"G" Gauge Garden Railroad
Operated by SAGRES
The San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers Society
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Frequent museum visitors know that the "G" gauge garden railroad at the Texas Transportation Museum is one of the most delightful places at the museum. It is operated by the "San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers Society" or SAGRES. "G" gauge, or large scale outdoor model railroading, is the fastest growing area in the world of railroad enthusiasts. SAGRES operates the largest outdoor "G" gauge complex in the state of Texas. They currently run trains on no less than seven active loops at their popular site which occupies over an acre. They have two loops, plus multiple sidings, on the original layout on the ground. There are two small loops at child height at the "Island of Sodor" which was purposely built for the benefit of younger children. It is here they will find "Thomas The Tank Engine" trains such as Percy and all the rest, including, of course, Thomas himself. The latest addition to their operations is a large elevated set of tracks. This was installed and wired up in 2011. A lot more work needs to be done to make it look more attractive but that just comes with the garden railroad territory.
Visitors and Volunteers at the SAGRES Garden Railroad
2012 SAGRES president Jim Shutt greeting visitors to the "garden."
Families enjoying their visit to the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
A family enjoying their visit to the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Two youngsters enjoying "Thomas the Tank Engine" at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
SAGRES stalwart Zip Zepeda in the SAGRES "G" gauge train room
Marie Roy and Zip Zepeda carrying a restored "G" gauge railroad depot back to the layout
Ted Darling working on a large exhibit installation at the "G" gauge layout, September 2012
Visitors at "G"gauge garden railroad layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Visitor at "G"gauge garden railroad layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Young SAGRES member at the "G"gauge garden railroad layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Young SAGRES member at the "G"gauge garden railroad layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Night time shot of Eric Mena and son running trains on the SAGRES "G" gauge layout during "Santa's Railroad Wonderland" at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Youth SAGRES member Ben at the "G"gauge garden railroad layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Visitor snapping Steve Campa's Southern Pacific train on the SAGRES elevated layout
Young visitors enjoying SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Zip Zepeda chatting with museum visitors at the SAGRES layout, June 2013
"SAGRES" members at their annual meeting, February 2013
Garden Railroad Activities
Garden railroading is a hobby with something for everyone in the whole family. We can only scratch the surface of all the activity that goes on at the garden railroad at the museum. You really need to come out and see it for yourself. Parents of young children love it because the kids can run and follow the train around the huge layout. We see an awful lot of sleepy looking kids and happy moms and dads down at SAGRES.

As you can see in the pictures below, SAGRES members - and they are always looking for new ones - are some of the busiest volunteers at the Texas Transportation Museum. It takes a lot of work to build and maintain something this worthwhile. They also take their mobile layout out to a large number of events around San Antonio. Even if you don't think of yourself as a model railroad enthusiast, we know that you will enjoy seeing these large scale trains out in the open.
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General Views of the Garden Railroad

SAGRES (San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers Society) layout at the Texas Transportation Museum
"G"gauge garden railroad layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio as seen from the Longhorn & Western Railroad
The SAGRES garden railroad layout lit up for "Santa's Railroad Wonderland" at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
The SAGRES garden railroad layout as seen from the full size train passing by at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout during the winter of 2011
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout during the winter of 2011
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout during the winter of 2011
Hobo camp at the SAGRES layout
Fairmont rail motor-car at SAGRES
Three Garden Railroad Layouts

Original twin track layout on the ground

Evening shot taken in December of the main train yard at the original SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Original "G" Gauge layout at the SAGRES, or San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers Society, at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
The main train yard at the original SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
The main train yard at the original SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
A modern passenger train at the SAGRES "G"gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G" gauge train crossing a bridge at the SAGRES garden railroad layout in San Antonio
Original "G" Gauge layout at the SAGRES, or San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers Society, at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G" gauge train crossing a bridge at the SAGRES garden railroad layout in San Antonio
"G" gauge UP heritage "Katy" train crossing a bridge at the SAGRES garden railroad layout in San Antonio
"G" gauge bridge on the SAGRES garden railroad layout in San Antonio
"G" gauge bridge on the SAGRES garden railroad layout in San Antonio
"G" Gauge AMTRAK train at SAGRES, May 2012
Streamlined diesel passenger train on the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Small steam train on the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
G gauge diesel locomotive at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Night time shot of SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout during "Santa's Railroad Wonderland" at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio


Thomas The Tank Engine "Island of Sodor"

"Thomas the Tank Engine" on the "Island of Sodor" kids layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
The "Thomas the Tank Engine" layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Picture taken in a late afternoon in December
The "Thomas the Tank Engine" layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
>The "Thomas the Tank Engine" layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Percy, part of the "Thomas the Tank Engine" family at the San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers Society layout at the Texas TRansportation Museum in San Antonio


Elevated triple track layout

SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Night time shot of SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout during "Santa's Railroad Wonderland" at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Night time shot of SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout during "Santa's Railroad Wonderland" at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Steve Campa adjusting his Southern Pacific train on the SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
SAGRES elevated "G" gauge layout at Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, June 2013
G Gauge Garden Railroad Locomotives and Rolling Stock

Train operating on the elevated tracks at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G"gauge model of the Southern Pacific 794 steam locomotive on static display at Sunset Station in San Antonio
"G"gauge model of a Southern Pacific steam locomotive at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G"gauge model of a Southern Pacific steam locomotive at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
G gauge steam locomotive at the elevated SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Close up of a BNSF "G" gauge diesel locomotive at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Close up of a Santa Fe "G" gauge diesel locomotive at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Close up of an AMTRAK "G" gauge diesel locomotive at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Night time close up of an AMTRAK "G" gauge diesel locomotive at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio.
Close up of a CSX "G" gauge diesel locomotive at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio.
Close up of a Nacional de Mexico "G" gauge diesel locomotive at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio.
Trains operating on the elevated tracks at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
G gauge diesel locomotive at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
A diesel freight train at the SAGRES "G"gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G" Gauge Union Pacific heritage locomotive in Missouri Pacific paint scheme on the San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G" Gauge Union Pacific heritage locomotive in Missouri Pacific paint scheme on the San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G" Gauge Union Pacific heritage locomotive in Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MK&T / Katy) paint scheme on the San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"G" Gauge Canadian Northern (CN) locomotive on the San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
"Thomas the Tank Engine" plus other rolling stock at the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Close up of a "G" gauge passenger car at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio
Close up of a "G" gauge Southern Pacific "Sunset Limited" passenger car at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio
Close up of a "G" gauge 'doodlebug,' or self powered passenger and light freight car at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio
One of a kind "Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad" box car, just one of the many train sets representing railroad that have served San Antonio created by SAGRES member Jim Shutt
Amusing G gauge beer freight cars at SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Longhorn & Western freight car on the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AT & SF caboose on the SAGRES "G" gauge layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Track maintenance crew "pump" car at the garden railroad layout at TTM in San Antonio
Circus Train operated by Ben Saenz

Circus train owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train cars owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train cars owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train cars owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train cars owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train cars owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Circus train car owned by Ben Saenz operating on the SAGRES "G" gauge elevated layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Alaska Railroad train donated by Dave Botts

Alaska Railroad "G" scale locomotive donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
Alaska Railroad "G" scale rolling stock donated by Dave Botts in August 2013
"G" Gauge live steam days at SAGRES

SAGRES regularly invites "G" gauge live steam operators to bring their trains to the "garden." The response is always very gratifying for all concerned, including our delighted visitors.
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
7.5 inch steam powered train on display during the "G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, May 2012
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, April 2013
"G" Gauge live steam day at SAGRES, April 2013
"G" scale shay locomotive donated by the Lockwood family

The Lockwood family with SAGRES president Zip Zepeda and their generous donation of a "G" scale shay (Hill climbing) locomotive in September 2013
"G" scale shay (Hill climbing) locomotive donated by the Lockwood family in September 2013
"G" scale shay (Hill climbing) locomotive donated by the Lockwood family in September 2013
"G" scale shay (Hill climbing) locomotive donated by the Lockwood family, July 2014
"G" scale shay (Hill climbing) locomotive donated by the Lockwood family, July 2014
"G" scale shay (Hill climbing) locomotive donated by the Lockwood family, July 2014
SAGRES Mobile Layout at Other Locations

SAGRES is willing and able to take its mobile layouts to events in and around San Antonio. Parks, the botanical gardens, Sunset Station and even Alamo Plaza, no destination is too difficult and no other attraction draws attention like an operating "G" gauge train.
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout in operation at the Alamo Plaza in San Antonio
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout in operation at Sunset Station in San Antonio
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout in operation at a train show in San Antonio
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout in operation at San Pedro Park in San Antonio
The SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout in operation at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens
SAGRES mobile "G" gauge layout at Sunset Station during the visit of the Union Pacific's EMD E9 heritage train, 2012
"G" gauge AMTRAK train in front of the real thing at Susnet Station on National Train Day 2012
Jim Shutt and Conie Foster at Susnet Station on National Train Day 2012

"G" gauge rolling stock belonging to SAGRES as table center pieces during a San Antonio Mobility Coalition luncheon on the future of rail freight service
"G" gauge rolling stock belonging to SAGRES as table center pieces during a San Antonio Mobility Coalition luncheon on the future of rail freight service
"G" gauge rolling stock belonging to SAGRES as table center pieces during a San Antonio Mobility Coalition luncheon on the future of rail freight service
Garden railroading is everything you want a hobby to be - exciting, engaging, detailed, absorbing, hard work and relaxing - fun for the whole family, whether you are a kid of seven or a kid at heart at 70.
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