Arizona Big Train Operations open backyard railroads for annual Christmas tour

The Arizona Big Train Operators (ABTO) will hold its annual “Trains in the Garden” Open House and Tours during two weekends in December.

This year’s tour includes the indoor train layout at the Cardon Children’s Medical Center, along with 14 ABTO members’ homes, where the public can see the backyard G-scale railroads in action. The homes are located throughout the Valley, including in Mesa, Glendale, San Tan Valley and more.

Children of all ages enjoy seeing these layouts, the AZ Big Train website states.

Most of the displays will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday—December 12 and 13 and 19 and 20. Check the website, for printable timetables, maps, directions and any announcements about closures or running times.

While admission is free, voluntary donations will be accepted at each layout. The donations go to support ABTO activity, particularly the maintenance of the layouts at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

According to open house organizers, “We welcome new members who may be interested in building a layout or anyone who just wishes to socialize and share the experience of watching trains.”


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