Layout Tour

Open House Layout Tours

Special Layout Open House

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Jerry (Mitch) Michnewicz's MNYC (Mitch's New York Central) (HO)

When Jerry was 18 years old, he was a telegrapher for the New York Central Railroad.  He has created a layout that brings back memories of his NYC experience in the late 1950's and is typical of industrial suburban Detroit, Michigan. The MNYC's overall size is 24x24 with more than 160 feet of mainline.   Scenery is 90% complete and is packed full of details.  This is a must see layout that can accommodate a large group at any one time.

Layout Open House

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Joe Nichols Jr., MMR's Alpine Central Railroad (HOn3) and (HO)

8915 Ridgemont Drive
Atlanta, GA 30350
See map: Google Maps
Wheelchair Accessible: No

The Alpine Central Railroad (former Western Division, C&S, DSP&P Railroad) is HOn3 with dual gauge HO.  Both areas are convoluted dogbone design occupying two 20x13 square foot rooms (total 520 sf) until I can get clearance from the ACRR director of finance to expand into a 625 sq ft room.  In the meantime we have installed a JMRI cab into the outer room designed after a narrow gauge locomotive cab for train control.  The layout if operated with DCS100/DB150 on Loconet with JMRI and cell phone throttles.  Depending on attendance, during the open house members are encouraged to download the apps and operate locomotives using their own cellphones.  The layout has been used to acquire the four NMRA AP awards for the layout as well as to display the models used to acquire the three model construction AP awards.

Layout Open House

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Dan Mansfield's Georgia Railroad - Camak Division

4814 Wildrose Court
Kennesaw, GA 30152
See map: Google Maps
Wheelchair Accessible: No

Dan's 2-rail O Scale model railroad is modeled after the Georgia Railroad, circa 1952.  In addition to the Augusta – Atlanta mainline, there are two branch lines and three yards.  It is an operations oriented layout, using DCC with sound.  Attendees are invited to participate in an informal operating session.

Layout Open House

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Gary Jarabek's Pennsylvania Railroad Southeast Division 3330 Old Wagon Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062
See map: Google Maps
Wheelchair Accessible: No

Freelanced Pennsylvania Railroad.  Locale Southeast in the early 1960’s. Ho scale with a mainline of 180 feet.  The scenery is 25% complete.  Is controlled with DCC and Digitrax.  Size of layout is 16 ft by 28 ft.




Layout Open House

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Stephen Sprinkle's Marietta Southern Railroad

596 Ward Meade Dr. SE
Marietta, GA 30067
See map: Google Maps
Wheelchair Accessible:  No

The Marietta Southern Railroad is a 13’ x 14’ HO scale layout that has full scenery. The layout includes eight operating industries, a five-track yard, and a two-track diesel servicing facility.  The layout is controlled via DCC. Cars are assembled into trains, and pick-ups and deliveries controlled, via a car-card system. The Marietta Southern is a modern, industrial short-line.  

Layout Open House

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Mike Fleming's Union Pacific, Sherman Hill Division

3211 Lemons Ridge Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30339
See map: Google Maps

Mike's HO scale railroad is based on the Sherman Hill Division, the most active division of the Union Pacific in the 1950s with a variety of steam engines, diesels and turbines.

The top level represents the long grade out of Cheyenne to the crest at Sherman station continuing to Hermosa Tunnel. A third line was added in 1953 with a lesser grade and is called the Harriman line.  It joins the two mainline tracks at Dale Junction.

The lower level represents a generic mid Nebraska town called Tecumsah. There is an agricultural industry area and a smaller town further west.

Scenery is about 80% completed on the layout. The outer room holds the staging tracks for Sherman above and Laramie below.

Layout Open House

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Dr. Paul Schenk's B&M Railroad (HO)

Paul has constructed a highly detailed layout set west of Boston during the transition era.

This largely free-lanced multi-deck layout  features a three foot long double trestle with over 1200 nut, bolt and washer castings. Also on the layout are a 20' freight yard, three South River Model Works buildings; waterfall and a 3' double track 19" high wooden trestle.  See Paul's layout online.

4487 Village Spring Place
Dunwoody, GA 30338
See Map: Google Maps


Piedmont Division Members-Only Operating Session

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 8:45am - 1:30pm

John Rieken is holding a Piedmont Division members-only operating session August 12, 2017 on his "Transcon-Four" HO scale layout.

This session is limited to Piedmont Division members only.  Space is limited - registration is required.

John's HO scale layout depicts terminal operations in the Chicago area near the end of the 1960’s.

This layout was designed as a transcontinental operation with Chicago as the hub of activity. When complete, operators will be able to take a Pennsylvania train from Philadelphia into Chicago, hand the transfer consist over to the Belt Railroad of Chicago, leave westbound on the CB&Q, and continue on to the west coast on the Great Northern from Minneapolis.

The track work on this 40’ x 53’ layout is currently 65% complete with operations taking place on the PRR, BROC and CB&Q. Digitrax DCC Simplex is used for Command and Control.

The "Transcon-Four" is located at:

371 E Coker Rd
Homer, GA 30547-2310

John is just off of I-85 approximately 60 miles north of Spaghetti Junction.

Layout Open House

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Morris Smith's The Mule Shoe & Western Railroad Company (HO)

Morris E Smith
2945 Pilgrim Mill Rd.

Cumming,GA 30041
(678) 234-4326
See map:  Google Maps

The Mule Shoe & Western RR Co. is a freelance HO scale model railroad set in the western states amid the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The primary purpose of the railroad is to provide movement of ore and timber from the mountains to the nearby town of Mule Shoe.

Construction began mid-March of 2012 and benchwork was completed in September of that year. Track work is 99% complete, with 320 feet of track installed on the lower level and about 70% of the scenery complete. The upper level has 230 feet of track installed and scenery is complete.    

See Morris' layout online.

Layout Open House

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Jerry (Mitch) Michnewicz's MNYC 
(Mitch's New York Central)

We are pleased to announce that Jerry (Mitch) Michnewicz is opening his home Saturday, March 25, giving you an opportunity to visit the MNYC (Mitch's New York Central). When Jerry was 18 years old, he was a telegrapher for the New York Central.

He has created an HO scale layout that brings back memories of his NYC experience in the late 1950's and is typical of industrial suburban Detroit, Michigan. Scenery is 100% complete and packed full of details.  This is a must see layout.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
See the MNYC online 

2834 Beverly Hills Dr NE
Marietta, GA 30068
(678) 503-8963
See map:  Google Maps


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