Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1-4 PM, Reston, VA
Glenn Downing's Milwaukee Road - Superior Division; Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee
Accessibility: None (in a downstairs basement)
layout depicting two railroads with an interchange in Racine,
Wisconsin. Set in 1948. First time hosting the Potomac Division.
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Broad Run, VA
Cam Green's Maine Central Lower Road
Access: Down a flight of stairs,
not handicapped accessable.
Purpose of Layout: Simulate
the operations of the Maine Central Railroad between Yarmouth Junction and East
Augusta in the mid to late 1970’s. Modeled
sections of Maine Central: Lower Road Between Yarmouth Junction and
Augusta, ME. Lewiston
Lower Branch, Cobbosseecontee Branch, Rockland Branch (Staging only).
(West to East) - Yarmouth Junction, Hillside Siding, Brunswick West
Yard, Brunswick East Yard,
Rockland Junction, Richmond Siding, Gardiner, Cobbosseecontee Branch,
Hallowell, Augusta, East Augusta.
Lewiston Lower Branch (West to East) – Androscoggin Bridge to Topsham, Pejepscot
Paper mill, Lisbon Falls (Chip
Board Mill), Lewiston lower team and industrial (Mill) tracks and yard.
Layout type: Double
Deck, Operated as a Point to Point but is essentially a loop through
staging. One Double Track Helix.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Gaithersburg, MD
Dean Ripple's Baltimore & Ohio's Monongah Division
Access: The layout
is in the basement down a flight of stairs with handrails.
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. Small
steam locomotives ran until the end of the steam era—no big Mallet
steam engines were found here! 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. Constructing the benchwork in a set of
modules facilitated several changes in residence. The layout is now
about 12' x 16'. We operate regularly, using train orders.
Now that the scenery is nearly 100% complete, I am taking the time to
scratchbuild the last few structures on the layout.
Saturday, April 11. 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Arlington, VA
Brad Stanford's Cowan, TN, NC&STL Helper District
Entrance is a backdoor off our driveway onto a stair landing that
allows access after three steps down. I would characterize it as
“approachable” rather than “accessible”.
My layout is set in the World War II years (circa 1941-1945), and focuses
on Cowan,Tennessee, as the high point on a major route of the
Nashville, Chattanooga and St Louis Railroad midway between Nashville
and Chattanooga. I chose this because it is a helper district, modeling
several scenic spots and commercial activities, as well as a 2000-foot
tunnel and 2% grade up and down the mountain. It is in N-Scale to
enhance the scenic to trackage ratio, and faithfully follows the track
plan of the actual railroad of this era. It will feature the helper
yard, the main street of Cowan and its depots, the Cumberland Cement
factory, Cumberland Mountain and its tunnel, and a branch line to Tracy
City and its coal operation.
was built by Lance Mindheim
over about six months in 2016-17 based on a design we collaboratively
developed. It has a wood frame, 100 switches, and a sky-blue aluminum
backdrop. All track segments are separately powered by an NCE DCC
Compatible Command Control System.
Saturday, June 20, 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Rockville, Maryland
Alex Belida’s Eureka & South Pass RR
The layout is not handicapped accessible. It’s upstairs on the 2nd floor.
Alex Belida’s Eureka and South Pass Railroad is a fictional HO scale
railroad located in Nevada in the late 1890s. It is built around two
mines, one located at Parker’s Peak and called the Parker’s Peak Mine,
and the other, called the Flack Mine.
The town of Eureka is home
to Adam’s Shipping and Storage, the bank, an assay office, the Coombs
family bakery, Milner’s General Store, Lily’s Pleasure Palace, the
blacksmith shop, Kee’s Chinese Laundry, Adam’s Miners’ Supply and the
Eureka Gazette newspaper office as well as a firehouse with horse-drawn
The town features a small train yard with turntable, repair-in-place
building and various out buildings.
Pass is a village above Eureka. It is home to the Lincoln Lumber
Company, named after the illustrious President Abraham Lincoln, whose
picture adorns a sign on the sawmill.
Among the layout’s other
features are Calum Creek, a narrow body of water running down from the
hills adjacent to the Parker’s Peak Mine, and a statue honoring
Pioneers of the West, also near the creek.
The small DCC layout runs
along three sides of a 2nd floor bedroom. There are plans for expansion
to allow around-the-room runs through a liftout.
invited to sign the E&SP visitors’ logbook, called the “Keep
and Carry On” register, the motto of the railroad.
that after starting his layout he discovered a real Eureka in Nevada,
founded by miners in the 1800s, and serviced by a narrow gauge railroad
called the Eureka and Palisades RR. The discovery was the subject of a
Potomac Division clinic that he delivered.
The Eureka and South Pass Railroad is a project that was conceived in the
1960s but had to wait until 2017 to become a reality. Alex Belida
is a retired foreign correspondent and news executive who worked for
the Voice of America. Besides postings in Europe and Africa, he
traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad while assigned to the White
House and the Pentagon.