Layout Tour

Home Railroads that were on the Sunday Tour

Steve Salotti
Set in 1949 in northern New Jersey, the railroad runs between Little Ferry (major yard) and Hainesburg and features passenger and mainline freight service, with many locals serving industries, both along the line and on the waterfront.


Jim Dalberg


Ken McCorry
Modeled is the PRR's Buffalo Line. The modeled portions include Sunbury, Northumberland ,Williamsport and Renovo all in Pennsylvania and Olean,Machias, Ebenezer and Buffalo all in New York. Current era is 1964-1976 which includes the last four years of the PRR and all of PC up until Conrail. A crew of 30-32 people get together once a month for a four hour op session. Operations are handled by NCE DCC and two dispatchers Kase and Lyco and one block operator at Renovo. The railroad celebrated it's 26th birthday in February 2018. 


Bob Zeolla
The Conemaugh Line represents the portion of Conrail's operation in Western Pennsylvania diverging from Conrail's Pittsburgh Line at ConPit Junction near Johnstown, and rejoining Conrail's Ft. Wayne Line in Pittsburgh. The modeled portion is from Avonmore to Pittsburgh. Staging extends this area eastward to Johnstown and westward to Conway Yard. The modeled time period is 1978. New since the last RPM meet are fully funtioning virtual signals, which will be covered in my clinic during the meet.


Paul Backenstose
Paul's HO scale Western Maryland is housed in a 19' X 29' room. The trackplan is based on the "Pennsylvania Railroad Schuylkill Division" from the book John Armstrong on Creative Lavout Design, to which additional staging was added and was operated as the Pennsylvania Railroad Pittsburgh Region. After over 50 operating sessions, the layout was changed to the Western Maryland Ry. in 1955, extending from Hagerstown (staging) to Connellsville (staging) and a portion of the Thomas Sub. A remnant of the PRR remains, their Bedford Branch connecting with the WM State Line Branch.  Recently, the era on the WM was changed to 1971. Forty eight detailed and sound‑equipped first and second generation diesels and a slug keep the fast freights rolling. Scenery is about 61% complete. Control is by a dispatcher's panel and NCE DCC.


Greg and Angel Shindledecker's
Western Maryland Thomas Subdivision in the mid-70's

The layout fills our 30' x 57' basement. The design is an island style rather than around the walls. It is still under construction. The mainline, helix and staging yards are complete, there is scenery started in the Blackwater Canyon and Elkins Yard is well along. Roadbed is Masonite splines with Homabed. Mainline track is code 83, yard and branch lines are code 70/75.
The layout is based on the prototype's operations on the Thomas Subdivision. The segment modeled is from about 21st Bridge (east of McCool) to Elkins, WV. Two large staging yards represent points east - Cumberland, MD and beyond and, on the other end, the coal branches radiating from Elkins to Durbin, Webster Springs, Dailey and Bellington. In between is the Blackwater Canyon, in which the famed Black Fork Grade requires multiple helpers on almost all trains to move coal east.
Online industries include numerous coal load outs and mines, pulpwood and wood chip loading, the WestVaCo paper mill at Luke, coal-powered electric generation at Mt. Storm, a tannery, a Kingsford Charcoal plant and car shops for maintenance and repair at Elkins.


Alden Smith


Ron Hoess
This is a switching layout under construction since 2014. The layout depicts the PRR Chestnut Hill Branch circa 1958 starting at North Philadelphia and terminating at Midvale yard.
The major industries served are the Budd Company and the Midvale Steel Company. In order to better represent urban Philadelphia in prototype fashion, all the structures are scratch built based on extensive historic research. The layout features signature  buildings that lined the Branch as well as the ubiquitous neighborhoods of Philadelphia rowhouses