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Bay Area Garden Railway Society
 

Meetings & Events

Events of interest to members of the society.

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Upcoming events

    • 04/25/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Patty's House in Castro Valley- POSTPONED
    Register

    POSTPONED The BAGRS Spring Swap Meet will be held at another time. We cannot risk spreading the Coronavirus through our membership. Watch this space for further developments.

    To be held at Patty's House in Castro Valley. See the April T&T newsletter for the address or email President@bagrs.org for information.

    This is a repeat of last year’s successful Swap Meet.  There were many happy buyers and sellers last year with over 100 people attending the event. This event will be at NO COST, for vendors and attendees… All we ask is you bring something to share for Lunch. We hope to have a BBQ going if I can find some volunteers to oversee cooking up the meat. So bring salads, chips, drinks, cookies, deserts and any other potluck specialty you may have. Also bring a spare loco or car to swap… all we ask is that if you have a lot of items to sell, please bring a table. Patty has a lot of chairs but we might be a little short of table space. Set-up starts at 9 AM with lunch scheduled at noon followed by a BAGRS Board Meeting in the afternoon.


    Registering will help us determine how many burgers to buy! I hope to see everyone there!

    • 05/16/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 05/17/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Lafayette and the surrounding area

    Backyard Garden Railroad layouts throughout Concord, Pleasant Hill, Benicia and the surrounding communities will be open for tours both Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 4pm. See some outstanding garden layouts in all their glory! A listing of the open layouts will be printed in the May BAGRS Trellis & Trestle newsletter and on the postcard mailed to all members. These tours are open to BAGRS Members only so if you are not a member, Join today! Cost is only $35 per year for the entire family.

    • 06/06/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 06/07/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Fremont, Castro Valley, San Leandro and surrounding communities

     Backyard Garden Railroad layouts throughout the East Bay, west of the hills, will be open for tours both Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 4pm. See some award winning and innovative layouts while enjoying the mild weather of the beautiful East Bay! The outstanding G&O public layout at the  San Leandro Depot will be running for this event. Make sure to stop by and see what this wonderful hobby is al about. A listing of the open layouts will be printed in the June BAGRS Trellis & Trestle newsletter and on the postcard mailed to all members. These backyard  tours are open to BAGRS Members only so if you are not a member, Join today! Cost is only $35 per year for the entire family.

    • 06/20/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 06/21/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Near Felton in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    The Bay Area Garden Railway Society once again plans to have our Live Steam Oval set up during the Father's Day Weekend up at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton.  The Bay Area Garden Railway Society has a large and very active Live Steam Contingent and we love running our scale Live Steam Locomotives for the public. If you are attending this wonderful event, stop by and ask us questions and we will do our best to explain the wonders of our hobby. A highlight of the weekend is usually the Shay race where we race one of our scale Shays on our track against one of the full size Narrow Gauge Shays on Roaring Camp's track. Never a fair contest but always fun to try!

    This is not a BAGRS sponsored event but many of our members participate. 

    • 06/27/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 06/28/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • San Jose and Santa Clara Districts

    This summer tour is being held in BAGRS largest district. Backyard Garden Railroad layouts throughout San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale will be open for tours both Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 4pm. Come see some outstanding layouts. A listing of the open layouts will be printed in the June BAGRS Trellis & Trestle newsletter and on the postcard mailed to all members. These tours are open to BAGRS Members only so if you are not a member, Join today! Cost is only $35 per year for the entire family.

    • 07/08/2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 07/12/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sacramento

    Come join us at the largest scale Steam Up in California! The National Summer Steamup draws attendees from around the world to Sacramento every year. This is not a BAGRS sponsored event but many of our Live Steam contingent participate every year.

    • 07/18/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/19/2020
    • 3:00 PM
    • Children Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

    This is not a BAGRS-sponsored event but our Roving Garden RR and the Diablo Pacific Shortline along with other model railroads will be set up and running.

    What: Help needed with Roving Garden Railroad set up, running trains, and scavenger hunt. $12 attendees, free to members and volunteers.

    When: The Great Train Days, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday July 19

    Where: Children's Museum of Somoma County, cmosc.org

    See: All the volunteer projects by various model railroad clubs!

    Contact Lynn Gerber: 510-407-2822 to sign up as a volunteer

    1835 W. Steele Lane, S

    Santa Rosa, CA 95403T

    707-546-4069

    Email: info@cmosc.org
    • 08/01/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister and surrounding communities

    Welcome to the 26th Annual South County Railroad Days where model Railroad Enthusiasts allow access to their wonderful layouts for the benefit of the local Food Bank. Visit backyard gardens in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister. This is not a BAGRS sponsored event but many of our members participate for this worthy cause. Hundreds of families attend every year and you should too! Here are some Photos from a past event. This event is open to the public and you do not have to be a BAGRS member to attend. Updated flyer and map will be uploaded when available. In the mean time take a look at last year’s info...

    View 2019 Tour Book Here.

    View GOOGLE Map Here.

    • 08/08/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 08/09/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Up & Down the Peninsula from Millbrae to Los Altos with many stops between

    Welcome to a wonderful weekend of tours!... Backyard Garden Railroad layouts up and down the SF Peninsula will be open for tours both Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 4pm. The Santa Cruz area layouts will be open only on Sunday. Come see some World Class layouts, many of which have been featured in Garden Railways Magazine. A listing of the open layouts will be printed in the August BAGRS Trellis & Trestle newsletter and on the postcard mailed to all members. These tours are open to BAGRS Members only so if you are not a member, Join today! Cost is only $35 per year for the entire family.

    • 08/22/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 08/23/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • San Rafael, Corte Madera, Novato and other locations in the North Bay

    Time to travel North of the Golden Gate! Incredible Backyard Garden Railroad layouts throughout Marin County and the North Bay will be open for tours both Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 4pm. Make a relaxing weekend out of it by spending the night up in beautiful Marin County. Come see some World Class layouts in all their glory! A listing of the open layouts will be printed in the August BAGRS Trellis & Trestle newsletter and on the postcard mailed to all members. These tours are open to BAGRS Members only so if you are not a member, Join today! Cost is only $35 per year for the entire family.

    • 09/05/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 09/07/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont

    The Ardenwood Railfair held over the Labor Day Weekend is a wonderful family event featuring trains of all kinds. The Society for the Preservation for Carter Railroad Resources is located here and runs narrow gauge train rides during the event. BAGRS will have our Live Steam Oval set up with scale Live Steam trains running. The Diablo Pacific Shoreline will also have their module layout up and running with G-Scale trains. This is not a BAGRS Sponsored event but many of our members participate. BAGRS' Roving Garden Railroad will run trains Saturday, Sunday, as well as Monday.

    • 09/12/2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 09/13/2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and surrounding communities

    Welcome to BAGRS last tour weekend of the season! Backyard Garden Railways in Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon along with layouts in the surrounding communities will be open on both Saturday and Sunday. A listing of the open layouts will be printed in the September BAGRS Trellis & Trestle newsletter and on the postcard mailed to all members. These tours are open to BAGRS Members only so if you are not a member, Join today! Cost is still only $35 per year for the entire family.

    • 10/04/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10/05/2020
    • 3:00 PM
    • Just Trains in Concord

    The Bay Area Garden Railway Society's Live Steam Oval will once again be set up at the the premier East Bay Model Railroad Store... Just Trains in Concord for their Annual Open House Event. The Diablo Pacific Shoreline will also have their module layout up and running with G-Scale trains. This FREE Event is Open to the Public.

     This is not a BAGRS Sponsored event but many of our members participate.

    • 12/30/2020
    • Mailed to your addreess

    Use this link to order a BAGRS name tag for yourself or a family member.

     


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