Home Layout Tours

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Choo Choo City Rails Home Layout Tours Descriptions

Bill Orman's MLS&T - Date, Time.

The MLS&T is a HO freelanced, present day railroad, depicting the Tennessee and Southern Kentucky landscape. Trains originate and return to Memphis, TN and Meridian, MS (hidden staging) using a shared NS/CSX mainline arriving in New Holland yard for distribution to several major industries. The layout is primarily a switching layout with 128 feet of mainline, a branchline (Tucker) providing five industries to serve, and Seeburg-Simmons industrial park on a peninsula.

Major industries served are an auto plant car loading facility, an auto transload facility to car carrier trucks, auto parts suppliers and JIT warehousing, as well as, a container/transload yard for container traffic and various tank cars. Additional traffic includes a coal fired power plant, salvage company, cement plant and flour mill providing a broad array of traffic on the railroad.

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Roy Masterson's Louisville Southern  - Date, Time.

The HO scale Louisville Southern was built for operations and is a point-to-point layout set in the late 1960's.  The LS operates from Harriman, Tennessee to Decatur, Alabama and motive power consists of Southern, L&N and Tennessee Central.  Major towns on the LS are Rockwood, Chattanooga, Bridgeport, Scottsboro and Huntsville. 

The layout has a 230' mainline on two levels in three rooms in the basement.  To get between the levels there is a double track helix with a radius of 35 1/2 on the outside track and 33 1/2 on the inside track.  The Dispatcher sits inside the helix but has his own switcher and is responsible for switching the town of Scottsboro on top of the helix and interchanging with east and westbound trains along with his other duties.  NCE throttles are used as well as Decoder Pro with a wireless router allowing various Smart Phone devices to run the trains.

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Jerry Holmes's Alleghany Sub - Date, Time.

The Alleghany Sub was, (and still is), principally a coal hauling, class 1 line, requiring the heaviest of motive power with pushers to move long strings of loaded hoppers east over the Alleghany summit. It is an 80 mile run from the marshalling yards at Hinton, W. VA:. to the classification yards at Clifton Forge, VA. The coal was usually moved,· during this period, by a pair of huge, 2-6-6-6, H-8 Allegheny type, articulated steam locomotives, one in front, one in the rear.

Premium passenger service was also high on C & O's list of.priorities in those days with many trains such as the George Washington and the Sportsman running daily over ~he line between Washington, D.C. and Chicago. These trains usuall made stops and drops at the mountain resort town of White Sulpher Springs, site of the famous Greenbriar Hotel.

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Ed Tougaw's Intermont & Western Virginia Railroad - Date, Time.

The I&WV Railroad (a.k.a. “the Weavie RR) is a fictional railroad located in the south western tip of Virginia set in late steam transition era of 1955 through 1958.  It connects and serves as a bridge line between the Interstate RR on the east and the Chesapeake & Ohio RR on the west.  These two connections provide traffic from several major lines including Southern, L&N, NW, WM, and Clinchfield railroads.  The primary sources of online revenue for the Weavie RR are generated by three coal branch lines and timber.  A short line dedicated to moving timber, the Ken Cove & Williamsburg RR shares trackage between Ken Cove and Ridgeside.

This multi-level N scale layout features 3.5 scale miles of mainline, a marshalling yard, and facilities for servicing coal locomotives.  Ed uses tried-and-true electrical blocks with several DC cabs.

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Jim Bailiff's Cincinnati Railroad - Sharonville Division - Date, Time.

This railroad is 26’ x 30’ multi-level HO scale, E-shaped walk-in railroad, depicting Kentucky coal and timber operations in the early 1950’s.  The layout is wired for both DC and DCC operation.  The railroad spans 120’ of mainline plus sidings and uses a helix to reach its three levels.  This beautiful layout is considered complete with all structures, scenery and backgrounds, and also includes many lighting effects.  The layout features the downtown Cincinnati area complete with passenger station, a roundhouse with associated coaling towers, water, and sanding operations. Structures have been built using Craftsman kits, kitbashing methods, and scratch building.  This is another must-see layout.

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Charlie Wheat's DRG&W Railroad - Cleveland Division - Date, Time.

The DRGW Cleveland Division is a 13’ x 27’ SN3 and S Standard scale freelanced railroad,  set in the northern New Mexico and southern Colorado area during the middle-to-late 1930’s.  Towns in Colorado include Ridgeway, Sargent and Rico; New Mexico towns include Dulce and Gato.  The beautiful western scenery is 80% complete, and the buildings are either Craftsman kits or scratch-built by a very talented modeler and owner.  There is over 200’ of mainline track, a portion of which is dual-gauge.  Also, a portion of the track is hand-laid.  The layout runs around the room at multiple elevations with stations at each town, as well as industries to deliver and pick up cars.  This is a must-see layout.  Try to find the fantasy dragon, haunted stump and Bigfoot skull.

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David Bobenread's free-lanced Railroad - O Scale - Date, Time.

David's “All-American Experience” is a 14’ x 50’ O scale, 3 rail extravaganza, depicting many freight operations, towns, and rail stations.  All buildings are lighted and the completed scenery includes a winter snow scene.  The layout can run up to eight freight and passenger trains at one time, representing many present and past railroad flags.  The highly detailed trains operate on two levels and the double mainline is 400 plus feet in length, allowing for interesting, opposing train meets.  This is a layout that will delight everyone.

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Randy Pye's L&N - Ringgold Division - Date, Time.

This HO railroad is in a 13’ x 13’ spare bedroom, with all trackwork and controls located within an arm's reach while seated.   It features an around the room twice mainline with several bridges and very nice photographic backdrops.  The engine facility includes a turntable and roundhouse, and a switching district was extended into the closet.  Motive power is mostly diesel with some run-through foreign power, and includes passenger traffic.The layout is strictly DC with Atlas controls.  Randy has recreated his childhood vision of 1950's through early 1970's L&N in southeastern TN and northern GA.

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David Holsinger's Nona County Rails - Date, Time.

This 13' x 30' HO layout set in springtime in the early1960's is a rail fanning delight.  It features a variety of midwest railroads (CB&Q, AT&SF, MP, to name a few) running on four separate mainlines, each on a separate level:  1) the Highport Route  2) the Ridgecut Route 3) the Rail Station Route and 4) the Wishbone Route.   The "farm side" of the layout includes stockpens, soybean and corn fields (including 8000 handmade cornstalks!), and greenhouses;  the "industrial side" of the layout includes an oil terminal, a cement plant, grain elevators, and numerous other detailed scenes.  This railroad has fully complete scenery and simple DC control.  David is a renown composer and conductor of another sort, but to relax he conducts the traffic on the Nona County Rails.

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