North Central Crossing Layout Tours

(no name) O, On30 Fred Cosgrove Sterling Heights See description 50% 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.

B&M Green River Sub. HO Gale Saxton Troy 24' x 38' 15% 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

Buffalo Creek & Gauley S Brooks Stover Oakland Township 44' x 25' 100% 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.

C&O Clifton Forge Div. HO Mike Burgett Waterford 1400 sq. ft, 500 ft. mainline 80% 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.

C&O Greenbrier Branch HO Rick Ware Royal Oak   95% 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.

Central Indiana Railroad HO Ed Black Bloomfield Hills 15' x 25' 66% 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.

Chesapeake and Ohio O Rich Hait Madison Heights     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.

Cimarron and Santa Fe HO Tim Fisher Grosse Pointe Woods 38' x 26'   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.

CNW - Peninsula Div. HO Dick Harden White Lake see description 80% 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.

Coal & Coke RR HO Bill Gawthrop Oakland Township 800 sq ft 50% 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.

Detroit Union Railroad O Detroit Model Railroad Club Holly 4800 sq ft 66% 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.

Durango & Silverton On3, O Tom Dart Bloomfield Hills 2 layouts in 33' x 72 '   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.

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern HO John DePauw Lake Orion 2000 sq ft 100% 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).

Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Port Jervis Division HO Ted Pilchak   "half-basement" 30% 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.

GN Cascade Mountains HO Scott Kremer Northville 1200 sq ft 99% 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.

Grand Trunk Western's Holly Subdivision HO South Oakland County Model Railroad Club Royal Oak 30' x 50' 70% 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,, by clicking the Layout button.

Great Union Northern & Iron Range HO Jim Revenaugh Richmond 524 ft of mainline 35% 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

La Route Des Vin Rail Road HO, HOe, Z Tony Britsky Troy 12' x 14' 50% 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.

Loon Lake Rwy & Navigation Co. G Rick and Marie Ware Royal Oak   95% 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.

Michigan Lines HO Jay Qualman Milford 92' x 33' 10% 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.

Mineral Range Railroad HO Warren Yohe Troy 23' x 18' 95% 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.

Move It On Railroad System N Rad Jones Oakland Township 151 sq ft 100% 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)

New Baltimore & Fair Haven RR HO Greg Rich New Baltimore Irregularly shaped; 30' x 50' x 15' 50% 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.

Pennsylvania Division of the Baltimore & Ohio HO Paul Young Macomb 38' x 20' 20% 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.

Rochester & Richmond HO George Van Duyne Bloomfield Hills 33' x 16' 75% 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.

Santa Fe Northern HO Gene Kome Warren 500 sq ft 75% 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.

Southern Pacific HO Don Barron White Lake   65% 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.

The North Montana Line N Dan Lewis Rochester Hills 18' x 25' 80% 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.

Union Pacific and Santa Fe HO Phil Maaske Troy     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.