Free Rails in the Garden tours



In their 12th year of tours, the Tucson Garden Railway Society is offering their annual Rails in the Garden tour for free on March 7 and 8,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  See 16 model railroad layouts all over town.

All info with maps, descriptions of the layouts at:

This year the tour will be FREE as the Tucson Garden Railway Society’s way of thanking our visitors for your support and generosity over the past 12 years of this event.

Donations will be accepted at each location.  See map below of the entire tour. There is a larger one online, which is interactive by clicking on the specific locations. We’ve been to the Double K Ranch one out east, and it is amazingly well crafted and intricate.




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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Spent an hour this morning checking out two midtown train displays on Cooper Street and Calle de Jardin. The first was amazing with several areas including a Western theme (cowboys & Indians, a One Track (gold) mine with a river running through it, and a circus (Big Tent with circus music even). Very clever, intricate with about 6 trains running. The 2nd was less elaborate but cute nonetheless with a Missions in Sonora theme, and 2 locomotives running, the Southern Pacific Union (of course) and a Big John coal locomotive. They had some technical difficulties (blown fuse) but rectified the delay soon thereafter. Entoy this free, family-friendly activity till 4 p.m. today.

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