Our club is for those interested in "G" Gauge or Large Scale model trains. Although the Club has a portable indoor train module and some members have railroads inside, the emphasis of the club is on Gardening Railroading.....building a miniature railroad in your yard and incorporating live miniature plants (thus the "Garden" part of Garden Railroading) for more realistic look. Membership is $30.00 per voting member a year.
Community involvement is important part of our club. We currently maintain the Large Scale Railroad that is suspended from the ceiling in the crossover from the garage entrance to Children‘s Hospital on Kingshighway in St. Louis. The GGRRC provides quarterly maintenance on the trains, which run 15 hours a day. We meet on the requested Saturday usually at 8:30 AM. Parking is free with a validated ticket obtained on the 2nd floor. We meet just outside the elevators on the second floor. The hospital maintenance department will have the large storage racks with all the cars and engines available, also tables set up for us to use as work benches. We clean each car and engine replacing worn wheels, light bulbs and at times more experienced member overhaul the engines. Experience is not required, as other members will share how to do the required repairs. One of the highlights of the day is conversing with the children and relatives and seeing how much they enjoy the trains. On these days they can get really close to the trains.
The Club has two meetings per month at members homes. An informal gathering is held on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:00 AM. to 1:00 PM. and lunch follows at a local restaurant. A more formal meeting is held at 2:00 PM. on the third Sunday of the month and snacks are served afterwards.
Big-Trains are commonly referred to as "G" gauge or Large Scale. Unlike HO scale, big-trains are not a consistent scale. Big trains are a variety of scales: 1:20.3, 1:22.5, 1:24, 1:29, and 1:32. What they all have in common is that they all run on the same width track. "G" gauge track is 45mm or roughly 1 3/4 inch between the rails. But don't let this be a problem. Big train enthusiasts run different scales on the same layout.