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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.

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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.

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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.

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Click here to see more photos of this large layout designed for operation.

Dan Hinel’s

Rail Xpress Railroad-RxRR


Rail Xpress Railroad (RxRR) is a terminal switching railroad with a CTC controlled double track beltline configuration surrounding a midwestern city of Gotham.   RxRR occupies 2700 sq ft room.  Track configurations is a figure 8 folded onto itself.  The two level 830+ ft double track mainline is CTC dispatcher controlled, utilizing a 3 serial node C/MRI detection and signaling system.   Dispatcher panel is a 45” LED TV.  RxRR uses NCE wireless system and scenery is 99% complete. RxRR has over 130 customers in 19 switching districts (625 car spots).  A typical session will have 12 yard transfers trains, 19 local switching jobs, and 4 units trains (coal, aggregate, grain and petroleum products) plus a lonely Doodlebug passenger train.  

Ron Phillips
Great Northern

This is a free-lanced version of the Great Northern Railway and depicts the route from Chicago to Seattle. The main railroad room measures 26’ x 36’ with an additional staging room measuring 9’ x 13’. This multi-level layout has 600’ of double track mainline with a large classification yard at Minot, ND. The Minot terminal features a 130’ turntable and 12 stall roundhouse. Operating sessions are handled as point to point but I have the ability run trains in a continuous loop. Most structures are made from kits but there are several scratch built items including a 5’ long snow shed.

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Jeff Carter
John Pancini
Dave Petty
Steve Poe
Jon Silverberg

Esteban Martinez

Tim Gravenstreeter

Naptown and White River Model Railroad Club

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