About Us

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Garden Railways is a website home for all who love working with large-scale trains — especially outside in gardens! Founded by Marc Horowitz in 1984, Garden Railways published regular issues until 2020 when it converted to a web-only presence.

Garden Railways publishes information and tips from noted author Nancy Norris about plants in for garden railroads, as well as product reviews, how-to articles, and articles and videos on layout visits.

Here's just a selection of products we offer online:

Plant index

A library, a picture index, a useful catalogue — no matter what you call it, these articles are each devoted to one plant, shrub, or tree ideal to represent a living miniature of real life. Information includes USDA zones as well as usage tips.


Product review videos

See before you buy! Watch as our staff pull-out of the box and play with locomotives, rolling-stock, and gadgets for the garden railroad.

custom-built rotary snow plow


Read our very first issue from 1982 — online. With a new website, we’re able to offer PDF-versions of our entire catalogue of regular issues.

A tablet and smart phone featuring a cover of Garden Railways