South County Garden Railroad Tour Benefits Community Pantry

Five garden railroads in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister welcomed guests during the annual Community Pantry benefit. Guests not only included garden railroad enthusiasts, but local car clubs, cyclists and garden groups explored the layouts while enjoying a pleasant summer weekend day.

Waves of visitors marvel at trains, scenes and animation featured on Nigel and Margaret Mallinson’s Mount Madonna Railroad (Mark Edwards, image)
A Bachman 3-truck Shay negotiates along a seasonal stream on the Rocky Hills Railroad. This third layout configuration was completed in 2015. Roger and Donna Stump’s Hollister layout was featured during the 2016 National Garden Railroad Convention, and annually for the South County Garden Railroad Tour (Mark Edwards, image).
The Elia Family Railroad in Gilroy features strategic placement of scale plantings, rockwork and structures, This detail rich layout makes effective use of the available space (Mark Edwards, image)
Each detailed scene of the Mount Madonna Railroad tells another story. This is one small view of a completely new section added to the railroad since 2017 (Mark Edwards, image).
The scenes, sounds and animation of the Mount Madonna Railroad captivated guests and invited them to spend more time viewing the railroad. What might happen next? (Mark Edwards, image).