Railroad Safety, History of Gibsonville, and Transportation in North Carolina
We are open EVERY Saturday between April to November from 9:00 a.m. to noon
GGRR has over 2900 feet of G-scale train track with 22 trains running at one time.
You do not need to own a train to help run trains. garden railway
You can be a GGRR member by filling out the Volunteer Form shown in the SERVICES tab at the top of our WEB page and bring it to the GGRR layout at 220 East Main Street Gibsonville NC. Every Saturday 9am-noon (April-November).
Check out this great video
Fast Mail train next to Tar Mountain logging line. outdoor g scale trains
Will GGRR track support new diesel engines?
Elon Homes for Children was founded in Elon, North Carolina, as an orphanage in 1907. In 1892, a young lady deposited the sixty-five cents in an offering plate at a church meeting and made the statement that she would like the gift to grow and become an orphanage.
In 1872 the Southern Christian Conference of the Christian Church, (later United Church of Christ) decided to open a college. They wanted to expand the existing Graham College but were unable to acquire the needed land there. The trustees were able to purchase land in 1888 at different location. The new site for the campus was selected near the North Carolina Railroad freight stop in Alamance County known as Mill Point, about five miles west of Burlington.
Gibsonville did not exist before Joseph Gibson, a local farmer, provided grading services in 1851 for the newly formed NC Railroad Company. The first train arrived on October 9, 1855 and the depot was named Gibson Station in his honor. On February 18, 1871 the state legislature issued a charter to Gibsonville.
In the early 1920’s Gibsonville changed from a village to a town when the dirt Main St was paved.
On September 10, 1950 at about 245 AM the eastbound Southern Railroad freight train #252 derailed as it passed through Gibsonville on its way from Spencer to Selma.
Tar was made by heating long leaf pine logs in a clay lined pit. Wood was stacked in the pit then covered with pine boughs and soil.
In the early 1920’s Gibsonville changed from a village to a town when the dirt Main St was paved, water and sewer systems installed, streetlights built, fire truck bought, police department expanded, and K-12 public school opened.
Orville Wright made the first powered, sustained, controlled, heavier-than-air flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina on December 17, 1903.
The Wrights knew that they had more work to do before they could claim to have developed a practical flying machine.
Fort Macon is located east of Atlantic Beach, NC, on the eastern point of Bogue Banks to guard Old Topsail Inlet (Beaufort Inlet), the entrance to Beaufort Harbor.
Gold mining played a minor role here when deposits were discovered on Gibson Hill (or Gold Hill) half mile south of town in the 1800s.
The Land of Oz was a fully functioning theme park that operated between 1970-1980 at the Town of Beech Mountain near Banner Elk, NC.
The Battle of Alamance was fought on May 16, 1771, at a site located 10 miles south of Gibsonville, NC on State Highway 62 in Alamance County.
In 1849 the North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) was authorized to build a railroad from Charlotte to Goldsboro.
Gibsonville Garden Rail Road (GGRR)Operations Policy
1. The President of the GGRR is responsible for recruiting and training Volunteers, coordinating the activities of the Volunteers, and keeping the GGRR in operational condition. For each run of the GGRR the President will appoint a Chief Operations Officer (CHOO). The GGRR-CHOO will designate Senior District Engineers Volunteers to run specific portions of the GGRR and may assign Assistant Engineers to assist them.
2. Senior District Engineer Volunteers designated by GGRR-CHOO will be qualified to operate the GGRR without GGRR-CHOO being present. Senior Volunteers will have key access to the GGRR and supervise other volunteers in their duties. They are responsible for maintaining safe operations, limiting access to the GGRR to authorized personnel, turning on and off the power supply and securing the perimeter fence.
3. Other GGRR Volunteers can only operate the GGRR under the supervision of either GGRR-CHOO or a Senior District Engineer Volunteer.
1. Town of Gibsonville owns the land, power service, and fencing.
2. GGRR Volunteers provide their own power transformers, rolling stock, structures and accessories.
3. GGRR Volunteers are responsible for routine repairs to the GGRR facilities such as track alignment, switch adjustment, model building/structure upkeep, weed control, road bed grading, and leaf removal. No changes of any kind to GGRR facilities are allowed without the approval of the GGRR President.
4. GGRR Volunteers run their equipment at their own risk since GGRR does not have any liability for damage to GGRR Volunteer equipment. Anyone running equipment on GGRR must sign a waiver of liability and acceptance of their responsibility to repair any damage they cause to the GGRR.
5. General public is allowed to operate their own trains under the supervision of GGRR Senior District Engineer Volunteers on a first come first run basis. There are no fees for operations, but a waiver of liability is required to hold harmless the GGRR.
6. All operations are weather dependent. No runs can be made if track is wet (or about to become wet), strong winds, or temperature over 82F.
Applicants must attend one volunteer orientation session. Sessions are scheduled for the EVERY Saturday of each month from April through November at 10:00 a.m. The session will last approximately 1 hour covering safety procedures, power system configuration, crowd control, and track layout.
GGRR VOLUNTEER HOURS:
April through November, EVERY Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Special operations for Fall Festival and Lighting of the Greens.
Other special events as required.
August 9, 2023