|The late Marshall Abrams was the proprietor of
the fallen model railroad Abrams
Railroad Empire (ARE) which modeled the
"Anachronistic Era." It's was a 20 foot by 22 foot
walk-around HO layout that focused on operations using Car
Cards and DCC in 5 operating yards and 7 towns. Track
Warrants were used to protect key single line blocks. The
switching was power routed, controlled by strategically
placed CTC panels for yards and mainline. Scenery features
included a urban backdrop and a cut-away tunnel. The ARE
provided the crews with a a fun night of comraderie and
challenges during the operating sessions and often made
you wish you had more time to run trains !
|The Baltimore & Ohio's Monongah Division is an HO model railroad, set in West Virginia, circa the mid-1950s. The B&O’s lines south of Grafton, West Virginia, ran on light rail and tight curves. On the Monongah Division we run regular operating sessions using Digitrax DCC. All operations are by waybill and sequential timetable. In addition to the requisite coal traffic, there are local freights, traffic between Charleston and Grafton, an interchange with the Western Maryland, and rudimentary passenger service. I model the area near Buckhannon, with Grafton and Charleston as staging tracks at the end of the layout. The layout attempts to capture the backwoods feel of these lines, without getting picky about the actual trackwork or geography of any locale. Between yard duties, the local freights, and the through trains, I can keep about three crews running. Proprietor: Dean Ripple|
Mindheim models Miami's East
District. The site is divided into two
sections. The first section is a collection of
"photo paintings" edited from shots taken on his trip to
Miami in February of 2006. The second section
features images from the HO scale model railroad.
|The Horseshoe Curve in N Scale layout includes the PRR mainline from "Works" in downtown Altoona, past ALTO and SLOPE Towers, to the "Brickyard", and up the hill to the curve itself. The line continues past MG tower and the four-track interlocking, around McGinley's curve to the three tunnels at the top of the hill. The eastbound and westbound main lines seperate to create room for the helper turnback loop in Gallitzin. The lines re-join in Cresson and continue downhill towards Johnstown and the west. Proprietor: John Drye|
|The Hudson Point and
Hawthorne Railroad is designed for "Point to Point"
Operation with optional "continuous running." Hudson Point
Yard represents the Eastern terminus of the railroad. The
only access by rail to the City of Hawthorne is via floats
and barges at the waterfronts. All of the track within the
City of Hawthorne is a separately operated railroad. The
city railroad is largely a switching operation. Real
estate on the city side is at a premium so the yard is
small. It takes very sharp railroaders to keep traffic
flowing in the city! Proprietor: Ken Spranza.
|Visit the KayDee LugBahn. The KDLB is a European Lego train layout.|
HO-scale Kristenville & Michelleville
Railroad started in early 1977. Designed as a
freelanced 1920's era, steam powered railroad, it serves
the limestone quarries and Al's Brewery, each located on
the outskirts of Kristenville. The Board of
Directors recognized the potential for some logging
business and extended the line into the
mountains. The Kristenville Yard was expanded to its
present capabilities. Alantown boomed with the expanded
yard, the thriving K-M Sawmill Co., and the K-M Lumbering
Co. The small Michelleville Railroad near Passwater
Interchange was in financial trouble and was bought for
incorporation into the KMRR.
Rail Road Lower Montauk Branch provides maps of the
Long Island City Area 1953 and 1860, articles by Nick
Kalis, modeling hints, layout description, prototype and
layout photos, and a series of glimpses into industries or
warehouses that made for interesting freight operations on
the Long Island. Information presented includes a brief
history of the firm, how it was served by the LIRR, and
what commodities were received or shipped from this
facility. Proprietor: Nick Kalis.
Nick recounts, The layout existed from 2002 -2007. Completed by 2007 it appeared on the front cover of RMC September 2007 where a story by Ben Hom appeared. The layout with all its structures is currently owned by Ben Hom and another Potomac Division member.
|A lot of planning
has gone into the Nickel
City Line, an HO Scale model railroad set
in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. The railroad
is a free-lanced short line railroad which operates 102
miles of single track mainline between Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania and Ridgway Pennsylvania. The railroad is
operations oriented. Operators run trains on a fast clock and adhere
to specific rules and instructions given by a Dispatcher.
NMRA Members who operate on the Nickel City Line can earn
hours towards their Chief DispatcherAP Certificate.
Proprietor: Bob Rodriguez.
Brewer is in the process of building an HO scale model
railroad in his 3300
square foot basement depicting the Norfolk and Western
Railroad (now part of Norfolk Southern Railroad) along the
Shenandoah River between Hagerstown, Maryland, and
Roanoke, Virginia. The period is 1956; the transition
period of steam and diesel. Modeled is 80 miles of the
N&W Shenandoah Valley between Front Royal and
Waynesboro, Virginia, with Hagerstown and Roanoke
represented by eleven common staging tracks, each almost
40 feet long. Interchange is with the Southern Railroad in
Front Royal, the Chesapeake Western Railroad in Elkton and
the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in Waynesboro.
See a recent layout tour.
|The HO scale Oregon Coast Railroad follows the Columbia River from Portland to Astoria and then south along the Pacific Coast to Tillamook. Modeled activities include an ocean port with a tramp steamer and car float, a large yard and engine facility, a large meat-packing plant, a riverside fishing town and a large lumber mill. The layout fills 36' by 32' room in a folded dog bone configuration plus a 40' x 2' extension in a second room. The single track mainline is approximately 140 feet. Total track is over 700 feet with over 100 Tortoise powered turnouts. Scenery is 95% complete with several water features and hundreds of trees. The layout was featured in Great Model Railroads 2014. Proprietor: Mat Thompson|
|Howard Zane’s HO Piedmont Division of the Western Maryland Railroad showcases Fifties era Appalachian railroading using equipment from the Clinchfield, Western Maryland, Chesapeake & Ohio and Norfolk & Western. Since 1992 Howard has increased the layout area to 2850 square feet. Howard considers the Piermont to be a painting created with plaster, paper, foam, rocks and dirt where he can bring to life the fabled coal hauling roads of the east. The railroad features spectacular bridges, deep scenes and breathtaking vistas.|
| Ken Nesper's Baltimore and Ohio Shepherd Branch
is based on the former B&O's trackage in southeast
Washington, D.C.. To improve operational interest, the
number of businesses served along the branch were
substantially increased. The layout features hand-laid
code 125 and 100 rail to depict the lighter weight rail
used on branches and sidings. The rebuilt Old Pullman
turnouts are powered by Circuitron Tortoise switch
machines. The urban scenery is about 75% complete. The all
diesel operations are set in early 1958. Car forwarding is
managed by switch lists and the first generation
yard and road switchers are controlled using
late Mike White was building the Solomons
Patuxent Railroad (the S&P) which was an HO
scale fictional short line operating between the villages
of Solomons and Owings in Calvert County, Maryland.
The right-of-way followed the real-world graded path of
the never-completed Baltimore and Drum Point Railroad for
most of its 30 or so miles through the county. It was a
country railroad serving rural people, businesses, and
industries in the Great Depression month of October 1936.
|Marty McGuirk's Southern New England Railway (SNE), is roughly 16 x 40 with a 9-foot long, 10-foot wide, "choke" point in the middle. Current plans are for the railroad to start at Tidewater - a port based on New London, Connecticut, before running through several small New England mill towns and ending at a small farming community. Several other New England railroads will cross the SNE on its way through the countryside, primarily the New Haven and Boston & Maine.|
Renard, MMR, built the Sylvania
Railroad to depict the Central Division of an
eastern bridge road hauling mixed freight and passenger
traffic during the mid-1960s. With mostly an urban
setting featuring scratch-built and kit bashed
structures,trains run from a coal mining area to a
tidewater terminal with a rotary coal dumper. Three
hidden staging areas route trains over this central
division of a presumed larger line. Local way
freights out of Sylvania Yard share the mainline and
branches with through freight and passenger trains.
The 40-yr. old layout operates now with DCC and some
sound equipped locos. Several hundred figures and
small details along the right-of-way depict irony, satire,
and humor to the most observant. Subtle scenic
features incorporate materials collected from travels
around the world.
|Bernard Kempinski's 1/48th - (O) Scale standard gauge model railroad depicts the US Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia-Fredericksburg line in 1863. Set during the Civil War the railroad includes a harbor with car ferry, military bridges, camps, fortifications, as well as the usual railroad facilities. The layout is approximately 375 square feet with about 110 feet mainline. All the track is hand laid track with stub turnouts and code 100 rail. Easy DCC powers the time table and train order operated layout. The modest stable of brass locomotives hauls a fleet of scratch built cars. The freight cars have wooden beam trucks with working brakes, and link and pin couplers.|
| New York Central Western Illinois
Division (WID), is an HO Scale Model Railroad set in
1954. Operates from Kansas City, Omaha, and Des
Moines on the west, through Moberly (MO) and Hannibal
(MO), to Danville (IL) and Indianapolis (IN) on the east.
Modeled activities include a large yard and engine
facility with an 18-stall roundhouse with programmable
indexing servicing both steam and diesel. Industries
include a meatpacking plant, pulp mill, coal tipple, city
scenery and a port with car float. Proprietor: Pete
|Brian Sheron's Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is an HO scale layout that models selected areas of three branches of the LIRR; namely the Port Jefferson Branch, the Atlantic Branch, and the City Terminal Zone. The web site gives a general description of each branch, and provides a wealth of photos of the areas modeled. The web site also has links to related web sites about the LIRR as well as links to a number of clinics Brian has presented at previous NMRA regional and divisional conventions that are related to his layout.|
| The Eureka and South Pass Railroad
is a fictional HO scale railroad located in Nevada in the
late 1890s. It is built around two mines and a logging
operation with sawmill. The town of Eureka features a
small train yard with a gallows turntable and a
repair-in-place building. South Pass is a village above
Eureka and home of the Lincoln Lumber Company. The small
DCC layout runs along three sides of a 2nd floor bedroom.
Proprietor: Alex Belida
|Ken Nesper's Ohio River and Western replicates narrow gauge operations in southeast Ohio, circa. 1912. The focus of this layout is on the representational county seat, Westfield, loosley based on Woodsfield, OH. The On30 locomotives and rolling stock are from Bachmann. Ken added Soundtraxx sound decoders and keep alives to the steam locomotives. Passenger operations reflect OR&W practices. Car forwarding is managed by switch lists generated by JMRI Operations Pro with the locomotives controlled by Digitrax. The level of scenic development increased dramatically in 2020/2021 with the addition of nearly a dozen structures.|