Donald and Jane Nute invite you to an open house on the Lake Town and Shire Garden Railroad. During each open house children ages six and older are trained to operate the trains. Younger children can enjoy a scavenger hunt for scenes on the layout or run a locomotive on our separate mountain division. Our address is 445 Crestwood Drive, Athens, GA 30605, and our phone number is 706-546-5462. Send email to for additional information or to get on our email list.

When consulting the schedule below, remember that dates and times may change. This is a hobby, not a business, and we occasionally make changes in the schedule when our plans change. So be sure to recheck the date and time before you come. If it is raining prior to a session, check here or give us a call to find out if the session has been cancelled or rescheduled.

The LT&S is a living railroad that has seen many changes in its 19 year history. Please look at the links above to see how it has evolved and what we are doing now.


MARCH 30, 1:30-4:00
APRIL 27, 1:30-4:00
JUNE 1, 9:30-12:00
JUNE 29, 9:30-12:00
JULY 27, 9:30-12:00
AUGUST 24, 9:30-12:00
SEPTEMBER 28, 1:30-4:00
OCTOBER 26, 1:30-4:00

The Lake Town and Shire is an imaginary railroad located in Middle Earth. The mainline roughly follows the route taken by Bilbo Baggins and his companions in J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, The Hobbit. It runs from Hobbiton in the Shire to Lake Town, a community of men once terrorized by the dragon Smaug. Along the way the line passes the towns of Dale, Gridley, Rivendell, and Bree. A separate loop runs from Dale to Lonely Mountain, and a mining tram runs from Rivendell to the Mines of Moria.

Also be sure to check Donald Nute's Steam Locomotive Photos, the Georgia Garden Railway Society, the Vines Garden Railroad in Loganville, GA, and the Canton, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad in Canton, GA.

And see the article on the Lake Town & Shire in the Athens Banner-Herald. The Lake Town & Shire was featured in the April, 2014 issue of Garden Railways Magazine.

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