This time of year the Garden Factory assembles its massive train display from around Thanksgiving to Christmas. Every day, the large G-gauge trains roar to life and crawl, race or chug around the massive display, entertaining kids of all ages. I include myself in this group because I am a huge train buff and I still own many model trains that I’ll hopefully put back in motion someday soon.
Most people see these trains during the day, but there is a much more intimate and magical time to experience the railroad display.
The Trains by Night
Last Friday I returned to the display after dark and spent two hours with the trains. I captured almost a half hour of high-definition footage of a handful of trains from every angle. The whole layout is softly lit from above to simulate a full moon. Miniature lights illuminate buildings, street lamps and billboards, and an incredible drive in theatre display glows brightly.
Experience the Magic of a G Scale Gold Train
This video follows the gold mining train as it departs the town, scales a mountain, crosses a long trestle, and enters a tunnel. The train reappears briefly before dashing back into the mountainside, later to reemerge back in town moments later.
Realistic Approach of CSX Engine #715 with Boxcars
The layout has many dramatic straight sections of track that, when viewed lengthwise create a stunning impression. During the day this outermost track hosts the “supertrain,” which is often as long as the layout itself. At night, however, we see a humbler yet no less spectacular train growling away through the night.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this videos and I urge you to visit the Garden Factory this season with loved ones.
While you’re there they have a huge selection of Poinsettia plants, Christmas Trees, Wreaths and other holiday decorations. They also have more entertainment and food on the weekends.