Riding into the Garden
One of the more obscure (and expensive) hobbies these days is garden railroading, combining miniature trains with elegant gardens in the back yard. Gail and Jerome Klink have track winding for a quarter mile behind their house in central Ohio. The engines and cars are 18 inches long and run on G-gauge track, which Jerome clarified as “not ‘g’ for ‘garden’ but the German word ‘gross,” for big.” He added, “They have garden railroad groups in all 50 states and Europe as well.” The couple throws their grounds open to the public at the holidays, and they attend national conventions that bring in 1,500 enthusiasts. “It’s a hobby for retired people,” Gail said.