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Welcome to the SDGRS website!



Our annual election is in October, where we elect 50% of the board of directors. The ballot is in your last newsletter as well as instructions.

You may vote in one of 3 ways:

1. Attend the October meeting and vote (use this ballot and blank ballots will be provided)

2. CLICK HERE to download a ballot and mail to:  SDGRS Election c/o Andrew Kann 4340 Viewridge Ave, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92123

3. Email a ballot (format not an issue) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bored? Read up on what other clubs are doing:

We have updated our online archives of newsletters from other clubs, click RESOURCES on the main menu above. The BAGRS (Bay Area Garden Railroad Society) and the RCGRS (Rose City Garden Railroad Society) have 3 years of monthly newsletters archived here. Remember, you must be a member, and be logged in to this site to veiw them.

Don't have a login? Read down further!

Check the calendar:

This is updated before anything else. 90% of the questions sent in are answered on this page, and in the calendar.

Member's layouts

All members are invited to submit pictures of their layouts, and we have space on the web site for everyone!

Check out the newly posted pictures of Gene Cooks railroad: http://sdgrs.com/pictures/member-s-layouts/gene-kim-cook

New May-June Garden Railroad eNews newsletter:

The official site is: https://grnews.org/

Here is the direct link:https://dl.orangedox.com/GRNews-May-June2021

SDGRS is also hosting the Garden Railroad eNews newsletters (as we host 7 other garden railroad newsletters)  as a member convenience, they can be found under "resources" or CLICK HERE Note: only members who are logged into this site can access the other 7 club newsletter archives. If you are a member, and need a login, read down.

New for sale items

2-8-8-2 Mallet, LGB track cleaning car, etc. Please follow the RESOURCES -- FOR SALE menus, or click here

New "virtual open house" video:

Justin Rennilson made this great video for us "housebound" enthusiasts!

View it on the Rennilson page (CLICK HERE)

Navigating this web site:

Notice the menu items on the top, the calendar, resources and member info. There's a lot of information there. Also you can use the search menu at the top right to find things you are interested in.

Note: there's a lot of information on the site, the SDGRS bylaws are posted, member's layouts, etc. Just "explore" a bit!

Things to do during Covid:

We have lots of newsletters from other clubs on our site, under RESOURCES, please log in (or get your login, see bottom of page)

Read some of the online magazines, like Steam in the Garden  www.steamup.com

Take your rolling stock out and check your wheel gauge (cheap calipers can be had at Harbor Freight), lube the axles.

Make a little test track, or even 6' of track to check out your locos. Bachmann makes inexpensive "rollers" to let you run your loco in place.

Visit some of the forums online like www.gscalecentral.com, www.mylargescale.com

If you have not renewed your SDGRS membership for 2020, don't worry, your 2020 dues are good for 2021!

 Membership has it's privliges, join and enjoy more about SDGRS: http://sdgrs.com/membership-info/application

Login to this site to unlock more "goodies":

Please note the login "boxes" at the bottom of the page. Please contact me to apply for a login yet, or have login issues.  email me directly to get your login or help: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . When you login you will have access to all our back newsletters, the current newsletters and newsletters from several other clubs. You can also access the member list for contact information. Note: not all members have their contact information listed, it is by their choice. If you need to reach an "unlisted" member, please contact me, Greg.

Need help? Have a question?

For members only (you need your login), see questions and requests for help from your fellow members. New? This is a great way to ask for help by posting a request where all the membership can see. Look in the RESOURCES menu, or CLICK HERE.

Also, please check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sdgrs. Again you need to be a member in good standing to join the group.

Members: this site is for you!

We are working hard to make this site fun, and also useful. We have started a "Tips" page (look under FAQs on the top menu). Feel free to email me with any suggestions how we can make this site easier, more fun, etc.  Regards, Greg   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

New events are added to the calendar all the time, so check there! Most events are also provided with a map, and you can get directions, and more information by clicking on an event.

If you know of a train-related event that should be on the calendar, email me, Greg, or any board member.


Updated: click on the RESOURCES menu above, and then MEMBERS LAYOUTS. A lot of pictures have been added, there are about 26 layouts shown. We are currently working with Rick Blank to add many more layouts and pictures. If you want your layout there, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get you "on the air". If your layout is there, but needs more/updated pictures, email us. In fact if you have ANY suggestions, email Greg. This is here for your enjoyment and we are not done yet, by a long shot.