Indianapolis Layouts

Mike Duncan's Milwaukee Road Southeast Division

Era: 1970’s to 1980’s    Size: 25' x 35'   Scenery: 95%   

Location:  West and southern Indiana

Prototype: Milwaukee Road with connections to Penn Central / Conrail

Features: Freelanced prototype with detailed scenery, scratch built and kit-bashed structures, prototype operations using computer programming and Digitrax DCC.  Single level with continuous run and point-to-point.  Featured in the January 2011 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.

Jim Munn's Christie Division of the C&NW


Jim's layout is truly impressive, and is a popular stop on Indianapolis-based layout tours.

James and Phillip Burnside's   Steel Mill Railroad


Railroads have long been the primary means of transportation for the steel industry, from delivering resources to moving materials around the workplace to hauling away finished goods.  So the modeling of steel operations is quite common, especially around the "Rust Belt" region of the country.  There is now a Special Interest Group (SIG) dedicated just to the modelers of steel mill operations . . . check out the link down the screen at this URL:  


The Burnsides belong to the Steel Mill Modelers group, and are developing an amazing layout that depicts the steel production process.

John Poray's Adirondack Division of the New York Central

This HO layout models parts of the New York Central Railroad in Upstate New York, including Albany, a portion of the Adirondack Division from Childwold Park Station to Malone, and on to Ogdensburg on the St. Lawrence River. The branch line from Lake Clear Junction to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid is also modeled.  There are staging yards at both ends of the layout. Set in 1955, freight and passengers trains wind their way through the Adirondack Mountains, led by a variety of diesels including F7s, E units and the last vestige of steam, including Hudsons and a Niagara.

Tom Cain's Eastern Illinois Santa Fe

This is an HO layout that has been designed from the prototype to represent a section of the pre merger Santa Fe Railroad from Joliet, Illinois to Streator Illinois.  Trains runing on the layout are a combination of Intermodal through trains, manifest trains, AMTRAK and local trains that switch cars in and out of local industries.  You can see more of Tom's layout on his website:

Jack Simpson's Hoosier Line

Jack Simpson's Monon Line is a beautiful layout, covering an area of 24' x 38' in his basement.  The layout height is 42".  Track is Atlas Code 83, and the mainline is approximately 120' in length. The layout includes a fully-functional signal system; the mass of wires shown below are part of the miles of wiring to achieve this level of realistic operation.


Many familiar locations and facilities are included on the layout, just like were found on the mainline running from Layafette to Bloomington during the 1950s-1960s.  Names of central and southern Indiana locations are noted around the layout.

Baron Simmerman’s Indy to East Saint Louis Conrail


This is a two level layout that covers the territory of Conrail from the Avon yard on the west side of Indianapolis to East Saint Louis.  Indiana is featured on the top level and it is connected to the Illinois countryside by a large double track helix that has a 1.13% grade.  This is a double track mainline layout with 5,825 linear feet of track on the layout.  Mainline track is code 100 with fascia controlled crossovers.  Scenery is about 90% complete.  The layout has DCC control with Digitrax equipment including 2 20 amp power sources with 4 districts on each layer of the layout.  

John & Connie Coy's

The Glacier Lines


The Glacier Line is an "O" Scale (1/48) model railroad that is set in Marias Pass/Glacier National Park, Montana.   This layout has been featured in OGR Magazine and on video by OGR Publishing: Great Layout Adventures Volume #13. It is also featured on the cover of Classic Toy Trains magazine, the November 2018 issue.

Jeff Carter
John Pancini
Ron Phillips
Dave Petty
Steve Poe
Jon Silverberg

Esteban Martinez

Tim Gravenstreeter

Naptown and White River Model Railroad Club