This exhibit is approximately 100 feet long by 300 feet long (about the size of a football field) and boasts over 9,000 feet of track.
Approximately 10 miles of wire connect the 4 main lines and all trains, trolleys and highway vehicles are supervised by one control operator who is located in the control building near the center of the layout.
The theme of our exhibit is ‘California Discovered—The Role Railroads Played in the history of California’, and many areas and buildings on the layout reflect actual places in California.
You will notice an area which depicts an early Los Angeles neighborhood which includes a mission-style church and various Hispanic businesses.
You are now in the central portion of the layout. To your left you can see the control operator.
There are many scenes including the oil field and below you, California Western Days – a whimsical collection of all things Western.
You can see the view of the entire garden railroad layout from the east end of the exhibit. The mountain is visible to your left.
You can see the scene depicting the Mountain Lowe Scenic Railway which was completed in 2014. At the lower left, the desert scene depicts Borax mining in early California. The exit is ahead as you leave.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to visit us today. A donation box is available at the exit gate should you care to help us continue this world-class garden railroad.
Main Street, U.S.A.
This area stretches the entire 300 foot length of the Garden Railroad and begins with the Old West in the East end and ends up with the Children’s Interactive Area which is located near our main entrance gate.
In both of these areas, children of all ages may push buttons to operate trains.
Some of the highlights to see in this area are the Mission San Luis Rey, the switch yard, the packing house, the civic center and a shopping mini-mall.
As you move down the fence, you will also see models of historic buildings including the Pomona Mayfair Hotel, The Pomona Fox Theatre, the Pomona Train Station, and the VanDeKamp bakery store.
This is our tribute in honor of those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001