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  • 02/02/2021 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Because Nancy Norris is moving to the East Coast, The Roving Railroad's home of 11 years is going away, too. Please contact Nancy at 925-408-9402 if you have a long driveway, the end of which is appropriate for storing this garden on a trailer for running trains at future events (and in your driveway).

  • 02/02/2019 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out the March Trellis and Trestle Newsletter for dates and times for upcoming clinics. Learn how to build various aspects of your own railway by practicing on the trailer's railway. 

  • 02/02/2019 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're disappointed to announce that the show's organizer (Sherry Larsen) has cancelled San Francisco and is moving the show to Sacramento's Cal Expo. Allegedly the Cow Palace (according to Ms. Larsen) renegged on promises in their contract. On this date, their website still shows SF as venue.

    BAGRS will not participate in the show in Sacramento. Look for us at our first 2019 venue, May 4&5, Berkeley Bookfest.

    We'd like your help over these two days. See our 2019 schedule in the T&T

    Contact Lynn at

  • 01/22/2019 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This graph paper plan shows many of the displays, presentations and hands-on activities for kids and adults at the Flower Show. Show is now cancelled!

  • 11/25/2018 10:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAGRS member, Mel Thompson, shares story about garden railroading with guests.

  • 11/25/2018 10:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 11/25/2018 10:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAGRS member, Jacques Verdier, points out some of his favorite features. 

  • 11/25/2018 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 08/30/2015 7:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now that the plants are a landscape and most of the story is complete, several BAGRS members have wanted to add lighting and other animation to the Roving Garden Railroad.  If you go back several pages in this blog, you'll find that we installed plenty of conduit and wire to 5 locations on the edges of the trailer to enable future wiring of lights, smoke units or whatever to the 12-volt battery. Until now none of the wires had been connected to the battery. What makes it easier to install these items now is an easy-access panel installed by Jacques on the side of a metal building over the battery on the tongue. At present we can throw the waterfall switch to instantly see the water flow. Same for the mine train, point to point in the tunnel. The only light at present is the campfire. In the future you can wire up some fun to an existing switch.

  • 11/11/2013 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    David Mease has been adding lighting, animation and other fun projects to the trailer. Here's his progress, recently shown on October 31 after dark.
    Smoke came from the general direction of town, oh my. A Ghost train came to the rescue, thank goodness. Could the arc welder in Grif's Garage be the culprit?
    Unseen by some folks, a ghost emptied the candy bucket.
    The guy in the watch tower saw who it was. A Kermit Paul impersonator. ooohhhhhhh hahahahahahah
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