Yesterday, we went to the Fairplex Garden Railroad. I had seen this for the first time on Huell Howser’s California Gold TV show. I was astounded that all those years of visiting the Fairplex for the LA County Fair and other events, I had never once seen this railroad. What makes that even more unfathomable is that this railroad, first opened in 1924, is considered one of the oldest AND largest garden railroads in the United States.
I’m not a miniature railroad connoisseur. so naturally I was dazzled by the sheer size and detail of this thing. One of the coolest things about this layout was seeing all the miniaturized versions of buildings and locales in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. (NOTE: Downfall of seeing this is that you’ll want one in your own backyard. Adrian certainly did and this morning I woke up thinking of an ideal layout for our own train in the backyard. Evil)
The Garden is a celebration of California rail history. The small vignettes evoke how rail impacted agriculture, the cargo industry and bringing vacationers and eventual Angelenos to this part of the US. But, uh…no Chinese rail workers here.
Even though the Garden Railroad isn’t open that often during the year, I highly suggestion you work in a visit whenever you can.
Please be sure, if you do visit to make a donation to keep this running for more people to enjoy.