The Central Iowa Garden Railway Society has regular monthly meeting at which we discuss members current projects, hobby news and the latest products on the market. A program is presented at each meeting, either by one of our members, or by someone brought from outside the organization. The programs generally cover some element of the hobby, from the history of local and other railroads, to rolling stock, to track work, to miniature gardening. The business end of the meeting is usually kept to a minimum.
The club encompasses all facets of this fascinating hobby, and includes electric operation, battery-powered equipment, and trains that actually run on live steam. Most of our members have, or hope to have G gauge or Gauge 1 railroads in the gardens, backyards or basements.
Meetings are typically held on the third Sunday of the month, with the specific dates, times and program topics announced in the Telegraph, our monthly newsletter.
Club members are encouraged to involve themselves in any of a variety of functions, including special model railway exhibitions which are staged in the area, CIGRS also has a Modular Special Interest Group(MSIG). This group is open to all members and engages in construction of bench work, scene development, scratch and kit building of structures, learning about various power sources for running trains and bringing the layout to life. Contact us to learn more.