Layout Tours

The San Francisco Bay Area has some of the most spectacular garden railways in the nation. These layouts offer a diverse variety of features that are sure to interest anyone in the hobby. We have organized self-guided Garden Layout Tours for each day of the convention.

Limited bus transportation will be available. Layouts the first two days will be open in the North Bay and we are currently working on some other special events in the area. Because the North Bay and Wine Country is quite a distance from Santa Clara, we highly recommend you consider booking a hotel in Marin, Sonoma, or Napa counties to enjoy the first days visiting these layouts, enjoying the special events, and seeing the beautiful country north of the Bay. 

On Saturday, July 8, we will hold an “Encore Day,” where any layout that was open during the convention may open once again, giving visitors a second opportunity to visit (or revisit) a layout. 

Don’t forget that on Wednesday July 13, The National Summer Steamup starts in Lodi!

Here is a chart showing the distribution of Garden Railroad layouts that were open during the 2016 National Garden Railway Convention including the pre- & post-convention tours. Layout tours for 2023 are in the process of being set up and finalized but will follow a similar pattern.