VE HAD SINCE 1996, THE BEGINNING OF. WE STARTED WITH JUST ONE TRAIN AND THEN TWO TRAINS AND THEN THERE’S MANY TRAINS. MM>>WHEN YOU GET TO ON TOP OF THE ROOF, THAT’S KIND OF A SIGNAL THAT YOU PROBABLY GONE LONG ENOUGH IF YOU’RE KEEPING TO ADD MORE TRAINS.>>THE GARDENING PART IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT — A LOT DIFFERENT ACTUALLY BECAUSE OF THE SCALE. WE — NEXT TO THE TRAINS AND THE TRACK, IT LOOKS BETTER TO HAVE SMALLER LEAF PLANTS.>>WELL, THE PLANTS ARE MY FAVORITE ‘CAUSE I DO HAVE A PLANT — IT’S ON MY — ALL MY PLANTS ARE DWARF THAT I’VE PICKED UP OVER THE YEARS. IT TOOK US SIX YEARS TO GET THIS UP AND RUNNING LIKE THIS. I HAVE TWO BARNS THAT I BUILT THAT ARE 2X4’S THAT I GLUE TOGETHER AND THEY’RE TONGUE DEPRESSORS.>>OH, MY GOSH. SO, YOU REALLY USE ANYTHING YOU SEE CAN INSPIRE SOMETHING IN HERE.>>YEAH, IT’S AMAZING WHAT YOU JUST KIND OF — YEAH. KIND OF COME UP WITH.>>YEAH.>>WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH OUR BUILDINGS IS WE’VE MADE THIS KIND OF FAMILY HERITAGE LAYOUT. SO, WE’VE NAMED THEM AFTER VARIOUS ANCESTORS.>>WOW. SO, YOU’VE SORT OF BROUGHT IT TO LIFE FROM YOUR OWN FAMILY HISTORY.>>RIGHT. IT’S OUR WORLD.>>YEAH.>>AND SO, WE PUT INTO OUR WORLD WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO US.>>IT’S VERY PERSONAL.>>EVERYBODY CAN IDENTIFY WITH A TRAIN IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THE KIDS LOVE THOMAS. THEY LIKE THE REGULAR BIG ONES TOO.>>YEAH.>>BUT, FOR THE OLDER FOLKS THEY REMEMBER. IT’S I USED TO RIDE A TRAIN. AND IT BRINGS BACK THOSE GOOD MEMORIES FOR THEM. MM>>HOW HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS AND HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED?>>MY WIFE AND I GOT INVOLVED ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. WE STARTED GOING ON THE TOURS AND JUST VISITING HOUSE TO HOUSE. AND I SAW THESE AND I WAS LIKE I’M GONNA DO ONE OF THESE ONE DAY.>>YOU KNEW THAT YOU’D DO IT.>>YEAH. IT TOOK A LONG TIME BEFORE I BROKE GROUND.>>I BET.>>AND MY FAMILY COMES FROM BAVARIA. AND I’VE ALWAYS LOVED OKTOBERFEST AND ALL THINGS THAT COME ALONG WITH OKTOBERFEST, SO I THOUGHT I’D GO WITH A EUROPEAN THEME.>>IT’S A LOT OF WORK ALL SUMMER. ONE TIME A YEAR IS WORTH IT ALL.>>ONCE AGAIN, ALWAYS, ALWAYS THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER LABOR DAY WE PLAN ON BEING HERE AS FAR IN THE FUTURE AS WE CAN SEE BECAUSE WE ENJOY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OUR CREATIVITY TO THE PUBLIC HERE TOO. AND HAVE THEM COME ON OVER AND VISIT AND SEE WHAT CRAZY THINGS CAN HAPPEN IN PEOPLE’S BACKYARDS. MM

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