2021 GARDEN TRAINS ANNUAL: Welcome to the debut issue of the Garden Trains Annual! We are looking forward to bringing you many exciting ideas, projects and layouts in the coming years. We love trains and we love to build things, so let’s get started!

2021 GTA Annual

2021 Garden Trains AnnualIt’s easy to start your first garden railway, combining rugged model trains and beautiful landscaping in your own backyard. The Garden Trains Annual from White River Productions is the only annual publication dedicated exclusively to outdoor garden railways! We’ll show you how to use your favorite large scale trains combined with appropriate live plantings to make the outdoor railway of your dreams. Each edition contains fabulous layout tours, detailed modeling projects, great prototype information, fresh product reviews, and more. The all new Garden Trains Annual is edited by Chris Lane, the guiding force between the popular On30 Annual and HOn3 Annual. You’ll enjoy the engaging and informative style brought to you by White River Productions, a long-time leader in the prototype railroading and hobby publishing field. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, or just looking for a new modeling challenge, you’ll find it in the pages of GTA!

A Great Time to Get Started

The State of Large Scale in 2021, by Kevin Strong

There is Something in the Attic

Or, Easy LED Lighting in Large Scale, by George G. Riley, Esq.

A Foam Foundation

Practical Bases for Large Scale Buildings, by Ray Buteux

Bringing the Great Outdoors, Indoors

A Hyper-Realistic Creek for an Indoor Large Scale Layout, by Dale & Karyn Angell

A Century and a Half Back

Modeling the Victorian Era in 1:20.3, by Dylan Hutson

Infinity Edges for Outdoor Layouts

Blending into Your Landscape + Realistic Artificial Plants, by Steve Bittinger

In the Spirit of the Pennsy X-23

From Literal Large Scale Trash to PRR-ish Treasure, by Wayne Wesolowski

All Steamed Up

A Brief Guide for New Small Scale Live Steamers, by George G. Riley, Esq.

The Yet-to-be Popular—Spring Cleaning!

Spring has Sprung. Time to get the Railroad into Running Shape, by Ray Buteux

Bluetooth, Radio Control, and Batteries

Next Generation Train Control, Dupree, Steinmetz, Rees, Sidensticker, Hughes, Riley, and Strong

From the Archives: Accucraft Mason Bogie

The Development of a Large Scale Classic, by David Fletcher

Transfer Caboose For the CNE

Battery and Sound Platform for Multiple Locos, by Ray Buteux

My Journey To Here in Large Scale

How I Became the Editor of the Garden Trains Annual, by Chris Lane

Sticks and Stains

Building a Fleet of Cane Wagons. Includes Prototype Info, by George G. Riley, Esq.

The Spokane Division of the SP

Steam and Diesel Southern Pacific in the Spokane Valley, by Jess Steven Hughes

The Garden Gallery

Photo Submissions of Large Scale Layouts and Equipment, by Our Readers

Get Started Building!

Building a Truss Rod Underframe 7/8n2 flatcar from scratch, by George G. Riley, Esq.

The Bachmann Big Hauler

The Secret Origins & Development of this Classic, by Johnny Graybeal

The Cumbres & Cat Shed Railroad

Outdoor On30 in the Northern UK? You Have to Be Crazy!, by William Longely-Cook

Heading Out to the Garden

Using the Off Season to Plan & Mock Up a Garden Railroad, by George G. Riley, Esq.

Revisiting the Deer Park Subdivision

Things I’ve learned building my Western Maryland Railway, by Steve Bittinger

36th National Garden Railway Convention

Nashville 2021 Preview, by Shelly Yowell and The GTA Staff

GTA 2021 Product Showcase

New Large Scale Releases for 2021, by The GTA Staff


Thoughts at the End, by Chris Lane

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