The Round Barn Site, one mile east of Allerton, will host the Central Iowa Garden Railway Society’s Modular G Scale layout on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The train layout will be in the loft of the Round Barn with the trains running all day. Telegraph equipment, railroad lanterns and other railroad memorabilia will be on display. The 1869 Williams School, 1887 New York Christian Church and the 1897 Queen Anne house will also be open for visitors.
The event is being held during the Allertonworld Fair. The Round Barn Site chose a railroad themed day since the town of Allerton was built specifically for the railroad. It came into existence on the completion of the Kansas City division of the Rock Island Railroad. As stated in the 1886 Biographical and Historical Record of Wayne and Appanoose Counties, Iowa, “This village was made to order, as it were. The railroad authorities decided to make a station about this distance from Lineville, and accordingly secured 160 acres of land, to be sold in lots at a considerable advance over cost. Judge Aller, of Leavenworth, one of the magnates of the road, also secured 160 acres here, and it was agreed that he and the railroad should be partners in the profitable scheme of building a town to be called “Aller town,” or, for short, Allerton.”
Garden railroading is a fascinating hobby offering many creative opportunities. G scale trains are larger and durable enough to be run outdoors. Layouts may be small or elaborate. Some enthusiasts focus on railroad history and the trains, others build model structures to enhance their layouts and others enjoy the gardening aspect and miniature plants. CIGRS members will be operating the trains and will be available to answer questions about the hobby.
In 2017, CIGRS formed a Modular Special Interest Group (MSIG) to build the modular layout and it was first displayed at the 2018 Flower, Lawn and Garden Show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. For more information about the Central Iowa Garden Railroad Society visit their website at www.cigrs.net.
The Round Barn Site is pleased to host the CIGRS Modular layout on its second outing. Admission is free will donation. T-shirts, sweatshirts and the Round Barn coin will be for sale. For more information, contact David or Jean Wampler at 641-873-4259.