North Central Crossing Layout Tours

About 30 layouts will be open for touring during the North Central Crossing Convention, November 1, 2, and 3. The layouts are described below. A schedule of which layouts will be open during each of the five layout tour time periods will be posted separately. Since activities at the Convention site have to end while the evening is still young, we will be cajoling some of the layout owners into staying open late on Friday and Saturday evening, so you might get to view some layouts after your last clinic. Addresses and directions will be provided to registered convention attendees upon check-in at the convention.

Check this page on the web site again as the convention nears, as we intend to add more photographs and videos to help you decide how to spend your touring time.

A great big "Thank you!" goes out to the owners, builders, and assistants who make it possible for these great layouts to exist and be open for our pleasure and inspiration!

Phil Doolittle, Layout Tour Coordinator

Name
(no name)
Scale
O, On30
Owner
Fred Cosgrove
Town
Sterling Heights
Size
See description
% Scenery Completed
50%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Friday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Two layouts: O Scale Trolley (100% sceniced) -11 X 15 U shaped/ O Scale Railroad 21X54 with a18X16 On30 included. Trolley loosely 1940/50 era of the Chicago South Shore & South Bend interurban running from Michigan City shops to South Bend. Railroad (50% sceniced) - 1960/70 based on the Southern RR in Frankfort Ky., with connection with the narrow gauge railroads in the mountains.

      

 

Name
B&M Green River Sub.
Scale
HO
Owner
Gale Saxton
Town
Troy
Size
24' x 38'
% Scenery Completed
15%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Gale Saxton's freelanced Green River Subdivision depicts the Boston & Maine Railroad in New Hampshire and Vermont. Designed for operations, the layout features many industries and switching challenges for train crews. Modeling the 1950's era with steam and diesel locomotives, the layout is an excellent example of modeling an east coast railroad

    

 

Name
Buffalo Creek & Gauley
Scale
S
Owner
Brooks Stover
Town
Oakland Township
Size
44' x 25'
% Scenery Completed
100%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

This operation-oriented layout depicts the Buffalo Creek and Gauley, a 19 mile West Virginia shortline, and its' interchange with the B&O in the late 1950's. The highly sceniced layout features prototypical scratch-built structures, motive power, and rolling stock; with coal and logging operations scenes. The layout is point-to-point around the wall with a peninsula. Wireless DCC with sound. Published in Railroad Model Craftsman Feb 2008, Great Model Railroads 2011, Model Railroader November 2012 and Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette January 2013.

    

 

Name
C&O Clifton Forge Div.
Scale
HO
Owner
Mike Burgett
Town
Waterford
Size
1400 sq. ft, 500 ft. mainline
% Scenery Completed
80%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to Saturday, 10:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Mike's unique and fascinating completely-prototypical CTC machine actually controls the layout, and was built before the layout was started. The CTC system features all aspects of prototype signaling as employed by the C&O (route locking, time locking, call-on features and prototype C&O signal aspects). The layout matches the quality of the CTC machine - a walk-around double-deck representation of the Clifton Forge Division of the C&O featuring operating signals, mountainous scenery, and command control.

 

 

Name
C&O Greenbrier Branch
Scale
HO
Owner
Rick Ware
Town
Royal Oak
Size
 
% Scenery Completed
95%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

An autumn depiction of the prototypical area of eastern West Virginia, best known for the Cass Scenic Railroad. The layout features river valley scenes, a large tannery structure, and other recognizable prototypical structures of Ronceverte, Marlinton and Cass on a point-to-loop track plan.

   

 

Name
Central Indiana Railroad
Scale
HO
Owner
Ed Black
Town
Bloomfield Hills
Size
15' x 25'
% Scenery Completed
66%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The Central Indiana Railroad is a free-lanced model of steam operations on a short line railroad in the Hoosier hills in 1917. The track is mostly hand-laid with Code 70 rail. Scenery features scratchbuilt deciduous trees and many hand cast rock outcroppings. Trackwork include a double-slip, several three-way turnouts, and a gauge separation switch, all hand crafted. You'll see lots of scratch-built, turn-of-the-last-century structures. The layout features an Indiana limestone quarry, a saw mill, a coal mine, an oil field and many wooden scratch-built freight cars.

   

 

Name
Chesapeake and Ohio
Scale
O
Owner
Rich Hait
Town
Madison Heights
Size
 
% Scenery Completed
 
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Nicely detailed O scale layout represents a bridge line between Cincinnati, Detroit and Clifton Forge in the 1945 ot 1955 era, using both steam and diesel. Point to point operation, with DCC and sound. Operations use car cards and radios.

 

 

Name
Cimarron and Santa Fe
Scale
HO
Owner
Tim Fisher
Town
Grosse Pointe Woods
Size
38' x 26'
% Scenery Completed
 
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Cimarron and Santa Feserves the industrial area of Amarillo, Texas. The era is 1940's with big steam power, long trains and some early diesels. Major customers are the Garvey Mill, Producer's Grain, the Amarillo Stock yards, Amrillo Hardware, and the interchanges with Rock Island and Fort Worth and Denver. The model is 38' x 26' around three sides of the area in a loop to loop double track dogbone plan.

 

 

Name
CNW - Peninsula Div.
Scale
HO
Owner
Dick Harden
Town
White Lake
Size
see description
% Scenery Completed
80%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm

The layout is HO scale and is full basement size 29' x 32' with a 7' x 13' extension for the classification yard and another extension which is 18" W x 13' L which is used as a 7 track staging yard. It is a freelanced RR based on the Chicago North Western in Michigan's UP and North Eastern Wisconsin in the fall of the 1940's to mid 1950's era. It is fully operational and is controlled by CVProducts - Easy DCC digital system. Most of the turnouts are operated with Tortoise machines and controlled by toggles in panels on the facia.The layout is 80% scenic-ed with fall colors and there are many completed structures either detailed kits, kit bashed or scratch built. Steam and diesel locomotives ply the RR and all of the steam locos have sound. All of the industries and towns are named after those actually serviced by the CNW during this time period.

    

 

Name
Coal & Coke RR
Scale
HO
Owner
Bill Gawthrop
Town
Oakland Township
Size
800 sq ft
% Scenery Completed
50%
Tour Dates: Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

My peninsular layout captures the character of the rolling hills of central West Virginia. The Coal & Coke RR is a coal hauler delivering coal for interchange with the Baltimore & Ohio RR and Western Maryland Railway. The era for the layout is mid-1950’s with steam being the predominate locomotive power.

   

 

Name
Detroit Union Railroad
Scale
O
Owner
Detroit Model Railroad Club
Town
Holly
Size
4800 sq ft
% Scenery Completed
66%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The Detroit Model Railroad Club is the 10th oldest model railroad club in the United States and was founded in 1935. The club has built 6 model railroads over the ensuing 78 years. The club's Detroit Union Railroad is located in and fills an old movie theater in Holly. It os one of the largest model railroads in the United States. A movie theater has a sloping floor and the Detroit Club has put it to good use. Scenery is massive in both height and breadth. All of the 5800 feet of standard gauge track on the railroad is hand laid. Trains as long as 45 cars traverse the 950 foot long mainline on grades of up to 1 1/2%. Minimum radius is 6 feet. There is also a 200 foot long branch line with 3% grades that interchanges with a 120 foot long On3 railroad. There is a loads in-empties out industry pair that includes a major coal mine and a coal fired electric generating plant. These two industries accommodate up to 100 hopper cars between them. A major automotive manufacturing center has recently been added to the railroad with 46 specific car spots in the complex. It is a major source of and a termination point for rail traffic on the railroad. There is 7 1/2 feet of elevation difference from the lowest point to the highest point on the railroad. 3400 square feet of railroad is operational with 66% of the scenery in that area complete. Another 1800 square feet of railroad is currently under construction. The railroad is operated with NCE DCC. All of the throttles are radio throttles.

      

 

Name
Durango & Silverton
Scale
On3, O
Owner
Tom Dart
Town
Bloomfield Hills
Size
2 layouts in 33' x 72 '
% Scenery Completed
 
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The Durango & Silverton is a club size layout with complete scenery and housed in a beautiful setting. On3 with hand laid track, all brass locomotives and stunning scenes depicting the old West of Colorado. The D&S was originally built by Doug Tagsold, Blissfield, Michigan. Tom purchased the layout from Doug when it was necessary to vacate the building housing the layout. Tom had the room constructed and enlarged the D&S from its original configuration. There is also an O scale standard gauge layout in progress. While the Durango & Silverton turnouts are operated by ground throws the standard gauge features decoder controlled servo switch machines controlled via a touch screen line diagram using JMRI. Both layouts are DCC using Easy DCC throttles.

    

 

Name
Elgin, Joliet & Eastern
Scale
HO
Owner
John DePauw
Town
Lake Orion
Size
2000 sq ft
% Scenery Completed
100%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

John DePauw's famous Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway is a multi-deck rendition of the belt line railroad around Chicago, including all of the interchanges with other Chicago-area railroads. Set in 1973, the layout is housed in a 2,000 sq. ft. basement. Featuring the large yards of Waukegan, Joliet, Gary, U.S Steel and the BN's Eola, the layout can accommodate up to 22 operators during a session, and is dispatched with two CTC machines. Operating signals, card cards; DCC (NCE).

      

 

Name
Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Port Jervis Division
Scale
HO
Owner
Ted Pilchak
Town
 
Size
"half-basement"
% Scenery Completed
30%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

My Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Port Jervis Division, is a loose interpretation of the EL as it made its way through NewYork and Pennsylvania. There is also a branch line to Cleveland, where you'll see two Hueletts unloading the lakes freighter Champlain. The ship is still under construction. The layout features a hidden yard controlled by lasers and other electronics. Also, a fully operational signal system. The layout has about 30% of its scenery complete.

   

 

Name
GN Cascade Mountains
Scale
HO
Owner
Scott Kremer
Town
Northville
Size
1200 sq ft
% Scenery Completed
99%
Tour Dates: Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Modeling the Great Northern Railway through the Cascade Mountains in the early fall of 1955, Scott Kremer's layout features beautiful scenery that varies by elevation and location and includes snow scenes and the gray, rainy areas so common to the Pacific Northwest. The layout runs steam, diesel and heavy electrics operating under over 140 feet of catenary. With few exceptions all structures are scratchbuilt, most to prototype drawings and photos. The layout has been expand by over 135 sq. ft. over the last two years and much has changed. All locomotives operate with DCC sound.

 

 

Name
Grand Trunk Western's Holly Subdivision
Scale
HO
Owner
South Oakland County Model Railroad Club
Town
Royal Oak
Size
30' x 50'
% Scenery Completed
70%
Tour Dates: Saturday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The South Oakland Division of the Grand Trunk Western is a semi-prototypical layout based on the Holly Subdivision of the GTW, located in southeastern Michigan during the period of the mid 1950s to the mid-1970s. The layout is double deck, point to point, encompassing 700 feet of main line and two hidden helixes, set on 1” square steel tubing benchwork at heights of 62" to 65" for the upper level and 42" to 46" for the lower level. Here are some additional details:

  • Minimum aisle width: 4 feet
  • Roadbed: Cork (on 2" foam sub-roadbed)
  • Track: Tillig Code 83 (Mainline), Peco Code 75 (Yards)
  • Minimum curve radius: 36"
  • Maximum grade: 1.0% (1.65% in helix)
  • Scenery construction: Foam
  • Backdrop construction: Masonite and drywall
  • Control: DCC - Digitrax radio control

Diagrams of the layout available at our website, http://socmrrc.org/, by clicking the Layout button.

      

 

Name
Great Union Northern & Iron Range
Scale
HO
Owner
Jim Revenaugh
Town
Richmond
Size
524 ft of mainline
% Scenery Completed
35%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

A freelance Iron Ore hauler from the mine to the ore dock in Aug. of 1941. All sound, all radio & all steam with a main line run of approx 524' on 4 levels with scenery about 35% complete. You can see an ore run on the GUN&IR from last year on youtube----Ore Extra 306E

    

 

Name
La Route Des Vin Rail Road
Scale
HO, HOe, Z
Owner
Tony Britsky
Town
Troy
Size
12' x 14'
% Scenery Completed
50%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Designed for one man operation, La Route Des Vin Rail Road is a free lance depiction of 1950-1970 Europe (France, Austria, Germany & Holland) and features catenary over both mainline and trolley track, DCC, surround sound and styrofoam scenery base. Sound system train station announcements are made in English, French, and German.

   

 

Name
Loon Lake Rwy & Navigation Co.
Scale
G
Owner
Rick and Marie Ware
Town
Royal Oak
Size
 
% Scenery Completed
95%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The Loon Line Railway & Navigation Company garden railroad features a pond with a railroad tunnel under a waterfall; wood bridges & trestles; a circus; various structures among mature landscaping; and a variety of rod- & geared-locomotives and diesels. The layout models the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

   

 

Name
Michigan Lines
Scale
HO
Owner
Jay Qualman
Town
Milford
Size
92' x 33'
% Scenery Completed
10%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Jay and Brooke Qualman have built a large, prototypically-accurate layout depicting the lines radiating from Detroit and Windsor in the early 1950s. The Pere Marquette, New York Central and Grand Trunk Western are represented, along with seven other railroads, resultig in a line with complex trackwork and many junctions. Many outstanding scratchbuilt structures representing locally- and personally- significant buildings enhance this layout. This layout features steel uni-strut construction across multiple peninsulas, with four lift bridges to clear the way.

     

 

Name
Mineral Range Railroad
Scale
HO
Owner
Warren Yohe
Town
Troy
Size
23' x 18'
% Scenery Completed
95%
Tour Dates: Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The Mineral Range Railroad represents a prototypical 1890's short-line railroad serving the once-booming "Copper Country" mining region in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

    

 

Name
Move It On Railroad System
Scale
N
Owner
Rad Jones
Town
Oakland Township
Size
151 sq ft
% Scenery Completed
100%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The New York Central in N-scale -- featuring a passenger terminal, several well-detailed small towns and villages, and many yards (including a coach yard, freight, intermodal, and military yards). Some interior building lighting, signals and animated signs. DCC operations. Published in N Scale Railroading (May/June 2005)

  

 

Name
New Baltimore & Fair Haven RR
Scale
HO
Owner
Greg Rich
Town
New Baltimore
Size
Irregularly shaped; 30' x 50' x 15'
% Scenery Completed
50%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The point to point NB & FH is a freelanced working railroad serving among other points of interest, two waterfronts set in Autumn of the early part of the last century. It is a time of steam engines, wooden cars with truss rods & fish-bellies, wooden ships, bridges and buildings. Many of the models on the railroad are scratch or Craftsman kit builds. Control is complements of Digitrax with many of the locomotives equipped with sound.

    

 

Name
Pennsylvania Division of the Baltimore & Ohio
Scale
HO
Owner
Paul Young
Town
Macomb
Size
38' x 20'
% Scenery Completed
20%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Pennsylvania Division of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is a fictional division operating in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The railroad serves coal and industrial customers of that region. The railroad is set in forties but with artistic license it runs early diesels along with steam. The emphasis is on capturing the scenery of South Western Pennsylvania and providing a state for operation. The railroad is designed for operation. The Baltimore & Ohio has merged with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad and shares operations. Five passenger trains are run on a schedule and four unit coal trains serves two mines and a power house. Freight trains also serve local industries. The layout was started during the winter of 2011 and the Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club’s Monday night work group has been invaluable in helping build the layout.

  

 

Name
Rochester & Richmond
Scale
HO
Owner
George Van Duyne
Town
Bloomfield Hills
Size
33' x 16'
% Scenery Completed
75%
Tour Dates: Friday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The Rochester & Richmond is a freelanced railroad in Appalachia region in the late steam era, with steam locos the primary power. Double track mainline of about 130 feet with single track branch line to two coal mines. Completed scenery ranges from industrial towns to mountains and includes a winter scene.

     

 

Name
Santa Fe Northern
Scale
HO
Owner
Gene Kome
Town
Warren
Size
500 sq ft
% Scenery Completed
75%
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Gene Kome's Santa Fe Northern features a two track mainline with many switching opportunities and staging tracks at each end. Industries served by rail include a glass bottle manufacturing plant, a food distribution facility, a concrete transit mix plant, a propane distributor, a grain elevator complex, and a feed distributor. Scenery includes a lake, swamp, river and a farm complete with cows, baled hay, corn and pumpkins.

   

 

Name
Southern Pacific
Scale
HO
Owner
Don Barron
Town
White Lake
Size
 
% Scenery Completed
65%
Tour Dates: Saturday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Don models the Southern Pacific from San Diego to San Francisco during the late Stream era with some early diesels. Most of the Stream engines are heavy. Runs passengers and heavy freight. Trolley line runs through half to the layout. Large round house, icing facility and coal mine.
Hidden lower level staging area.

    

 

Name
The North Montana Line
Scale
N
Owner
Dan Lewis
Town
Rochester Hills
Size
18' x 25'
% Scenery Completed
80%
Tour Dates: Friday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Friday, 6:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday, 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Dan Lewis' North Montana Line models the Milwaukee Railroad running through Montana in the mid-1950's. The layout features superb scenery, scratchbuilt structures, detailed locomotives and rolling stock. The layout has been widely published, including: Model Railroader magazine (Oct 1999); N Scale Railroading (May/June 2004); N Scale (May/June 2003), the NMRA Bulletin, and most recently again in Model Railroader in September of 2011.

 

 

Name
Union Pacific and Santa Fe
Scale
HO
Owner
Phil Maaske
Town
Troy
Size
 
% Scenery Completed
 
Tour Dates: Friday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Philip's layout models the Union Pacific and Santa Fe in the early 1950's, and features floor-to-ceiling scenery with a layout design where a train traverses a particular scene only once. The layout is designed for point-to-point operations between two staging yards (Winslow AZ & North Platte NE), meeting at Aurora, CO. Scenery includes a large desert. L-girder construction with a 28-foot peninsula; DCC.