Layout Tours

There will be a number of great area home layouts open for tours during the convention. Here’s a sampling of the layouts you can visit:

EBT Shade Gap

Scale:    HOn3
Prototype:    EBT & Tuscarora Valley
Area Modeled:    south central PA
Era:    1906
Mainline Length:    75ft
Bench work:    L girder
Grade:    4%
Track:    Code55 & 40
% sceniced:    65
Control:    DC
Photos Allowed:    Yes
Located in:    Canonsburg, PA


Fully HOn3, this layout is a freelance connection between the prototype EBT and the Tuscarora Valley
railroads in southcentral PA. the layout is centered around the real PA town of East Waterford in the
Appalachian Mountains. Point to point with switching operations covering mercantile and logging
interests in the surrounding area. The layout is 15’ x 20’ with the time period in the early 1900’s. DC
block control is used to operate the trains. Track work is complete with scenery at the 99%+ level.

Blacklog & Shade Gap Eastern

Scale:    HO/HOn3
Prototype:    EBT & PRR
Area Modeled:    south central PA
Era:    Late 1930’s – Early 1940’s
Mainline Length:    65ft ng, 80ft std
Bench work:    Open Grid
Grade:    0% mainline, 4% branch
Track:    Code 83
% sceniced:    50+
Control:    DCC
Photos Allowed:    Yes
Located in:    Pittsburgh, PA


This HOn3/HO layout is an historically freelanced extension of the real East Broad Top RR set iin
southcentral PA during peak fall foliage two years pre WWII. It also features an abridged section of the
PRR Cumberland Valley Branch. Operations center on a small blast furnace served by both railroads with
a Long Branch spur to an iron ore mine at the top of a mountain, coal turns for the coke ovens and
mixed freight and passenger service. Narrow gauge power is mainly Colorado prototype lettered for the
local railroad. With pre WWII PRR steam and an occasional early diesel. The layout is 17’ x 21’ x 11’ in a
U shape in a first floor studio/office space. Track work is complete with scenery at the 90%+ level.
Control is wireless Digitrax.

Ohio Valley Lines (HO)

Scale:    HO
Prototype:    various western PA
Area Modeled:     western PA
Era:    1950’s
Mainline Length:    150ft+
Bench work:    Open Grid
Grade:    <2% mainline, 4% branch
Track:    Code 100
% sceniced:    90+
Control:    DCC
Photos Allowed:    Yes
Located in:    Aliquippa, PA


Ohio Valley Lines (N)

Scale:    N
Prototype:    various western PA
Area Modeled:     western PA
Era:    1940’s through 1990’s
Mainline Length:    175ft
Bench work:    Open Grid
Grade:    4%
Track:    Code 80
% sceniced:    95+
Control:    DCC
Photos Allowed:    Yes
Located in:    Aliquippa, PA


This group operates both HO and N layouts on two levels of this former retail building. Both depict life in the
upper Ohio River valley from 1940 through 1965. Both are DCC controlled. The HO has logging, steel,
coal, and heavy industry on multiple levels with interspersed towns for the scale workers. Steam and
diesel work the sidings around the layout. The N has a large city, water operations, and various
industries requiring switching with diesels doing most of the work. Construction began in 2000 with both
layouts being 95%+ complete.

Ferrocarril del Maipo

Scale:    On30, On18
Prototype:    Chilean narrow gauge
Area Modeled:   Santiago, Chile area 
Era:    1960’s to 1970’s
Mainline Length:    30ft
Bench work:    Modules
Grade:    0% Main, 2% Branch
Track:    Code 83
% sceniced:    100
Control:    DCC
Photos Allowed:   Yes
Located in:    Pittsburgh, PA


This On30/On18 layout is a set of interconnected modules in a spare bedroom depicting life in the area
around Santiago, Chile in the 1970‘s. Originally from that area, Alberto wanted to capture the feeling of
railroad life in his childhood hometown. The layout has harbor scenes, mining, and scenes of life around
town. Operations are accomplished via DCC. The modules are fully sceniced with extreme attention to
the details of life in the area at the time. Trackwork is complete with 100% scenery.

PRR Middle Division

Scale:    O Hi Rail
Prototype:    PRR
Area Modeled:   South Central PA 
Era:    1960’s to 1950’s
Mainline Length:    30ft
Bench work:    Grid
Grade:    0%
Track:    Code 95
Sceniced:    95
Control:    AC Command Control
Photos Allowed:   Yes
Located in:    Wexford, PA


This three rail O layout is set in southcentral PA depicting the PRR during the 1930’s through today. This
is accomplished by `aging’ the scenery and surroundings through time as the layout goes from east end
to west. This allows for operation a wide range of steam and diesel power. Towns, farms, and industries
are highly detailed for the ear they represent. Extreme attention to prototype engineering practices was
paid to assure the most realistic appearance. Fully signaled with multiple train operation. Track work is
complete with scenery at the 98%+ level.

Turtle Creek Railroad

Scale:    HO
Prototype:    freelance very heavy industry
Area Modeled:     western PA
Era:    1950’s & 1960’s
Mainline Length:    130ft+
Bench work:    Open Grid
Grade:    0% mainline, 2% branch
Track:    Code 100
% sceniced:    98+
Control:    DCC
Photos Allowed:    Yes
Located in:    McMurray, PA


This HO layout is a freelance heavy industrial switching operation filling 800sqft. The mainline is over
120ft with three long branch lines. Based in SW PA, it is transition era with 19 industrial spurs switching
900 cars with steam and diesel hauling the loads. Steel, coal, and manufacturing of all sorts dominate
the layout. Operation is the main focus for this layout. There is occasional passenger service. It is fully
signaled with NCE DCC wireless control. Track work is complete with scenery at the 99%+ level.

D.A.R.E. Model Railroad Club

The D.A.R.E. Model RR Club featured multiple layouts from N to G scale. Three are HO, one of
which depicts the Montour RR in the 1970’s. Another is a complete steel mill operation. The N
scale is new and under development. O scale railroads feature Lionel and MTH with DCS
(digital control). The G layout is multiple loops with a back and forth line. HO is a mixture of DC
and DCC. Layouts are all under constant construction and upgrading by the students with adult
supervision. Completion is 5% to 100% per layout. Additionally, the Montour RR Historical
Society has its archives displayed in the facility. Located in an old school that is now part of the
municipal park, they occupy the second and third floors of the building located in Venetia, PA.

Bob Prehoda

Scale:    HOPrototype:    freelance miming/industry
Area Modeled:     western PA to western MD
Era:    1957
Mainline Length:    300ft+
Bench work:    L girder
Grade:    2.5% mainline
Track:    Code 100
% sceniced:    100
Control:    DCC
Photos Allowed:    Yes
Located in:    N/ Huntingdon, PA

Turtle Creek Railroad

Scale:    HO
Prototype:    freelance very heavy industry
Area Modeled:     western PA
Era:    1950’s & 1960’s
Mainline Length:    130ft+
Bench work:    Open Grid
Grade:    0% mainline, 2% branch
Track:    Code 100
% sceniced:    98+
Control:    DCC
Photos Allowed:    Yes
Located in:    McMurray, PA


McKeesport Model Railroad Club

Layout Name: Mon Yough Valley / West Chestnut Ridge
Scale: HO/Hon3
Prototype: Western PA Freelance
Area Modeled: Western PA, Western MD, Cumberland to Pittsburgh
Era: Transition
Mainliine Length: 1176ft / 56ft
Benchwork: Grid & L girder
Grade: 2.5% / 2.2%
Track: Code 100 / Code 70
% sceniced: 70%
Control: DCC / DC
Photos Allowed: Yes
Located in: McKeesport, PA
Size: 2200sqft

Linn Moedinger

My Hon3 railroad models the Rio Grande Southern from Rico to Ridgway along with the Telluride branch. Additionally, I model the entire East Broad Top, and the Colorado & Southern Gunnison division. All are modeled in 1957 and all are physically connected and profitable unless you talk to the auditor who happens to be my wife. The layout is DC block control with PFM and PBL sound. Each railroad is a bit over 90 yards long and they are housed in a building approximately 24 by 66 feet. Most of the pike is scenicked, at least the first layer, with many areas basically complete. Operations are TTTO using working order boards controlled by the dispatcher. A telegraph and telephone system allows communication. Most buildings are accurate for their location, some are not. Many scenes are reasonably like the prototype, some are complete whimsey.

I will be open noon to 4 pm on Sunday, September 15th.