Each September, the city of Wayzata, Minnesota, celebrates James J. Hill Days. To help celebrate, the Minnesota Garden Railway Society installed a temporary garden railroad exhibit at the Historic Wayzata Depot in 2006. Response to the layout was so overwhelming that the Wayzata Historical Society (who maintain the Depot), the City of Wayzata, and the MGRS started discussing the possibility of a permanent public layout. In 2008, Mrs. Virginia Humes of Duluth, Minnesota, contacted us looking for a home for her late husband’s G-scale locomotives, rolling stock, structures, and track. In May of 2009 the City of Wayzata approved our layout plan and

allocated funds to build a stone retaining wall and provide fill. The project was under way! By the end of that first summer, thanks to the efforts of many MGRS members, we had two basic loops operating. The following year saw the development of our landscaping, planting, and general refinement of the layout. Now trains run every weekend to the delight of hundreds of visitors. MGRS members can operate their own trains on our layout whenever the mood strikes.

 

                Wayzata Depot Layout