We are happy to announce that beginning in January, 2022 the Fairplex Garden Railroad will again be operating trains for the public. We have been working hard since April 2020 to maintain this historic exhibit and have even used the time to rebuild and update our control systems as well as keep up with gardening and maintenance.
Our Public Run Days will return on January 9 and we will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM. Please see our calendar or visit the events page for future Run Days and other days when the Garden Railroad will be operating. Instructions will also be shown on parking and access.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid restrictions, inside tours will NOT be available. Visitors may view the trains from outside the fence on the West, North, and East side but this may change if another show is nearby.
All visitors must wear a mask when on the Fairplex campus
The Garden Railroad will also be operating every day of the 2022 Los Angeles County Fair, May 5 thru May 30.
We hope to see you soon!
THE FAIRPLEX GARDEN RAILROAD
THE OLDEST AND POSSIBLY THE LARGEST GARDEN RAILROAD EXHIBIT
First established in 1924 and moved to its present location in 1935, it was a unique example of craftsmanship utilizing hand-made replicas of real railroad operating equipment; much of which were built by local high school students. Examples of this equipment are on display in the present shop building located in the rear center of the Garden Railroad. Today, there is over 10,000 feet of operating track, double the amount in 1996, and over thirty sections with various operating equipment can be seen operating at any time, especially during the annual Los Angeles County Fair each September. The various trains and trolleys operate past several scenes depicting California history from the 1850s to present day, and wander through the mountains, over the lakes and streams, and through the gardens. The Fairplex Garden Railroad has been featured on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) television and in the hobby magazine Garden Railways, as well as many international publications in England and Europe.