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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 postponed.
The LT&S is al living railroad that has seem many changes in its 18 year history. Please look at the links above to see how it has evolved and what we are doing now.
2017 OPERATING SCHEDULE
MARCH 25, 1:30-4:00
APRIL 29, 1:30-4:00 (DATE CHANGED)
MAY 20, 9:30-12:00 (TIME CHANGED - IT'S GETTING HOT!)
JUNE 17, 9:30-12:00
JULY 22, 9:30-12:00
THE REST OF THE SEASON IS CANCELLED FOR HEALTH REASONS.
CHECK BACK IN JANUARY FOR OUR 2018 SCHEDULE.
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 Lake Town, a community of men once terrorized by the dragon Smaug, to Hobbiton in the Shire. 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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