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LAYOUT TOURS

Layout Tours

 

The Convention will have, for your enjoyment, a number of home layouts spanning the full range of scales and gauges.  Local tours will be offered during the hours of 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the convention week.  Layout owners will select which days they wish to be open and not all layouts are open each day.  Primary information about each layout can be found below.  The Convention Timetable will contain a map of the Kansas City area with generalized locations of each local layout.  Names and addresses of each layout owner and the days they will be open will be listed.  You will navigate to each layout using your GPS, the maps app on your phone, or maps on your I-Pad, Surface, or computer.  Layout maps and printed directions will not be available as they have in previous conventions so come prepared to join the digital age!

 

In addition to the local layouts, we will have some layouts available in areas you may be traveling through to reach Kansas City.  These layouts are listed below by city and are generally open before or after the Convention.  Be sure to check each layout for available days and times.  These layouts will not be open during the regular convention days.  If you are interested in visiting some of these layouts, you must request the addresses by e-mail—mileshale@sbcglobal.net.  When we receive your request for a particular city, we will forward those addresses to you.  Again, you will navigate to those layouts with your GPS, maps app on your phone, I-Pad, Surface, or computer.

 

Operating Sessions

 

If you are interested in joining an operating session on some of the finest layouts in the Kansas City area, we will have that opportunity available for you.  Operating sessions will take place during the Thursday afternoon layout tour time of 1pm to 5pm.  There is limited space available.  If you are interested, please send your request by e-mail—mileshale@sbcglobal.net

.  We will let you know if we can accommodate you. 

 


CONVENTION LAYOUTS


Floyd Brittian, MMR

The Midland Valley, HO.   The Midland Valley is in a 20' x 46' space fully 100% complete using EasyDCC.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

 

Ron Morse, MMR

The Forks Creek & Central and The Coyote Gold Tram, HOn2 1/2.  The Forks Creek & Central Railroad has been under construction since 1984 and is 100% complete. It is basically an around the wall layout that contains two continuous loops. The layout is set in the turn of the century era in the Colorado Rockies during the fall of the year.  The primary theme of the railroad is gold mining and milling with most of the motive power being geared steam locomotives. This layout was featured in the June, 1998 Model Railroader Magazine, the May/June 1998 NG&SL Gazette and October 2008 issue of Scale Rails. The backdrop for this railroad was hand painted by Ron which includes rounded corners, special lighting, fascia, and drapes. The layout abounds with animation. Also on display is one of the few surviving modules of the ‘G’ scale (1/24=GN42) Gold Creek Railroad (see Model Railroader Magazine, May 1998) which includes the Morse Mercantile (see Model Railroader Magazine, May 2002).  Ron is a Master Model Railroader (MMR-159) who has been published nearly 40 times in the Model Railroad Press. Ron and his wife Vicki own and operate Morse Productions (a company which has produced model Railroad Detail parts since 1985). Included on the tour are the manufacturing facilities of Morse Productions.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

 
Kevin Leyerle
Oklahoma Kansas & Texas (OKT) - MKT, HO.   The OKT-MKT models operations on the former Rock Island in Central Oklahoma in the 1980’s.  The layout is about 600 sq. feet with a main line run of about 120 feet.  Benchwork, Track and Wiring are 100% complete. Scenery is about 20% complete with most buildings being mock-ups at this point. I use Easy DCC command control with wireless throttles. All locomotives are equipped with sound. Handicapped accessible.

 

 
Steve McKee
RGS & DRGW RR, On3.  This is a 38’x46’ Miles Hale custom designed freelance railroad based on the RGS & DRGW in southwest Colorado in the San Juan Mountains. It features a beautiful backdrop painted by Larry Patch. This layout is built in the middle of the 2200 sq ft basement. There is about 440 ft of track with a minimum radius of 38”. Its 220 ft when walking around the layout so there is plenty of room for visitors. The track and #6 switches are all from San Juan Manufacturing except the 3 way stub switches in the yards which are railway engineering. Maximum grade is 3 ½”. The elevations go from 45” to 59”. The era is the 1950’s and will feature mining and a lumber line and will be operational later on. All the rock castings, of which there are many, are Joel Bragdon’s Geodesic Foam scenery using his latex rock castings some of which are 2’x3’. The layout has about 4 years time in on it so far. As of May 1 all the rock castings are in and I’m starting on coloring them now working around 4 bridges, the large one is 72” long and was built by Henry Lee as were a number of the buildings. I did about 95% of the work on the layout and the rest was help from several friends of mine. It features the NCE DCC system for power with wireless throttles. Benchwork, track/wiring are 100% complete, scenery is 50% complete. Handicapped accessible. 

 

Doug Taylor, GMMR
East Broad Top & Pennsylvania RR, HO/HOn3.  32' x 48'.    Pennsylvania circa 6/24/48.  The entire EAST BROAD TOP RAILROAD is modeled, from dual gauge Mount Union to Robertsdale, including the Shops at Orbisonia, & Saltillo with the NARCO branch.  All motive power and most rolling stock are in operation with sound and Northcoast control.  The Pennsylvania runs from Mount Union to Pittsburgh.   At Altoona, most trains get helpers for the 4% climb up the 4 track Horseshoe Curve.   Heavy Pennsy steam at its best with long passenger trains, and longer freights.   CTC80 control.  The 35 year old layout is 99% complete in a finished air conditioned basement.  Not handicapped accessible.

Jon Percy
Buffalo & Pittsburg, N.   30' x 41' in two rooms.  The N Scale Buffalo & Pittsburgh is a regional railroad operating in New York and Pennsylvania within a few weeks of startup in 1988.  Using 1st-generation locomotives leased from CSX and purchased second-hand, crews service multiple large and small industries along the 272' mainline and on the 109' Northern Branch.  Two, 40-car daily road freights feed the two yard switchers and three local switchers.   The track plan, schedule, and switchlists replicate the prototype’s and the scenery and structures are being constructed to realistically depict the originals.  The track plan is point-to-point with a visible staging yard at each end.  The layout is on two levels with terrain carved from foam.  Track is mostly Atlas Code 55 with a B&P-unique way of throwing the switch points.  Trains are operated by GML Enterprises DC walk around throttles and controlled using verbal warrants and Direct Traffic Control. Benchwork, track/wiring, and basic terrain are 100% complete; scenery is about 15% complete. Not handicapped accessible.

 

Jim Eudaly, MMR
Hinton Division of the C & O, O.  The Hinton Division of the C&O in O Scale is in a separate building 35' x 50' with 9' x 12' Dispatchers Office containing a rebuilt US&S CTC Machine. The layout has a fully signaled, double track mainline run of 775' (seven scale miles) and is operated with an NCE DCC system using all radio throttles with telephone communication between road crews and dispatchers and is 100% complete. All engines are sound equipped.  Handicapped accessible.

 

Joe Ringbauer

Chessy System, HO.  This is a freelance steam railroad based on the prototype in pre-1960’s central Illinois, Chicago, and Indiana.  It includes lots of industrial operations.  The railroad is 20’ X 34’ with a 20’ extension for a large yard.   Benchwork and track/wiring are 100% complete.  Scenery on the main section of the railroad should be complete by convention.  Scenery on the yard extension is not done.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Doug Bronson & Frances Tate

Bronson Tate & Sons Lumber Co., F.  Outdoor, turn of the century logging railroad.  The layout is approximately 75’ X 14' with total trackage of about 500’  Mainline is approximately 150’.  100% live steam, all geared engines are manual control and rod engines controlled with servos. There is a 4% grade exiting the yard and lumber camp.  Structures are both scratch and kit built.   Handicapped accessible.

 

 

Larry Alfred, MMR

SPSF & D&RGW, O, Rio Grande Southern, On3.  Full basement, around the wall, 220' mainlines on both standard gauge and narrow gauge.  Basically, two separate but intertwined layouts.  The viewer never sees both at the same time, with one exception.  When entering the room, the viewer sees a "shadow box" with both railroads stacked one above the other.  Otherwise, when the standard gauge is seen, the narrow gauge is behind the backdrop.  When the narrow gauge is seen, the standard gauge is below.  Scenery allows the transition between vignettes.  The narrow gauge represents the RGS in the late 1940s, including Ridgway.  Also, included is a freelance mining and oil operation, the San Juan Mining & Petroleum Co.  Standard gauge includes SPSF and D&RGW in Denver-type industrial setting in mid-1980s.  This allows switching operations. Benchwork is approximately 95% complete with an additional peninsula planned.  Track and wiring is approximately 80% complete, with mainlines complete and some sidings left to complete.  Control is with NCE-DCC.  Approximately 10 to 20% of the scenery is complete.  Scenery is primarily Colorado mountains. Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Peter Ellis

Rio Grande Southern, Sn3.  My current version of the RGS is set in the late 40's and depicts the route between Rico and Vance Junction. The main areas modeled are Rico, the Ophir Loop and Vance Junction.  The area between the Ophir Loop High Line and the Butterfly Trestle (bridge 44A) is 80% sceniced and includes the following:  Ophir Loop bridges 46C, 46B, 46A, 45B and 45A, as well as the Alta Mine Tram House, Ophir Depot, Mrs Skillens House, Oulton Club and the Silver Belle Mine. So far several hundred trees have been planted with many more to come.  Rico is under construction with some scenery and trackage in place along with several of the railroad buildings.  At this time the Vance Junction benchwork and some track has been laid but remains very much a work in progress.  Benchwork for the modeled area is 95% complete.  After first considering the PBL sound system, I have now opted to convert the layout to DCC. The area between the Rico northern yard boundary and the Vance Junction limits has been converted to DCC and will be operational. At this time Rico is an ongoing process which may not be fully complete by the time of the convention.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

 
Mike Fyten

Kaw Valley Railroad, S.  Based on the Kansas City, Kaw Valley and Western Railroad, a line that ran from Kansas City, KS, to Lawrence, KS.  A short line set in the fifties, the line has both steam and diesel motive power.  Point to point operation, 85 turnouts, code 100, 83, and 70 of mostly had laid track.  Benchwork, track, and wiring are complete. Scenery is about 70% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Chuck Hitchcock, MMR

Argentine Industrial District Railway, HO.  The railroad is approximately 28' X 50'  in an around the wall configuration modeling prototype industrial areas of Kansas City circa 1960. Control is accomplished by the use of Easy DCC wireless throttles. All  engines are equipped with Soundtraxx sound with the switch engines using Tsunami's which add the brake function.  The AIDRY is set in the fall of 1960 because I wanted to preserve the colorful paint schemes of the 13 railroads operating in KC at that time. Also preserved is the use of 40' box cars being used in grain service, ice bunker reefers the principal mover of perishables and livestock be transported by rail.  The railroad is 100% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Paul Richardson, MMR

Purgatory & Devil River RR, HOn3.  This 22’ X 57’ railroad is set in southwestern Colorado in September 1957 and includes really nice, hand-painted backdrops.  Benchwork is 80% complete, track/wiring is 80% complete, and scenery is 20% complete. Not handicapped accessible.   

 

 

Ken Jenkins

Rock Island Clay Center Line, HO. My layout is based on the Rock Island Railroad from McFarland, Kansas to Belleville, Kansas.  It was the bridge line between the Chicago to Denver and St. Louis to Tucumcari Lines.  I could not do all 13 towns so I did 7.  The towns are Manhattan, Riley, Clay Center, Morganville, Clifton, Agenda and Belleville, Kansas.  It is Circa Fall 1969 when the US was exporting grain to Russia via Ft. Worth and Houston Texas.  So much of the traffic is grain to Texas ports.  The Union Pacific has a crossing with an interchange with Rock Island in Manhattan, Kansas.  The Missouri Pacific had a crossing with Rock Island in Clifton, Kansas but no interchange.  The track arrangements are as close to prototype as I could do with the limited space. Structures on my layout are based on the prototype and are scratch built or kit bashed.  Depots are all scratch built to Rock Island plans.  Grain elevators are built to look like the prototype.  All the benchwork, track, wiring is 100% complete.  Scenery is 85% complete and structures are 95% complete.  I use Digitrax, DCC to power my layout.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

David Jacobs

Serendipity & Western/Michigan-California Lumber Co., O/On30. This layout includes a completed O gauge layout with incredibly detailed scenery and structures plus a completed On30 layout featuring the Michigan-California Lumber Company in great detail.  Mark Twain would mostly feel at home here with shays, climaxes, and a heisler.  Everything on these layouts is very well thought out and highly detailed.  The two layouts are beautifully integrated together.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Paul Holmes

Gilpin & Blackhawk, HOn30/HOn3. The layout is a based on the Colorado & Southern in the 1920s.  The Gilpin section serves two mines and includes a stamp mill with full interior detail.  The Gilpin shay serves this section and pulls scratch built mine cars.  The HOn3 section features Black Hawk with scratch built structures, Forks Creek and a little Jefferson.  The scenery is 90% complete with very nicely built structures and details.  The layout has a SoundTraxx sound system and the layout room is finished, well lighted and has carpeting. Not handicapped accessible.

 

   

Mike Borkon
Union Pacific’s Wyoming Third Subdivision, HO.  This 2200 sq. ft. layout is a single deck, walk around model RR with approximately 450 linear feet of double track mainline, set in Southwestern Wyoming from Rawlins to Granger in the fall of 1956.  It is a busy time on the UP with the fall perishable rush in full swing with expedited 30 car reefer blocks delivering produce from California and the Northwest to eastern destinations.  Add in westbound forwarder merchandise and drag freights and the result is a robust lineup of mainline action.  Traffic is governed under rule 251 with working ABS semaphore signals.  Motive power includes steam, first generation diesel and turbine power all equipped with Tsunami locomotive sound decoders controlled by DCC (Digitrax) and it might arguably be considered the finest of the transition era in model railroading.  Yes, there is a narrow gauge branch line on the RR!  Railroad is complete from the perspective of benchwork, track and wiring.  Scenery is only 10%.  Somewhat handicapped accessible—3 steps.

 

 

Pete Bellos (now deceased) and Tedy Bellos

Rio Golara Southern, Sn3.  The room is 15' X 20' and the layout takes up about 85%. The layout models an extension of the Rio Grand Southern during the first half for the 20th century.  Tedy will be selling everything on the layout, - buildings, trees, cars, rolling stock, etc.  Also, kits, books, buckles, RR memorabilia, magazines, lots of small parts & items still in the packages and much, much more.  The whole basement will be set up to sell. The railroad will not be running.  Somewhat handicapped accessible—1 step, not enough room for a wheelchair.

Ray Brown

D & RGW, HO/HOn3.  This 24’ X 28’ layout models the D & RGW from Salida to Sergeant in 1905.  Numerous structures are scratch built.  Digitrax powers the layout.  Benchwork, track and wiring are all 90% complete, scenery is 20% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

 
Gail Gish

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, 1/8” Standard and Narrow Gauge.  This live steam 1/8” scale railroad runs 5000’ plus of dual gauge track through some well maintained and beautiful scenic areas. You will want to see the narrow gauge large scale equipment on display and some of it in operation. The detail is fabulous and complete.  Enjoy a ride on the rails!  Handicapped accessible.

 

 

Dr. Vance Reed and George Hanson

Foggy Harbor & Eastport/The Great Dismal Swamp Camp #9, N/On30.  The Foggy Harbor and Eastport N scale layout is approximately 2/3 finished, and has a small amount of Nn3 trackage for wharf service.  It is a representation of Eastport, Maine, the Northeastern most point in the US, and the fictional town of Foggy Harbor.  The layout portrays the fishing industry, dairy and ancillary industries of this area. Located on the shores of Cobscook Bay, Maine, this super-detailed layout has all the charm of a small city coupled with the industrial side of the fishing industry in 1948, and showcases the railroads that serviced them and were the industrial heart of Washington County.  This layout is noted for the quality, variety and volume of scratchbuilt structures, it's numerous watercraft and background art.  The F.H.&E. has been featured numerous times in N Scale magazine, and is an excellent illustration of the level of detail that can be achieved working in N scale.  The F.H.&E. occupies it's own 12X18 foot room with lighting designed to highlight the area.  The Great Dismal Swamp Camp No.9 is a portable 4.5X6.5 ft. On30 layout. It will be totally complete and functional for the tour.  It is a showcase of scratch-building skill, illustrating life in a swamp logging main camp, with company store and the facilities needed by loggers returning from the cutting camps in the swamp.  The equipment is at the end of it's useful life, but the shop foreman is creative and keeps it running.  The Great Dismal Swamp was first logged by George Washington and lastly by Moses White into the early 60's....quite a history, and a very innovative logging operation.  This will be running with sound and multiple pieces of rolling stock, however the feature is the camp, not the actual logging operation....that will come later.

 

 

Paul Myers, MMR


The Platte Valley Northern Railroad, HO.  Set in mountainous terrain with small to moderate sized towns lies the free-lance railroad called "The Platte Valley Northern", a growing project that covers mostly the period between 1945 and 1960.  The broad span of time was chosen to give the maximum latitude for the most enjoyment of both steam and diesel operation.  The basic venue is that of a small regional carrier, during transition from steam to diesel, with a branch line mine and logging operation.  The Platte Valley Northern motive power consists of steam locomotives and diesel and is all Alco.  Branchline and industry locomotives are diesel.  There are also logging locomotives, Shays, Climaxes, and a Heisler.  Three small industrial areas include manufacturing and distribution complexes, distribution and canning operations, and a citrus distribution center.  There are a number of smaller business concerns, machine shops and shops in the local towns.  There are the usual small service businesses in the town of Athenry, including restaurants, dry goods stores, a glass shop, and a law office.  The cities include Athenry, where the PVN is based, Santa Maria, and a small mining town atop a mountain.  Some of the commercial buildings are shadow, background buildings, and the RR yard has the most prominence.  There is also a mining complex including a mine shaft building, mine hoist house, foundry, machine shop, mining offices, service businesses and living quarters for the miners.  The logging operation is located next to the mine and the logs are transported to the valley below the mine complex to the saw mill.  The logs are cut into lumber and rail transported to the lumber company in Santa Maria.  The railroad is all DCC, with some sound, and it uses Tortoise motors for most turnouts.  There are several lighting elements, as some of the buildings are lit, and there are also street lights. Benchwork is 100% complete, track and wiring 75% complete, and scenery 50% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Fran and Miles Hale, MMRs

The Union Pacific (1 1/2”)/Uintah (F)/ KCS (On30).  We have three railroads in use.  The Live Steam is in the backyard and is ride-on ready. Come feel the wind in your face.  The F scale model of the Uintah Railway is in the Garden but not on the garden.  All the track is elevated to 40” so that running and maintenance are easier and much more fun. The entire Uintah system is modeled for operations.  The Kansas City Southern’s West Bottoms of Kansas City are modeled in the 20’ x 26’  indoor “Train Room” with On30 running the streets and alleys of the bottoms area. Big city buildings dwarf the trains and make for interesting operations by the train crews.  The live steam and F scale railroads are complete.  The On30 is under construction and partially running.

 

 

 

Fred and Carolyn Stephenson

Blue Mountain/Big Run, Sn42/On30.  Visiting this home will give you multiple facets of railroading and modeling in general.  Fred’s Sn42 Blue Mountain layout is a 100% complete 42” X 72” model with Victorian downtown and industrial area based on buildings in Chelsea, MI.  Carolyn’s On30 Big Run layout is also 100% complete, 82” X 106” and includes downtown, industry, and farm areas.  There is also a z scale layout in the attic of a doll house which includes both residential and industrial areas.  You will also see several furnished dollhouses in various scales and numerous miniatures displays.

 

 

 

John and Carol Carr

J. C. Railway Company, G.  Construction on the JCR started in 1997, with a major expansion in 2001. This well established layout is designed to give you an All-American cross-country train trip along the way. You will find manufacturing, farming, bridges and a tunnel. All the buildings, bridges, and tunnel are scratch built, as are the accessories and some rolling stock. Scenic features include a pond, Alberta spruce, plants, groundcovers and herbs.  The railroad is 22' X 37' with two active tracks and a total of 265’ of track.  Curves have a 10’ diameter and 5’ radius,  The ballast is 4” deep and 6” wide.  The railroad is 100% complete.


Mike, Tomei

 

ATSF Albuquerque Subdivision, HO.  This 27’ X 24’ layout is double-decked with 315’ of mainline.  It models ATSF operations from Belen to LaJunta with main focus on Albuquerque and also features Amtrak #3 and #4 in the 1990-1992 era (early Superfleet era).  Bench work is 100% complete.  Wiring is operationally complete, not yet signaled or night time lighted.  Scenery is 100% roughed in and 60% finished.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Bill Scheerer

 

B & O Monongah Division, HO.  The layout occupies a 480 square foot space and is a freelanced version of the B&O between Terra Alta and Parkersburg, WV.  It has a single track mainline with B&O Color Position Light (CPL) Signals.  NCE DCC Control with locomotives 100% sound equipped.  Benchwork is 100% complete, track and wiring are 99% complete and scenery is 1%complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Larry Tiffany

 

Union Pacific South Platte Division, HO.  The layout is a 21’ X 31’ model depicting a freelanced Union Pacific from Council Bluffs to Cheyenne in the 1960’s.  Benchwork, track and wiring are 100% complete with scenery about 60% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Brad Morneau, MMR

 

Indian Ridge & Crystal Lake Railroad, HO.  The IRCL is set in the late 1950's. It’s located in Northern Minnesota and started out as a logging railroad. Unlike most other logging railroads, it managed to survive and expand beyond logging into limited mining and other general freight work and lived on into the mid-20th century. The majority of its locomotives are steam.  Bench-work: Part of the layout is shelf style, hanging off one wall. The other part is a free standing curved wall structure with the layout hanging off both sides. The wall curves into a folded dog-bone. Bench-work is 85% complete with only three siding areas left to build.  Track: Track is hand-laid code 83 including all turnouts and is roughly 45% complete.  Scenery: 40% complete.  Wiring & Control: The railroad uses Digitrax DCC. All turnouts are controlled by Tortoise switch machines. All of the control panels are recessed into the fascias and use LEDs and micro-DPDT switches for turnout position and control.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Don Ball, MMR

 

Stockton & Copperopolis RR, HO.  The layout is approximately 1200 sq. ft.  The Stockton & Copperopolis is an 1895 California short line serving the wheat and produce communities of the central San Joaquin Valley. The railroad runs several passenger and freight trains carrying wheat, produce, fruit and miscellaneous goods. Structures and cars are both kit- and scratchbuilt. Layout operation is by timetable and train order with 10 operators being a normal crew.  Percentages of completion for benchwork - 100%; track/wiring - 98%; and scenery - 30%.  Handicapped accessible.

 

  

Mike McLain

 

MKT Northern Division 1981, HO.  The layout size is 26'X 56’.  I model the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, or commonly known as the Katy, in the year 1981. I model the Northern Division, which encompass the states of Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The Katy was a bridge line so I have a yard called Glen Park that is in Kansas City, Kansas. Glen Park takes in transfer jobs from the Kansas City staging yard. These transfer jobs could be from the following railroads: ATSF, BN, SSW/SP, UP, CNW, KCS, MILW, and MP. I model the MKT main line from Kansas City to Muskogee, Oklahoma. There will be run through trains from CNW, MILW, and UP railroads. The main classification yard is at Parsons, Kansas which is 34 feet long. There is a branch line that goes from Parsons, KS to Chanute, KS.  At Chanute, a 44 ton switcher switches the Ash Grove Cement plant. The Santa Fe worked the plant in the morning and the MKT worked Ash Grove in the afternoon which I model. Eastern rail traffic comes from St. Louis, MO staging yard to Parsons Yard.  The benchwork is 100% complete. Track/wiring is 100% complete. Scenery is 60% complete. The layout is featured in the 2014 issue of Great Model Railroads.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Gary Davidson

 

Cedar Gultch & Southern RR, On3.  The Cedar Gulch & Southern R.R. is a fictional branch line off the DRG&W R.R. outside of Chama which is the main yard on the railroad. This layout is multi-level with a hidden staging yard with 6 tracks for storage that represent Durango, Farmington and Antonito.  Trains coming out of the east of staging go through Carbon Junction on the main level to Chama then correct to CG&S branch line or trains come out of the west end staging pass Cumbres to Chama. The CG&S climbs up through three tunnels on a 1 ½ turn 3.5% helix to the upper level where the CS&S haul ore from the mines to the stamp mill and some logging off another branch up into the forest.  The layout is around the walls with a peninsula and a swing gate to cross over to Farmington and has over 300 feet of track at this time.  We are using NCE system to control the layout with Tsunami locomotive sound decoders.  Handicapped accessible.


Eric Goodman

 

Santa Fe Emporia Subdivision, HO.  The Santa Fe Emporia Subdivision is a 1600 square foot railroad representing the line from Argentine Yard to Augusta set in 1995.  This railroad features long ATSF manifest trains, lots of hot intermodal trains and plenty of Super Fleet power for Super Service.  The main yard stays busy classifying the manifest trains and working the intermodal and automotive trains that have setouts and pickups at Sunflower Lift.  The large refinery complex at El Dorado will keep a local operator busy spotting and pulling cars.  Surrounding the bottom level of the helix is a unit train capable grain elevator complex and mill.  About half of the locomotive consists have one or more contest winning models that are detailed to ATSF specifications.   Mainline operations are controlled by a Dispatcher recording train locations on a Dispatcher’s Sheet and verbal track warrants over a family radio service radios.  Benchwork, track, and wiring re complete.  Scenery is just starting.  Not handicapped accessible. 


Joe Kasper

 

BN Marais Division, N.  This 2500 square foot railroad models Burlington Northern 1985-87 from Lincoln to Springfield.  Focal point is Murray Yard in ansas City, Mo. Partially double decked with a 600’ mainline run.  Operating layout using Rail Command and CMRI based CTC signaling.  MKT will have trackage rights Glen Park to Paola, KS.  Benchwork is 100% complete, track and wiring are 90% complete, no scenery.

 

   

Joe Klos

 

D&RGW, HOn3.  The D&RGW is 13' X 15’ and represents the period prior to 1950 with only steam locomotives.The layout includes the roundhouse at Central City, Durango Station, and all of the town of Ophir.  The railroad is 100% complete and includes partially hand laid track and switches.  Handicapped accessible.

 

 

Joe Robertson, MMR

 

Piper Valley Railroad, HO.  This fictitious railroad is set in the 1960’s.  The name comes from a small creek, Piper Creek, which ran next to our farm in Southern Missouri.  This creek served as a bathing place, a place to fish, and a place to swim.  It holds many fond memories as a child and became the name of my railroad.  The Piper Valley is a fully scenicked railroad in fall colors with the setting in the Missouri Ozarks.  To date, there are 150 trees on the railroad with several more to be added.  The railroad occupies a 26’ X 33’ room in the basement.  There are 185’ of mainline track with passing sidings in each of the cities.  Turnouts, 80 of them, are Peco and are powered by Tortoise machines.  There are two hidden storage areas totaling 214’ of storage tracks.  Minimum radius is 30 inches with one curve at 28 inches.  Grades are 1.8 percent, making for the running of medium size trains.  Digitrax DCC powers the railroad.  The railroad is 100% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Mike Kane

 

South Park, Sn3.  This Sn3 layout is 19’ X 13’ with a center aisle.  The layout time period is the late 1800’s to early 1900’s with a Colorado mountain mining theme.  Benchwork is complete.  Some track and wiring are still need to be completed--about 50% done.  Scenery is about 60% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.



Stephen M. Priest, MMR

 

Santa Fe-St. Louis Division, HO.  This 90’ X 40’ layout is Steve’s new layout after moving into a new home a couple of years ago.  It depicts a route from Kansas City to St. Louis to Chicago.  At this point the layout is about 30% built with about 20% of that sceniced.  The layout is handicapped accessible.

 

 

Mike Porter

 

Chicago Great Western Railway, HO.  Layout area is 75' X 35'.  The layout depicts the 60's in North West Iowa when covered wagons ruled the CGW.   In addition there are four satellite operations: The Fort Dodge-Des Moines Southern RR, The Chicago North Western RR, The Minneapolis and St. Louis RR and the Rock Island RR.   The model railroad is completely operational and has 30% of the scenery completed.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

John Vandenberg

 

D &RGW Durango Division, HOn3.  The Durango Division is an HOn3 layout that depicts Southwest Colorado at the height of Narrow Gauge operations.  The layout occupies most of a 900 sq foot basement and is a double deck railroad to maximize the limited space.  It is designed and built with a focus on railroad operations, but with all of the charm, attention to detail, and fine model building that narrow gaugers are known for.  The railroad extends from Chama (a staging yard) through Gato, Ignatio, and Allison on the lower deck to Durango.  The branch to Aztec and Farmington is also located the lower deck.  The upper deck includes the highline to Silverton.   Also included on the upper deck is the Silverton Northern extending from Silverton to Animas Forks. The Durango yard spans 20+ feet and includes a full 10 stall roundhouse, engine service, and a classification yard north of the station.  The Rio Grande Southern is also included with a short run to the Doloris staging yard.  

The Durango Division is built to represent the era from 1948 to 1953 so the San Juan passenger train and the pipe trains to Farmington can be included.  The Railroad operates with 6-7 people on a fast clock to represent 3 eight hour operating sessions.  Digitraxx provides the Digital Command and Control.  All of the benchwork and track are in and all of the hardshell for the scenery is completed.   The finished scenery is about 40% complete.

 

 

Shelly Levy

 

San Juan & Tellurton Railroad, On3.  This 20' x 35’  railroad includes about 300' of track.  It depicts 1930 - 1940 era Colorado and the San Juan Mountains.  The center section of this layout contains some sections originally built by Jeff Dutton and incorporated by Shelly into the San Juan & Tellurton after Jeff’s passing.  Shelly has done a remarkable and beautiful job of matching Jeff’s original sections with his own layout building into one seamless layout.  Percentages of completion   ~75% for benchwork, track/wiring, and scenery.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Dale Phetteplace

 

Western Maryland Railroad, HO.  The Western Maryland Railroad occupies an area that is 24' x 44’.  The layout depicts the Western Maryland Railroad during the mid 1950's in Maryland and West Virginia. It has connections from the Norfolk & Western, Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, Pennsylvania and Reading Railroads.  Benchwork:   100%, Trackwork:   95%, Wiring:   95%, Rough Scenery:   90%, and Finished Scenery:   10%.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Jeff Needham

 

Santa Fe Northern, HO.  The layout occupies three rooms and is about 900 square feet plus a separate dispatching area.  The layout models the ATSF Colorado Division in the 1988-1992 time frame and is operations oriented.  Dodge City, KS,  La Junta, CO, Apache Canyon, NM, and York Canyon, NM are featured layout design elements. The York Canyon mining branch was described in a September 2011 "Model Railroader" article.  The layout is 90% complete.  Not handicapped accessible.   

Bret Overholtzer, MMR

MKT, St. Louis Subdivision, N.  Bret Overholtzer's N-scale Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad is a representation of the MKT's St. Louis Subdivision from Boonville, Missouri, to St. Charles, Missouri.  The modeled era is 1984.  Located in a 15 ft by 25 ft basement train room, this single deck, operation-oriented layout incorporates a separate 400-car staging yard to facilitate the "beyond the basement" concept.  The MKT's traffic from St. Louis to Parsons, Kansas City and other destinations west is simulated over nearly four scale miles of mainline track, with emphasis on local trains, intermodal, coal unit trains, and grain traffic.  The railroad interchanges with the UP and NS.  Train control is DCC.  A dispatcher's console monitors train movement, with block occupation, turnout positions, and signal aspects.  Benchwork, track, and wiring are 90% complete. The layout is approximately 80% scenicked.  The layout is fully signaled, with ABS-type signaling rules in effect.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 


Wayne and Karen Lang

K & W Railroad, F/G.  Welcome to the K & W Rail Road.  This marks the tenth year for trains in our backyard.  We run both steam and diesel locomotives pulling freight and passenger cars over approximately 850 feet of track.  We are looking forward to seeing you, and sharing the history of the "K&WRR”.  Handicapped accessible.

 

 

Mike and Joyce Martin

Rocky Ridge Railroad, F/G.  This outdoor G scale garden railroad  in a shady wood area, was started in July 2012. Trains operate by battery remote in the 13’ x 47’ space with three separate layouts and 185 feet of track.  They can be seen and heard going through two mountain tunnels and over several bridges and creeks.  There are two water garden ponds with goldfish and water plants. There are a variety of ground covers, flowers and miniature tree plants. Houses, buildings and model automobiles add to the theme of rural countryside in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Handicapped accessible.

Robert Miller, MMR

 

Santa Fe, HO.  Bob’s 30’ X 45” layout is up and running again after some water damage.  The layout is a multi deck layout depicting the Santa Fe running in Oklahoma in the 1989-1990 era.  The layout is complete in scenery, wiring, and other items.  Not handicapped accessible.

 

 

Doug & Nancy Deberg

 

Rock Creek Railway Company, Full Live Steam/Narrow Gauge Live Steam.  Both scales represented but both run on 7 1/2” gauge outdoor trackage in what is known as live steam. These two scales represent both standard gauge and 3 foot narrow gauge.  At present the layout is about 1800 feet of trackage installed and operating.  This is a Short line railroad that represents a Terminal and Switching layout hosting several Class 1 railroads as well as serving it's own customer base.  The railroad is about 50% completed in it's grading and track work construction.  Scenery is God given and modified to work with the railroad's needs.  Handicapped accessible except for riding the trains.


Bob Felix

Santa Fe Pacific, O.   Bob’s 20’ X 45’ O scale railroad is located in a barn in the backyard.  The layout has one yard, double track inside, single track outside with a passing siding on one end.  There is a mixture of equipment and the railroad is not modeled after any specific railroad.  Benchwork is semi-finished.  Track is brass hand laid.  Scenery is open countryside with some small buildings.  Semi handicapped accessible.

 
Pat McCarthy

Big Creek & Southern RR, Live Steam.   Enjoy 13.5 acres of park-like setting with nearly 3 miles of active railroad plus shop and car barn.  In general the railroad will be in “display mode” only, but some rides may be given at the discretion of the person operating their train.  The CTC machine and tower will be open for visitors and you can see a demonstration of how it works.  Handicapped accessible.  

 

 

 

PRE/POST-CONVENTION LAYOUTS (ST. LOUIS, JEFFERSON CITY, WICHITA, TULSA)

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Chuck Graham

 

D & RGW - Fourth Division, HO/HOn3.  The D&RGW Fourth Division was part of the narrow gauge empire in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.  The line extended from Alamosa, Colorado, westward to the mines of the San Juans, around Durango and Silverton.  The 13’ x 13’ layout, begun in the 1980’s, depicts standard gauge eastward from Alamosa, and narrow gauge westward to Chama (NM) and beyond.  The upper level is a loop-to-loop narrow gauge line which features Chama, Cumbres Pass, and a freelanced Toltec Mining District.  Narrow gauge operation features DCC and locomotive sound, occasional helper service up to Cumbres Pass. RailOp software is used for realistic car and train movements.  The scenery on the upper level is 80% complete, and many of the structures are scratch-built.  The lower level represents the 1950’s-1960’s-era standard gauge branch that interchanged with the narrow gauge at a dual gauge yard and engine facilities at Alamosa.  Scenery on the lower level is in progress.  A 4-1/2 turn narrow gauge helix connects the upper and lower levels.  Open 9-2-2014, 12-4. 

 

 

Greg Gray

 

San Miguel Southern, O/On3/On2.  The San Miguel Southern represents a narrow gauge in Southwestern Colorado in the 1950’s. Many of the buildings have lighting and interior details including neon signs in the windows. “The railroad and scenery represents the way I wish it was in the 1950s. The railroad was able to hang on by hauling mostly good old dusty, dirty coal plus some gold, silver and oil.” Scenery is 90% complete. Control is with DIGITRAX DCC. The layout was featured as the cover story by Gary Hoover in the August 2000 NMRA Bulletin.  Open 9-2-2014, 9-6.

 

 

Herb Koenig

 

Cordite & Flatriver RR, HO/HOn3.  The C&F is fictitious railroad based in Colorado.  The narrow gauge portion of the railroad consists of mining and lumbering and is point to point. The standard gauge portion is a bridge line across the mountains and is used by a number of RR’s. This ties the narrow gauge portion to the outside world.  The standard gauge consists of a loop for continuous running with a hidden four track storage yard and reversing loop.  The narrow gauge mining section is taken after the George Town Loop and contains a scratch built model of the Devils Gate Bridge.  The lumbering section consists of a number of switchbacks and has a curved timber trestle that is seven feet in length.  In some spots the scenery runs from knee high to above eye level.  The layout also has a branch line that ties into the now permanently installed Red Mountain Town module located in another room.  The layout is situated in a room 30 ft. by 18 at its widest point. There are a number of scratch built and kit-bashed buildings on the layout.  The switches and track are all hand laid, with Code-70 used on the standard gauge and 55 and 40 on the narrow gauge.  The back drop was painted by Greg Gray. The layout is almost 100% complete. The layout was featured in the June 2001 Model Railroad Craftsman. The layout is controlled by Digitrax DCC and Soundtraxx.  Open 9-2-2014, 10-4.

 


Ax Kramer

 

Ozark Mineral Belt Railway, On3.  The OMB is a freelance, what ought to have been, three foot gauge railroad serving the famous "Lead Belt'' of the Missouri Ozarks. The model represents the railroad as it was in the late spring of 1939.  Built in the early 1890's to serve small lead mines, quarries, logging sites, brick yards, fuel dealers, stock yards and other transportation needs of the region that were neglected by the major broad gauge railroads.  The OMB is operated with a 35-ton Class-B Climax, a secondhand 35 ton 2-8- 0 (Class C- 16) rod locomotive, and assorted freight cars obtained from their Colorado narrow gauge owners.  Passenger service is provided using an RPO/Baggage and coach.  The "prototype'' railroad is about 55 miles in length, with two three-mile branches and two tunnels. The principal intermediate town on the line is along a sharp ridge; the track layout is point-to-point with a switchback about half way between the terminals. The quarter inch scale model version omits most of the mainline and focuses on the switching yards and industrial sidings in a room 21 feet by 9 feet in size. The DCC "radio controlled'' layout features hand laid rail on individual ties, on an elongated U shelf with about 95% of the highly detailed scenery finished, and the track work complete. Grades of 3% are common, sidings are short, and yard facilities are inadequate - just what one would expect for this RGS of the Ozarks!  Open 9-2-2014, 1-4.

 


Randy Meyer, MMR

 

Canyon & Rocky Mountain Railroad, S/Sn3.  This is a 54' x 26' John Armstrong custom designed layout using coved background corners and ceiling set in the high mountains of Colorado.  The scenery extends from the near floor to the ceiling with extensive scenic background paintings by Greg Gray. The background and scenery are designed to highlight the extensive collection of highly detailed PBL narrow gauge (Soundtraxx equipped) engines. The line will eventually climb from a 52'' dual gauge yard at Salida to a 67'' switchback mining area in the Red Mountains. Two branch lines provide additional lumber and mining traffic for the mainline narrow gauge D&RGW.  Control is with Digitrax DCC. The scenery is about 30% complete.  Open 9-2-2014, 10-4.

 


Richard Rands

 

Mineral & Southfork Railway, On30.  The Mineral & Southfork Railway is a free-lanced On30 layout that is set in a mountainous region of western United States at the start of the 1900s.  Hard rock mining is the main source of revenue for the railroad with trains bringing ore from the mines to mills in Southfork. Coal is also mined near Cascade and transferred to the M&SRy by the 20 inch Consolidated Mining & Smelting Railway.  Located in a 17 by 47 foot room the layout has scenery reaching from knee high to the 9 foot ceiling with a 14 foot long gorge scene.  50% of the scenery is completed. The mainline is approximately 250' and is laid with Code 70 track and turnouts from Micro Engineering. Dozens of scratch-built structures and trestles have been completed. Power and sound comes from Digitrax.  Open 9-2-2014, 10-6.

 


Pete Smith, MMR

 

The Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Co., Sn3.  The Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Co. is a freelance railroad set in the Pacific Northwest in the late thirties. The railroad services a logging operation and various small industries along the right of way. The layout features lots of very detailed, scratch-built structures, a waterfront town and wharf scene. Steam power consists of Shays, Heislers and a Climax plus there's a couple of locally built gas powered critters and a K-27 for passenger service. The 120 foot mainline is code 70, Tomalco Flex-Track. The logging operation utilizes code 55 flex-track and stub switches. All of the flex-track was painted and weathered prior to installation. The layout occupies a 26' x 20' area in a large recreation room.  Operation is point to point but the railroad can be operated in a continuous loop. The unique benchmark has a drink/tool shelf along the perimeter following the design of Seattle modeler, the late Brian Ellerby. It is wall mounted with a large peninsula at one end. Power is by CVP Products Easy DCC and all the locomotives have Tsunami decoders. Scenery is approximately 90% complete. The layout has been featured as the cover story in Railroad Model Craftsman, Sn3 Modeler and Narrow Gauge Downunder.  Open 9-2-2014, 11-5.

Jefferson City Area

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Paul Heiberger
 S & P GRR, 1:20.3 (garden railway).   The S & P GRR, Sharon and Paul’s Garden Railroad, has been brought to life after many years of planning and dreaming.  After purchasing various locomotives and cars, construction began in July of 2009.  This project was an idea to be creative with model trains coupling the enjoyment of working outdoors in a garden.  We are attempting to mimic the location where we both grew up, St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania.  The railroad lines running are a Pennsylvania passenger line and several small freight, logging and local passenger service by the St. Mary’s and Southwestern Railroad.  The St. Mary’s and SWRR was an actual railroad beginning in the late 1800’s.  Open 9/3, 9am-4pm, and 9/7, 10am-4pm.

 

 

Allen Pollock

Clear Creek and Quicksilver, 1:20.3 (garden railway).  The Clear Creek and Quicksilver is a 1:20.3 (Fn3) railroad still under construction with outside landscaping almost completed and ready for track, and inside benchwork and roadbed a work in progress.  There is about 125 feet of track installed inside.  The indoor portion is a logging theme, connected to the outside theme of the Georgetown Loop setting.  Open 9/7, 10am-5pm.

 

  

John Scherr

Rio Grande Southern, HOn3.  John’s HOn3 two level layout features much of the northern district of the Rio Grande Southern and the lines only division point—Rico.  Most of the railroad is in a 16’ X 22’ room.  A fiddle yard and helix are in the adjacent shop area.  Train control will be DCC (Lenz).  The lower level consists of the staging area, Placerville, Vance Junction, and Lost Canyon.  The upper level consists of Matterhorn, Trout Lake and the line into Rico.  Starting at a hidden staging yard (Ridgway), the first stop is Placerville with a depot and warehouses.  A stock yard and oil depot are located just down the track at Old Placerville.  Past Placerville is the familiar Vance Junction area and  a wye.  Trains exit the lower level past Vance Junction.  The main line continues to the small town of Ophir via the Butterfly trestle above the beautiful Lake Fork of the San Miguel River while the wye leads to Pandora at the end of the Telluride Branch.  Past Ophir,  portion of the high line leads to the little community of Matterhorn.  The major industry at Matterhorn is the San Bernardo Mill.  Then it’s on to Trout Lake and the highest point on the layout—Lizard Head Pass.  Space does not permit modeling the Lizard Head scene but the familiar peak can be seen beyond Meadow Creek.  Then it’s down through Burns Canyon to Rico.  At Rico, the Pro Patria Mill generates a good deal of traffic along with several other industries.  Open 9/7, 10am-5pm.

 

  

Rich Severance

Colorado Lines, On3.  The scenery is complete on this layout, which is designed primarily for displaying buildings and scenery, with only a few sidings for exhibiting permanently immobile engines and cars and a few short trains waiting their turn to traverse the single 120 foot long main line track that loops around the room at eye level.  The track is ballasted with South Park dirt.  The railroads represented on the layout include the Colorado and Southern, the Denver South Park and Pacific, the Denver and Rio Grande Western, the Rio Grande Southern, the New Mexico Lumber Company, and the Hallack and Howard Lumber Company.  The town of Como, CO, is modeled with approximately 20 scratch built replicas of original buildings dating from 1880-1920.  Three Mason Bogies near the stone roundhouse are proudly shown off by the railroad’s many workers.  The smaller town of Gunnison, CO, is represented by  a collection of kit built and scratch built Colorado businesses, whose prototypes were located in Gunnison and in other Colorado towns around 1900.  Red Mountain is modeled after the real Red Mountain located north of Silverton.  Assorted rock powders were used to replicate the mountain’s brilliant yellow and orange colors.  The large Red Mountain Mine No. 2 sits at the foot of Red Mountain, and it is a generic representation of a Colorado mine structure.  The Silverton Northern engine house and adjacent area are modeled to represent the railroad in1912 as pictured in “The Rainbow Route.”  Cowboys are driving a herd of cattle up a dusty draw towards the cattle pen in Jefferson, CO,, while a pair of Colorado & Southern box cars wait on a siding to be loaded with rough cut logs.  Visitors to the On3 layout are invited to find the multiple assorted minute details, such as a rusty tin can with a bullet hole in the lid, that are hiding in plain sight.  Special thanks to the following modelers, without whose invaluable assistance this layout would not exist:  Fred Folk, engine painting, car construction, track work, and wiring; Matt Dillow, structure building, figures, and scenery; Bill Miller, MMR, engine painting and structure building; Mary Miller, MMR, figures; Tony Cullen, car construction and structure building; Tom Troughton, MMR, layout photography.  A standard gauge 3-rail O Scale model railroad representing the Colorado Midland Railway is under construction in the larger room next door.  Scenery is about 50% complete.  Open 9/3, 9am-4pm and 9/7, 10am-4pm.

 

  

Tom Troughton

Cimarron and Tall Timbers RR, Sn3.  The Cimarron and Tall Timbers Railroad is a Sn3 representation of an imagineered Cimarron Division of the D & RGW railroad as it might have appeared in the 1950’s.  The layout is 17’ X 22’ and is comprised of 100% hand laid, code 70 rail on basswood and white pine ties.  The mainline is about 180’ in length while the branch is about 150’.  Motive power is primarily K-36 and 37 class locomotives, but a single K-28 is used for passenger service.  Two smaller C class engines are also available or work train duties.  The layout features seven, scratch built wooden trestles.  The largest is one of the prime scenes visitors see when entering the layout room.  It spans Cimarron Canyon and crosses over the main line as it climbs the curving 2 1/2% grade.  An article featuring all these trestles appeared in the September 2013 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine.  An imposing curving girder bridge is also visible at this room entrance.  Besides the articles that have been published in Railroad Model Craftsman magazine, additional articles and installments of the, “Work Car,” column have appeared in the MRA, “Scale Rails,” monthly publication.  PBL FSS-II and PFM sound systems and throttles are used to control the trains.  The original models for two commercially available structures from Banta Modelworks are on the layout.  The Cimarron Mine #1 is one of two major industries on the upper level branch line.  The inspiration for the mine was an O scale model called the Rattlesnake Mine, which was designed and built by John Campbell.  The other, the “Silver Plume House” designed by Tom, is based on the prototype structure that was in Silver Plume, CO.  Open 9/3, 9am-4pm and 9/7, 10am-4pm.

 

  

John Waite (now deceased)

East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, Sn3.  The late John Waite’s Sn3 layout represents the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad in 1916, just before America’s entry into the Great War.  The layout occupies an L-shaped room designed specifically for a model railroad.  One leg of the L is 36’ long and the other is 32” long.  The room is approximately 700 square feet overall with 9’ ceilings, wood floor, fluorescent and incandescent lighting, and a custom-built workbench.  There are no windows in the room.  When completed the layout will run point-to-point from Johnson City, TN, to Cranberry, NC.  Hidden loops at Johnson City and Cranberry allow for continuous running and hidden staging tracks beyond Cranberry represent the Linville River Railway from Cranberry to Pineola, NC.  The major industries at Johnson City are the Cranberry Iron Furnace and Harris Lumber & Flooring Company.  Johnson City also has a yard and engine facility. The first stop after Johnson City is Hampton which is in a valley between two famous covered bridges, one a deck truss and one a thru-truss.  There is a siding and depot at Hampton.  After Hampton the line climbs serious grades through the spectacular Doe River Gorge, past Pardee Point, Hanging Rock, and the bridge, tunnel, bridge section.  The gorge section is over 40’ of single track mainline through the mountains.  Quite a bottleneck on a model railroad, just as it was for the prototype.  The line leaves the gorge through Big Nance Cut and enters the small town of Roan Mountain, TN, which isn’t much more than a siding, station, and a few businesses, including the oft-photographed S.B. Wood Drug Store.  The line then gains elevation on State Line Hill and arrives at Elk Park, NC, where a spur track goes to the H.S. White sawmill.  Just beyond Elk Park lies Cranberry, home of the substantial Cranberry Iron Mine.  There is an upper yard at the mine with a turntable, coaling dock, and engine house, but trains negotiate a switchback to reach the lower yard and depot.  Construction of the layout started in October 2006.  The basic benchwork has been completed and is a modified L-girder design using 3/4” birch plywood cut into dimensional sizes.  The plan is that by the time of the convention, the entire mainline will be operational and scenery done in the Hampton area.  Much of the work is being done by the Wednesday PM S-group.  Trackwork will be a combination of flex track and Fast Tracks turnouts.  Turnouts will be electrically operated using Tortoise switch machines.  Electrical control will be supplied by EasyDCC.  Mainline motive power is made up of Railmaster Consolidations.  Yardwork at the iron furnace is a Railmaster switcher and an 0-4-0 Porter makes its home at the mine.
 Open 9/3, 9am-4pm and 9/7, 10am-4pm.

Tulsa Area

 



Lind Wickersham
Gilpin Tram, On2.  This 15’ X 25’ layout represents the Gilpin Tram circa 1903. Track work is code 70 on hand hewn rough ties and with rough rock ballast.  Track is 100% complete.  Digitraxx Control.  Extremely limited scenery at this time.    Greg Gray backdrop complete.  Scratch-built engine house, water tank, powder (dynamite) house and several mines with full interiors all found on the prototype.


Ken Ehlers, MMR

 

Pandora & San Miguel, Sn3.  The Pandora & San Miguel depicts the southwest Colorado Rio Grande Southern in September, 1942, and includes that part of the railroad from Ridgway to Rico.  The main line is 200 feet with interchange with the D&RGW at Ridgway and staging at both ends of the layout.  Operation is easy paced but busy—lots of switching.  Helper locos are required on most freights.  Layout is about 90% sceniced.  Locos all have Tsunami sound and run at scale speeds.  Not handicapped accessible.