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Southern Pacific in the Inland Empire

The SPIE RR idea came about from a suggestion of a friend many years after dismantling my SPIDGE RR. Southern Pacific in Dad's Garage. I am the Dad. I...

Crawford & Cherokee - Robert J. Thomas


The Crawford and Cherokee is an HO scale layout set in Southeast Kansas on the Weir-Pittsburg Coal Field. The layout is a (mostly)...

The Sandersville Railroad (HO)

Hey guys, I have been out of model railroading for a while. I'm working toward a plan to get back in. I've decided to model the Sandersville Railroad...

Stoney Creek Branch of the ET&WNC (On30)

On30, been in many many magazines over the years..

The Housatonic Railroad - in N scale

This Layout thread will be covering my modeling efforts in building the N scale version of the Housatonic RR (HRRC).

This has been a project...

Spokane Southern Railroad (HO)

The HO scale Spokane Southern Railroad is my freelanced basement-sized model railroad. The railroad is approximately 11 scale miles long, running between...

2nd Sub Burlington Northern Boise Division (N)

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...

Scratched car and six axle trucks

I started this car before I realized no 11' wheelbase six axle Buckeye trucks were available! Being hard headed, I decided to make my own! The car hauled...

The Palisade Canyon Railroads (N)

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

Hi, I'm new here at Realistic...

Riel and Maëlle’s Model Railroad (N)

I never had a layout thread before so please bare with me and we will see how this goes.

I started this layout about 4 years ago. It is...

WP's Canyon Sub in N Scale

A 55 car train on the Williams Loop.

The layout is of mushroom design in a 28' X 52' basement. I designed it back in...

White Pine (N)

So A little over a year ago I decided to downsize layouts. I decided to model the end of Wisconsin Central’s White Pine Subdivision in White Pine, Michigan...

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

I'm modeling a former NP, then BN, then BNSF, now abandoned branchline out of Seattle, WA. I only have room to model the area of Redmond, and Issaquah....

CNY&NE RR Proto Freelance HO 1957-62 Era layout

OVERVIEW: Located in the lower level of my home in Northeast PA, my proto-freelanced 1957-62 era Central New York & New England HO layout is being...

AC&Y - The Akron Service District (N)

Greetings. I've been interested in and working on one version or another of the AC&Y for the last 20 or so years. It's kind of frightening to write...

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