Scheduled Layout Tours
Prior Layout Tours

May 5th 2018
June 2nd, 2018
July 14th, 2018
August 11th 2018
October 20th 2018
November 24th 2018

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Boyds, MD
Dispatcher's OfficeWinchester Switcher at WorkJohn King's Baltimore and Ohio, Shenandoah Subdivision

Access: Entrance to the basement/layout is ground level.  A narrow point in the aisle may limit handicap access to some parts of the layout.  Layout height is 50 inches.

The Shenandoah Subdivision is a point to point railroad  representing the B&O line from Harpers Ferry to Strasburg Virginia.    The layout is set in October, 1949.  Open staging is named “Brunswick” (since that is where the real trains on the branch originated) but the staging yard makes no attempt to model the real Brunswick Yard which was 7 miles long.   Trackage at Millville, Charlestown, Winchester and Strasburg Junction closely mimics the prototype as it was in 1949.  HO Scale, the prototype is the B&O line from Harpers Ferry to Strasburg Virginia.  Click here for details of our last visit.
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Burke, VA
V&T Division of the Norfolk & Western RailroadCarson City with excursion train in front of depotV&T Division of the Norfolk & Western Railroad, by Stan Burroughs
(A small free lance model railroad with a Nevada scenic mural painted on drywall)

Access: Layout is in the basement and is accessible by going down a flight of stairs inside or from the outside by walking down a hill to the back yard entrance.

My original layout in the early 1980s was a prototype of the Virginia & Truckee railroad in Nevada.  It featured selective compression of the Carson City Yard and scale distances between Carson City, Virginia City and Reno.  I wanted to use the original mural and the old time rolling stock with the current layout so I combined my childhood memories of the Norfolk & Western and started my free lance layout in 2011.  N&W ships cotton from the south to S&B Textiles in Carson City where it is manufactured  into fabric.  The bolts of fabric go by rail to the Reno Fabric & Quilt Factory Outlet.  My wife is an avid quilter thus the main concept of the railroad.  Layout size is 12' x 14' and features flexible pushrod turnout controls and panel lights to indicate turnout position.

Layout data: HO scale with code 70 flex track and Micro Engineering turnouts.  DCC system is NCE.

This is our first visit to Stan's railroad.
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Vienna, VA N-Scale Narrow Gauge
Jim La Baugh's N-Scale Narrow GaugeJim La Baugh's N-Scale Narrow GaugeJim La Baugh's N-Scale Narrow Gauge

Note: Layout is is not handicap accessbile - Located in basement requiring access by stairs.

The layout is a modular/sectional representation of the Colorado high country in the early 1950s. It's a subset of the Nn3 Division of Northern Virginia NTRAK. Modules from the layout have been seen at National Narrow Gauge conventions in Providence, RI, Dearborn, MI, and Portland, ME, as well as 2 NVNTRAK National N-Scale conventions at the Dulles Expo Center. Modules vistitors will see in the layout were built by Marc Sisk, John Drye, and Jim LaBaugh. Marc and John's modules have appeared in print in the Nn3 Hanbook (2004) and N-Scale magazine (Jan/Feb 2015).

Configuration is a narrow oval 4' x 16' (with a scenery divide in the center) which includes just over one scale mile of mainline track, with turnouts built by Tom Knapp.  Most of the over 200 conifer and aspen trees on the layout are on the side of the divide containing most of the 30 buildings, 50 vechicles, and dozens of people on the layout, as well as a river crossed by 3 bridges.  The dry side of the divide represents the high-country sagebrush territory typically found in the valleys between mountain ranges of the intermountain west.  D&RGW and RGS motive power are run on the layout using Aristo DC.

This is our first visit to Jim's railroad.
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thomas Washburn's Miss Katy’s Forreston Yard (circa 1974)

Handicapped access: Technically no, although layout is located in a walkout basement with bathroom located on same level.  Doorways and aisles are not in compliance with ADA. 

Description:  Forreston, Texas, lies some 40 miles south of Dallas on US Highway 77. Back in 1974 the M-K-T had an active mainline running through Forreston. Forreston Yard, a fictional yard, was established for the purpose of receiving and shipping rail cars that provide transportation for the grain elevator in Forreston and the industries in nearby Waxahachie. It is also used as a transfer point for the Cotton Belt (St. Louis and Southwestern) and Texas & Pacific Railroads that have leased trackage rights on the M-K-T mainline. The M-K-T discontinued passenger service in 1965 but runs passenger excursions using diesels and cars from the Texas Special on special occasions.

Prototype: Missouri-Kansas-Texas as I remember from my younger days.

Layout Scale: HO

This is our first visit to this railroad.
Saturday, November 24 2018, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Charlie Young’s “Chesapeake Crossing” MainlineCharlie Young’s “Chesapeake Crossing” Hallway CityCharlie Young’s “Chesapeake Crossing” - Bowie, MD

Layout Viewing, ADA accessible?  No. Front door entrance then down 1 flight of stairs.
Aisle width/ 3ft+; however, with two short 30 inch areas

N-scale railroad is a freelance model loosely reminiscent of the Norfolk & Western diesel era. Utilizing N&W rolling stock, the primary operation consist of hauling coal east to the ports of Norfolk, with ample freight and passenger service as well.

This railroad is under construction with very little scenery to date. With all of the mainline and yard track laid (minus the harbor area,) I am presently installing the remainder of the over 125 tortoise motors, and track feeders.

Trains will be running!

Parking; driveway and street

Approximate size of layout; approx. 30' x 30'

Control system; Digitrax DCC

Click here for details of our last visit.

Layout Tour Coordinator Nick Kalis

Division open houses are members-only events. However, members are allowed to bring family and friends to open houses.  Host's street address is not published here.  Instead, the address of the layout tour is published in the version of the Potomac Flyer distributed to members and the reminder that is typically emailed about a week in advance.  So please inform the division of any changes in your E-mail address, thanks.  NMRA members who are not receiving the Flyer and reminder should please send their NMRA membership number and effective date to All NMRA members are welcome, members who live outside the Potomac Division may subscribe to receive the Potomac Flyer and all notices.
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