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NSWRR - Nebraska & Southwestern (N) Shelf

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The Housatonic Railroad - in N scale

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Spokane Southern Railroad (HO)

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I figured I would introduce the group to my n-scale layout and it’s back story. The 2nd Sub of the Boise Division is a proto-freelanced layout based...

The Palisade Canyon Railroads (N)

A west bound Southern Pacific manifest is crossing the Humboldt River near Palisade Ranch in central Nevada.

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Riel and Maëlle’s Model Railroad (N)

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Missouri Pacific Railroad’s Central Division (HO)


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BN 8th Sub (Issaquah Branch) 1/29 Scale (Outdoors)

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Bunkbed Switching Layout HO scale

This shelf is the beginning of my incredibly small switching layout in a room measuring 8 x 9.5 feet. I hope this might be an inspiration to anyone...

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