Be sure to visit us during the 2015 L.A.County Fair - September 4-27.
We are operating trains every day during fair hours and are open for free!
Self-guided inside tours from noon to 8 PM every day.
Visit LA County Fair for fair information.
Fairplex Garden Railroad
The Fairplex Garden Railroad
The oldest and possibly the largest miniature railroad
The Fairplex Garden Railroad is considered the oldest and possibly the largest miniature railroad of its kind in the United States and possibly the world. The railroad began as a special static exhibit for the third Los Angeles Fair in 1924. It soon became a small, hand built, operating miniature train, in true 1/2 inch scale. The small railroad continued to grow and in 1935, moved out of the Fair's tent to its present 100X300-foot outdoor location where it remains today. In May of 1997, with the help of members of a local garden railroad club, the original 1/2 inch scale was replaced with what is referred to today as G gauge in the hobby of model railroading, and renovation of the miniature railroad began.
FGRR in the news
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune covered the dedication of the new Pomona Masonic Lodge Replica at the Garden Railroad:
Masonic Lodge Replica Dedication
The Daily News published a very nice article with the Garden Railroad on the front cover and an inside story as well. This article can be found at : Fairplex Garden Railroad at the L.A. County Fair
Additional links to a large photo collection and video are:
Photos: L.A. County Fair: Fairplex Garden Railroad
Video: L.A. County Fair: Fairplex Garden Railroad at the L.A. County Fair