Steve Stockham· Premium Member
Honestly? I would be surprised if there is more than 15,000 garden railroads nationwide. To use our club as an example (Wichita Area Garden Railway Society), we have anywhere from 25-40 members of our club in a given year. Currently, the club has (currently existing and including past and current members) 19 or 20 railroads. We lost a couple of our better ones this past year but there are plans to "ressurect" them in new locations. Assuming that this is only half of the actual number then one can assume that the Wichita Area (including most of Central Kansas) has 80 railroads. Head over to Eastern Kansas and the number is probably about the same. Include another 40 for good measure in and around the Kansas City, KS area and you have about 200 for Kansas. Admittedly, we're not garden railway central but I do think that's a pretty good average! Obviously, the West Coast and the East Coast have more but I'll still go with around 10-15,000!