Welcome to the Train Garden

at the Overland Park Arboretum


Children of all ages love trains.

They bring a sense of joy, excitement and wonderment. For “older kids” they bring back memories of another day. Almost everyone has a train story to tell and share – for some, more than one.

Experiences leave a footprint on a child’s life.

The Train Garden features a system of tracks designed for G Scale trains in three distinct layouts – The Leaky Roof Line Layout, the Strang Line Layout, and the a soon-to-be-completed layout. Imagine the thrill of seeing trains through gardens landscaped in miniature and a town created in similar size. This garden not only entertains and delights, but also shows the historical impact railroads have had in this area. Conversations are shared, stories are told, as the garden connects visitors with our community’s and our region’s rich history of railroading.

There are currently three rail lines in our Leaky Roof layout and one in our Strang Line layout. The five rail lines scheduled for the final layout will bring the total to nine! Layout terrains includes ponds and waterfalls, tunnels and bridges, hills and dales accented with miniature trees and shrubs. There’s an authentic vintage caboose to tour, the Freight House for storage and repair of rolling stock, two ticket booths for the kids to play “let’s pretend,” the Leatherwood Depot for a picnic lunch or a birthday party, a vintage railroad crossing with lights and sound, and lovely gardens of perennials and prairie grasses.

Learn a story of our community.

Trains played an important part in our area’s history. Kansas City has been and continues to be a major railroad hub. In the late Nineteenth Century, railroads like the Clinton Line (known affectionately in these parts as the “Leaky Roof” line) linked farming communities and served as connectors for the rural parts of the region. In 1906, William Strang arrived in this area with a vision of a “flood-free” community – Overland Park. The original Strang Line – an Interurban Railroad – provided transportation to and from Kansas City, and began the tremendous growth of suburban Johnson County.

Get involved.

The Train Garden has become the most popular attraction at the Arboretum. There are so many ways you can be a part of the experience – volunteer as a docent several hours each week; spread the word that The Train Garden is at the Arboretum; and make a financial contribution. We hope to see you in The Train Garden soon!

Operating Schedule

  1. 7 Days a week

  2. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  3. Weather permitting

  4. No operation during excessive heat, cold or wind.

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th Street



Adults: $3.00

Children 5-12: $1.00

Children under 5: No charge

FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM members get in free. Join today.

No additional charge for visiting The Train Garden!

  1. For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors to the Train Garden and to protect the gardens and layouts, please observe the following during your visit:

  2. Supervise your children at all times.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

  3. Look, listen and enjoy, but do not enter the train layout areas. 

  4. Do not touch or interfere with the trains or track.

  5. Sit or stand on the rock wall surrounding the Strang Line layout, but don’t run!

  6. All aboard the caboose . . . with caution!  No jumping, swinging or climbing allowed.

  7. The Depot is open to all for relaxing or picnicking unless it has been reserved for a private event.