Group of garden railway hobbyists grows in popularity in the Twin Cities

For a growing group of Twin Cities hobbyists, garden railways are a true passion
One miniature log home on Jim Shaver’s garden railway in Mound mirrors his own residence.

Shaver designed and built both himself, and the mini one still took him plenty of time to construct — about 200 hours. The home, roofed with tiny cedar shakes, is situated near a waterfall and surrounded by a forest of ferns. In front, sedum blossoms are tucked in fairy garden planters.

Since Shaver started his garden railway in 2000, he has built many of the buildings and structures from scratch — a grain mill, covered and trestle bridges, and a sawmill with a “steam donkey.”

“It’s never done,” Shaver said. “It’s a journey, not a destination.”

 

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