published Friday, May 13th, 2011

Garden railroads picking up steam in Dalton

G-scale model train hobbyists from across the country will travel to Dalton, Ga., this weekend for the Southeast Garden Railroad Show, one of just five such shows held in the country.

Garden railroads are one of the larger sizes of model trains. Garden landscaping typically provides the backdrop for the realistic scenes.

Thirty vendors will sell and show railroad collectibles and memorabilia at the show.

There will be a train-themed art show, several clinics on model railroading and five, full-scale, operational model train layouts to enjoy.

New this year will be O-scale trains and vendors.

The show is scheduled 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road.

Admission is $10 per day for ages 17 and older; free for younger visitors. A two-day pass costs $18. A $2 coupon is available at

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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