The Water & Rails Pond & Garden Railroad Tour is a unique two-day event, organized by MacLean Financial Group and Rail City Garden Center.
This family oriented tour allows visitors to take a self-paced tour through some of the most impressive ponds and garden railroads in Northern Nevada. It was created as a way to showcase the beautiful ponds and immaculate garden railroads in the Reno/Sparks area, while raising money for charity.
Visit over 30 of Northern Nevada’s most spectacular ponds and garden railroads while helping raise money for ALS of Nevada and Artown. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of koi-filled ponds; delight in watching a scale model train travel 1,000 feet of track, under tunnels and through miniature towns. It’s a fun day for all ages. Along the way, pick up tips on how to create your own pond and/or garden railroad.
NEW THIS YEAR is the option to purchase your tickets with or without lunch. Two locations will be BBQ’ing on those days, at their respective homes/nursery (one location in Reno, and one in Sparks). Lunch purchasers will receive a "lunch token" when purchasing their tickets, which will need to be presented at either location on Saturday or Sunday. Tri-tip sandwiches, chicken, wine, beer, chips soda and water, cookies will be the menu. Tickets will be sold online and at the regular outlets and if you know of another business that would like to sell tickets please let us know.
Click to play this video of a Train Engineers view of the Sierra and Kettle Valley Railroads' line of service. This beautiful Garden Railroad is featured on the tour. All aboard! Size is 32mb.
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