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Arborway, T.T. & Northwestern Railroad

John Woods’ Arborway, T.T. & Northwestern Railroad

The Arborway, T.T. & Northwestern Railroad is one of the largest private miniature railroads in North America. It is located on Woodsvalley Farm near Steelville, Missouri. It was the dream of investment banker John R. Woods with five miles of track, two tunnels, one wood trestle, auto...
Iron Spike Model Train Museum HO Layout

Iron Spike Model Train Museum in Washington, Missouri

Members of the Gateway Division NMRA and St. Louis NRHS recently visited the Iron Spike Model Train Museum. The museum was established in 2016 to honor and preserve the railroad heritage of the Midwest. This dream of a few model train enthusiasts, with the support of dedicated volunte...
Hank Kraichely’s HO Scale Burlington Route Hannibal Division

Hank Kraichely’s HO Scale Burlington Route Hannibal Division

Hank’s double-deck layout depicts the St. Louis to Hannibal portion of the CB&Q Railroad’s northbound main known as the “K” Line along with interchanges, a branchline, and lots of online industries....
Dave Lyon's Downe & Audt Line HO Model Railroad

Dave Lyon’s Downe & Audt Line HO Model Railroad

Dave Lyon’s HO scale Downe & Audt Line Railroad was part of the layout tour for the 2016 Gateway NMRA Train Show. These photos were taken during the tour. The layout started in one 12'x22' room and later expanded into a 7'x14' portion of the adjoining room through a tunnel in the wall...
David Lowell’s HO Scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

David Lowell’s HO Scale Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

David Lowell’s Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad is a 10’x16’ oval with a 15-foot shelf extension. It depicts the southern two-thirds of the Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway’s 121 mile route between Peoria and Taylorville Illinois in the mid 1950s....
Litchfield Train Group's HO Scale Illinois Model Railroad

Litchfield Train Group’s HO Scale Illinois Model Railroad

The Litchfield Train Group's 55'x44' HO scale layout depicts the ever-gentle rolling countryside of Illinois from Centralia to Chicago. The scenery of the main room is set in the 50s/60s-era when steam engines were becoming extinct and diesel locomotives were gaining in popularity. Th...
Bob Boedges’ Fussin & Fumin N Scale Model Railroad

Bob Boedges’ Fussin & Fumin N Scale Model Railroad

Bob has created a beautiful fully-sceniced modern-era BNSF N scale model railroad empire in the two-car garage and lower level of his split-level home. The layout features a single-track mainline with hidden staging and an industrial branchline that leads to a highly detailed, very im...
Tom Trotter's Pacific Coast Logging Diorama

Tom Trotter’s Pacific Coast Logging Diorama

By the 1880s, logging railroads were common in the dense old-growth forests of California. The loggers would clear-cut sites (usually the easiest to access first) which met their needs for a camp: service buildings, tramways, and sawmills. Tom's diorama includes all the elements of a ...
2014 Missouri Botanical Garden “Gardenland Express” Garden Railroad

2014 Missouri Botanical Garden “Gardenland Express” Garden Railroad

The 2014 Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, on display from November 22, 2014 through January 4, 2015, presented a journey through the history of the Garden's plant collections. This year's show included models of structures from the Gar...
Pete Smith’s Beautiful Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Co. Sn3 Model Railroad

Pete Smith’s Beautiful Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Co. Sn3 Model Railroad

Marvel at the scenic wonder and beautiful details on Pete Smith's 28’x20’ Sn3 narrow-gauge layout. Shays and Heislers crawl over the 125-foot loop-to-loop mainline servicing logging, mining and waterfront operations....
Patrick Pope's Cotton Belt Model Railroad

Patrick Pope’s Cotton Belt Jonesboro Subdivision Model Railroad

Patrick brings first-hand railroad experience to model railroading. His HO scale Cotton Belt is a point-to-point railroad designed for operation. The yard represents Jonesboro, Arkansas with East St. Louis, Memphis, and Pine Bluff staging yards....
Jerry Prott's N Scale Great Empire Railroad

Jerry Prott’s N Scale Great Empire Railroad

Jerry's amazing N scale Great Empire layout is an enormous 22'x46' with a 17’x6’ addition that serves as the passenger/freight yard. The double-track mainline is a scale 15 miles in length and the curves are a broad 30” and 36” radius....