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Bay Area Garden Railroad at San Carlos Hiller Aviation Museum

The Exciting Annual Meeting 2024 of Bay Area Garden Railroad

March 9 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

About the Bay Area Garden Railroad

The waist-high track of the Bay Area Garden Railroad Society hosts live steam locomotives, perfect for running in any backyard garden. These locomotives operate on a butane-fueled fire, boiling water to generate steam that powers the pistons, mirroring the technique used in full-size locomotives for the past 180 years. Visitors can marvel at various old-time model steam locomotives chugging along the track, emitting delightful plumes of steam as they go.

2024 Annual Meeting of the BAGR Members

PROGRAM OUTLINE (8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

  1. Breakfast (8:00 – 8:45)
  2. Annual Business Meeting & Member Survey Results Summary
  3. Guest Speakers
  4. BAGRS in ’24 – New Areas & Open RR Scheduling
  5. Concurrent Clinics/Forums (You will be able to attend 3)
  6. Lunch (12:00 – 1:45)
  7. Member-Vendors selling quality previously owned equipment
  8. BAGRS Live Steamers operating
  9. Model & Photography Contests
  10. Door Prizes
  11. Social Time to ‘Meet & Greet’

Overall – Less Time Sitting in General Sessions – More time interacting. Designed to embrace the varied interests of members old & new


REGISTERING 2 FAMILY MEMBERS: All BAGRS Memberships are family memberships covering adults & children living under the same roof. Each membership can register 2 family members.

REGISTERING PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS: Memberships can also bring one prospective member as a guest. They will be registered by the Society and the guest fee of $40 applied to your account. The fee will be refunded to you if the guest joins BAGRS by March 31, 2024

Please send an email to both of us if you want to bring a prospective member.

Email Mick Spilsbury | Email Ray Turner 

About Membership with BAGR


Just $40 per year for a FAMILY membership (You do NOT need to own a garden railroad)

Register for Family Membership


Perks for Members


We are one of the oldest and the largest garden railway society in N. America. Our members have a potpourri of railroads – steam powered, track powered and battery powered – compact to extensive – complex to simple – extensively to lightly planted. Many members just enjoy other members’ railroads, including serving as part-time engineers!


From April to October, across 10 Bay Area counties, members open their railroads for other members to enjoy. Open railroads are also a great way to learn best practices about building and operating a garden railroad.


Our 40 something page monthly digital magazine features stories and images about our railroads and how to articles covering every aspect of garden railroading from laying track to powering locos to plants that work well on railroads in the Bay Area.


We are a friendly group. Some members have been with us for 30+ years, many for just a year or 2. Some are families, some individuals. Some are building their first railroad, while others are nationally recognized modelers. Still others have no plans to build a garden railroad; they are happy just enjoying our 125+ railroads.

New members are warmly welcomed and are the recipients of as much advice about garden railroading as they can absorb!


‘Swap Meets’ are an opportunity to acquire equipment at great prices. A very active ‘Live Steam’ group welcomes members interested in running live steam locos. An annual meeting features how-to clinics. Opportunities to meet other members that live near you are facilitated via 7 ‘BAGRS Areas’.

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March 9
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Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070 United States
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