The Geologically Improbable Railroad is
an outdoor garden railway located in Torrance CA. The initial work on the GIRR
began in 1996, but the major developments have taken place since 2007. Set in
the 1950’s, the GIRR is an extension of the Santa Fe main line into the desert
wastelands around Geologically Improbable Mountain, the site of a unique mine.
Either coal or ore is mined from this mountain depending on which cut of cars is
spotted at the mine.
railroad is counting on a town and other business to sprout up near the line;
some construction has started but is proceeding slowly. The railroad main line
extends as a loop a little over a scale mile long between the mine and a stub
and engine yard. A wye near the entrance to the yard also feeds a branch line to
a staging and storage yard within an adjacent structure.
overall site size is about 20' x 50'. The railroad is sometimes run with a Train
Engineer controlling track power with cab control and interlocking turnout
controls. DCC control is now more common as much of the GIRR motive power has
been converted to DCC.
Equipment consists of mostly 1:29 scale rolling stock and engines from Aristo,
Lionel and some 1:24 scale stock from Bachmann, Also included is a Bachmann
1:20.3 36 ton Shay.
descriptions and materials are from George Schreyer’s website:
except where noted.