Is a Train Running Around in your Garden?
There are voles, moles, rabbits, chipmunks, dogs, huge numbers of birds, and thousands of bugs running around in my garden. Others may have or plan to have trains with wheels running around. Trains are the epitome of fun for families, friends of all ages, and neighbors who get extreme pleasure having fun.
Many train enthusiasts go to great lengths to lay track, run wiring, and build structures as might have existed many years ago. All details are made to appear as though they are real. Most garden railroads have miniature shrubbery planted throughout the train layout. Many have waterfalls and flowers blooming included in the landscaping with rocks, roads, small cars and trucks included.
Who knows how many garden railroads exist in any country. Usually, in fall, a huge public garden train display is built on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This happens in a tent setup near the parking area at the UT Trial Gardens. Best to call first to be sure when and if the display will open this year.
The George L. Carter Railroad Museum is located on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. The Museum is located between the power plant and the Minidome. The entrance is marked by the traditional white cross-arms denoting a railroad crossing. The Carter Museum has a work in progress display of the Tweetsie Railroad. Children young or old are welcome to enjoy the Museum and jump with glee at the sight of the trains.
The main display area contains memorabilia from several railroads, train layouts depicting three different sizes of model railroads, complete with landscaping, flowers, buildings, and minute details in the same scale as the trains.
When visiting the George L. Carter Museum, expect to see trains running and Club members on hand to explain the history, details, and methods of construction used in creating the displays. For more information and hours of operation, call 423.439.3382.