This society was formed in 1988 by a handful of enthusiasts who wanted a forum to share information about the construction, operation and landscaping of garden railways.

As of January 2023, we have about 90 family memberships, which are composed of many people.

Meetings / open houses are held monthly, usually hosted by a member at their home layout. Meetings are usually on a Saturday or Sunday, with the date and time being the choice of the host. The calender on this website has the exact dates and times. Members and their guests meet to see the layout, share information, swap stories and visit with friends, old and new. Food is normally served.

In addition to monthly meetings there are occasional clinics given by knowledgeable members on a variety of topics. Most years the SDGRS has a club sponsored and maintained layout at the Del Mar (San Diego County) Fair built and manned by members.

Some of our members are contributors to national model train publications. Our layouts have been featured in those same publications and have also been showcased on HGTV and other television programs both local and national.

We provide a monthly newsletter to members to share meeting notices, to share new product information, and to list other scheduled events such as train shows and conventions and more.

Our main goal is to run trains and have fun. The atmosphere at our meetings is casual and friendly. Wherever your interest lay you will find someone who shares your enthusiasm. Whether it is prototypical operations, whimsy, live steam, gardening or any other aspect of garden railroading there are people here who will feel as you do. Hints and tips are readily available. Members help each other when problems arise and advice abounds. There are also those who are willing to work with you, or for you, to plan and establish your layout, do your wiring, make buildings, radio control your rolling stock, etc. at reasonable rates.

We welcome all those interested in garden railroading and hope you will join us in the great enjoyment this hobby and the people associated with it brings.