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Bloomington Layouts

Marty Witkiewicz’s  Erie Lackawanna Railway, Fairfax Division

Welcome to the Erie Lackawanna Fairfax Division, a prototype based freelance HO scale model railroad of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.  Scenes on the layout are representative of cities, industries and scenery found almost anywhere throughout the United States.  The details, structures, engines and rolling stock are typical of what may have been found along the railroad between the year 1970 and 1975.

Bob Talbot's  Freelanced Kentucky and West Virginia

A freelanced layout set in the coal region of Kentucky and W. Va.  The point to point mainline has a helix leading to a 30 foot staging yard, holding 16 trains.  The railroad runs north to south from Newport Ky. to Dante Va. While not based on any prototype, the railroad borrows from scenes and names of  locations visited on railfanning trips over the years.

Bob Talbot
Bob Case's Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

The Baltimore & Ohio was the first railroad in the world to attempt to cross a mountain range.  Fascinated by that effort, Bob Case chose to create the part of the crossing known as the "West End", including some of his favorite scenes between Cumberland, Maryland and Grafton, West Virginia.  In order to make these scenes realistic, he has walked or ridden a mountain bicycle to take hundreds of photos.  As shown below, it’s now spring in 1948 and you can watch B & O trains battle the mountains.  

Bo Case
Pete Pedigo's New Unionville and Western Railroad

This is Pete Pedigo's 1/8 scale railroad that he has built and operates with some of his best friends.  It is located north of Bloomington on his 50 acre homestead.  There is over 1 and half miles of mainline track with passing sidings.  There are 6 bridges on the layout, excuse me, railroad and a 175 foot long tunnel.

Trevor Jones / Midland & Great Western Junction Railway

Trevor Jones' N scale Midland & Great Western Junction Railway is set in the County of Gloucester, England. The era is the late 1950's early 1960's period (the trains Trevor saw and loved as a boy). Two regions of British Railways operate autonomously: the Midland Region, a double track main line and the Western Region, a hilly cross country single track line, with the principle interchange at Newnham on Severn. Cheltenham St James is a large stub end station on the Midland with a sizable engine shed, both laid out to prototype plans. The Western taps the industries, mines and quarries of the Forest Of Dean as well as serving two river docks.


Part of the layout was an 7' x 11' portable module for over 35 years . . . . it was recognized with 2 awards at the 2005 NTS. It happily moved from the corner of a garage to a 1700 square foot basement in 2009 and has been growing rapidly since. 

For updates and more on Trevor's layout click here.

Trevor Jones
Robert Sharp's Gulf Mobile and Ohio Railway - HO scale
Robert Sharp's GM&O Railroad started out as an Atlas track plan "Berkshire Valley" project for his grandchildren.  It evolved into a Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio pike, set in Meridian, Mississippi in the 1960s. Robert's pike includes DCC operations and the layout has a helix that leads to staging   The layout now has full scenery.

Paul Lutz's Conrail Marion Branch - HO scale

The HO scale Conrail Marion Branch railroad is set in the mid-1990’s time frame.  It is loosely based on an existing line running north and south from Elkhart (Goshen, IN) to Indianapolis (Avon, IN) with intermediate yards/switching points at south Anderson, Marion, Warsaw (Ft. Wayne) and Peru, IN.  This is a double deck, point-to-point mainline with a third, lower staging level – all of which is connected by a helix.  The mainline run is approximately 300 feet.  The layout is comprised mainly of L-girder benchwork with code 83 track laid on either homasote or cork.  Train control is via a Digitrax duplex system and Operations are controlled by a dispatcher who is in radio contact with the train crews.  Car forwarding utilizes car cards and waybills

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Paul Surburg's

Pennsylvania Railroad

This  HO layout is based upon the PRR in the 50s. It is a double track main line with two levels. A 1.7 grade connects the two levels. There are Pennsy position light signals for the main line. A typical freight will have 30 cars and a cabin car. The name passenger trains will have 10 or 11 cars and replicate the consist of that era. A unique feature of this layout is an elevator line fashioned after the NYC subway system.

Paul Surburg
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