Layout Open House

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network (GPLN)
HO Scale Industrial Diorama

3235 Abit Massey Way
Gainesville, GA 30507
See map: Google Maps
See the GPLN Diorama online

The Georgia Poultry Diorama, housed at the Georgia Poultry Laboratory, was created in an effort to educate and train industry personnel and educate visitors of all ages about the poultry and allied industries, the typical country and town environment surrounding poultry, and the commercialization and exports of poultry and poultry products.


  • HO scale.  Scenery 100% completed.
  • 9’ wide X 36’ long flat plywood constructed table.
  • Two railroads are represented; CSX and Norfolk Southern.
  • Train runs on a 90’ main line at a fixed elevation of 0”.
  • Control is by analogue DC and timer.
  • Curving backdrop extends the views of the diorama on all sides by providing depth to the scenes with the painted in situ artwork of two artists.
  • The art of forced perspective is used throughout the diorama to give the scenes more depth in a very limited space available.
  • Approximately 4,000 trees of different types are present, many are handmade.
  • The poultry farms and some other features are custom built, while others are made from HO kits, kitbashed, super detailed and weathered.
  • The terrain varies from elevation 0 to elevation + 20”.
  • The topography is built up with sculpted 1” and 2” thick sheets of construction foam insulation, plaster molds, and commercially available materials
  • Lighting throughout the diorama and inside buildings is by custom installed LEDs and fiber optics.


  • Very easy access: north on I-85 to I-285.  Then 30 minute drive north to Abit Massey Way and you’re there.
  • Good example of model railroading hobby working with industry.
  • See blending of scenery with artist painted backdrops.
  • See professionally built structures, Kitbashed structures and plenty of roof superdetailing.
  • Gain an understanding of the poultry industry in Georgia.