NCX 2019 Layout ToursNCX 2019 will feature many layouts open for tours during evening hours and on Sunday.  Please note that tour hours may change.  Check the status board at the Convention venue.  
Railroad Scale - Size Scenery %  Owner Location Tour Day & Time
Surrey ValleyS   29x29'25%Bill BartlamBloomfield Fri 5-9 Sat 3-8
The Surrey Valley is a NYC branch/bridge line linking seven small towns designed for industrial switching. It's a single track mainline with passing sidings, two continuous running tracks and a loop to loop mainline. The layout is set in the mid 50's with small steam and 1st generation diesels. One end of the railroad has engine facilities with a turntable, roundhouse and 4 track yard. There is a separate branch line with two coal mines and a paper mill. Seven bridges cross the isle ways and the layout is fully signaled.
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Central Vermont/Boston and Maine Railroads  HO, 2000 Sq. Ft.Ron Blumer

The Central Vermont/Boston and Maine Railroads service three towns in Vermont that are switched by Turns out of White River Jct, VT, and multiple Manifest Freight Trains that travel between Brattleboro, VT and St Albans, VT. Three passenger trains run every session, which meet at White River Junction (WRJ), VT to exchange cars, express, passengers and baggage. The Vermont Milk Shed dictates that the "Daily Milk" travels South from St. Albans and picks up full cars from the online Creameries for delivery to the B&M (heading to Boston Staging) at WRJ, and returns empties delivered to WRJ by the B&M to the Creameries along the CVR that evening. The major yard is the CVR at WRJ, with a smaller B&M yard South of the WRJ Station. Both St. Albans and Brattleboro are at opposite ends of the run through staging yard (11 tracks).
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LaRouteDesVin Railroad (French for The Wine Road)  HO, Hoe & Z 12'x14'Tony BritskiTroy
Designed for one man operation, La RouteDesVin Rail Road is a free lance depiction of 1950-1970 Europe (France, Austria, Germany & Holland) and features cantenary over both mainline and trolley track, DCC, surround sound and styrofoam scenery base. Sound system train station announcements are made in English, French and German.

C&O Clifton Forge DivisionHO 1400 sq ft95%Mike Burgett Waterford
Mike's unique and fascinating completely-prototypical CTC machine actually controls the layout, and was built before the layout was started. The CTC system features all aspects of prototype signaling as employed by the C&O (route locking, time locking, call-on features and prototype C&O signal aspects). The layout matches the quality of the CTC machine - a walk-around double-deck representation of the Clifton Forge Division of the C&O featuring operating signals, mountainous scenery, and command control.
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Laurium, Mohawk and Brockway RailwayOn30 28x38'90%Larry Burke Holly
Larry's On30 model railroad depicts a shortline in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan in the year 1935. The primary products carried are copper ore and lumber. Only 16 miles long at this time, the railroad at one time extended north to Lac La Belle and west to Eagle Harbor, but the line has been abandoned beyond Phoenix. Connection to the outside world is via barge at Lake Linden across Torch Lake/Portage Lake to Chassell, the Portage Entry Railway at Gregoryville and cross dock interchange with the standard gauge Copper Range RR.
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Danforth, Hadley & NorthernN100%Ken ChickNorthville
The DH&N is a large point-to-point operating railroad with two large yards and a large engine facility, featuring long runs through beautiful scenery and 12 cities on a 400' main line. Based on the Northern Pacific Montana Division operating between Huntley and Garrison, MT; it shares tracks with its parent NP and hosts an occasional GN train. The railroad is steam to diesel transition on code 55 track with hand-laid turnouts and crossings, NCE DCC, a branch line and a separate logging railroad.  Published in Rail Model Journal (April 2007) and Scale Rails (Feb 2007).
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Durango and SilvertonO, On3, HO 33 x 72'100%Tom DartBloomfield Hills Sat 3-7PM 
The Durango & Silverton is a club size layout with complete scenery and housed in a beautiful setting. On3 with hand laid track,  all brass locomotives and stunning scenes depicting the old West of Colorado.   The D&S was originally built by Doug Tagsold, Blissfield, Michigan. Tom purchased the layout from Doug, had the room constructed, and enlarged the D&S from its original configuration.  There is also an O scale standard gauge layout nearing completion which features decoder controlled servo switch machines controlled via a touch screen line diagram using JMRI. Both layouts are DCC using Easy DCC throttles.   An HO scale railroad is being constructed in a separate room. 
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Elgin, Joliet & Eastern HO
2000 sq ft
100%John DePauwLake Orion
John DePauw's famous Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway is a multi-deck rendition of the belt line railroad around Chicago, including all of the interchanges with other Chicago-area railroads. Set in 1973, the layout is housed in a 2,000 sq. ft. basement. Featuring the large yards of Waukegan, Joliet, Gary, U.S Steel and the BN's Eola, the layout can accommodate up to 16 operators during a session. Car cards and DCC (NCE) are used on John's layout.Photos - Click Here
Buffalo & ChautauquaS 30x42' 70%Gaylord GillHighland
The Buffalo & Chautauqua portrays the Pennsylvania Railroad's Northern Division in 1953, centered on Babcock St. yard in Buffalo, NY.  In one direction the layout represents the PRR’s Buffalo Main and in the other direction the Chautauqua Branch.  It is designed for operations, with a single-tracked main terminating at each end into hidden reversing loops.  Portions of the mainline share trackage rights with B&O, and there is an interchange with NYC.   Photos - Click Here
Gratiot Valley Model Railroad Club4000 sq ft Mt. Clemens
The Gratiot Valley Model Railroad Club's large HO-scale layout occupies a 4,000 sq. ft. building. The free-lanced layout, set in the 1950's, features towering mountains, many bridges, waterfronts, coal mines and heavy industries. The club is currently developing a 60-foot long narrow gauge railroad, the Drummond Bay Timber & Mining RR. The layout is run using DCC and JMRI for car and train routing.  Photos - Click Here
Adrian & BlissfieldHO 13x26' Ron GriffinMacomb
The Adrian and Blissfield is a two-deck representation of this southern Michigan shortline. This model railroad shows the A&B from it's interchange with the Indiana and Ohio at Riga, through the Norfolk Southern diamond and interchange, to it's terminus at Adrian.  It supports three operators using car cards and waybills.  It operates point to point and uses EasyDCC.  Ron's Adrian and Blissfield was featured in Model Railroad Planning 2018.  Photos - Click Here
Detroit Woodbridge & BirminghamHO 200 sq ft50%John JacksonBirmingham
The Detroit, Woodbridge and Birmingham RR is an Industrial Switching Layout. It is truly point-to-point with no provision for turning locomotives. Its primary function is to move freight between Birmingham I/M yard, Great Lakes Yard, Potomac Yard and Detroit CN Yard while serving multiple industries along the way. Including a brewery, a cement plant, and numerous small industries in Tuxedo Junction (the only town on the railroad). The major industry, Cement Industry Of America, is served from two directions: Coal from the South and West, raw material (crushed stone, etc) from around the world, with shipping to the world as well. Tuxedo Junction is a small town with worldwide aspirations and several small industries that are rail served directly and thru a team track.
The DWBRR received its NMRA Golden Spike in February of 2019.
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Move It on Railroad System N 150 sq ft 100% Rad Jones Oakland Twp
The New York Central in N-scale:  The layout features a passenger terminal, several well-detailed small towns and villages, and many yards (including a coach yard, freight, intermodal, and military yards), 2 military bases and an intermodal yard. The buildings have interior and exterior lighting elements, animated signs and background sounds.  Operation is with DCC.  The layout was published in N Scale Railroading (May/June 2005).   Photos - Click Here
Erie Railroad HO 24'x32'100%Ron KingGarden City

MMR Ron King's HO scale Erie Railroad is set in October of 1953 and runs from Marion Ohio to Cornell, NY. The layout 24' x 32' and is controlled with Digitrax DCC and can host 7 to 10 operators.  The scenery is complete and the many detailed structures are a combination of kitbashed and scratchbuilt. Ron has been working on his railroad for 50 years! Photos - Click Here
GN Cascade MountainsHO 1200 sq ft99%Scott KremerNorthville
Modeling the Great Northern Railway through the Cascade Mountains in the early fall of 1955, Scott Kremer's layout features beautiful scenery that varies by elevation and location and includes snow scenes and the gray, rainy areas so common to the Pacific Northwest.  The layout runs steam, diesel and heavy electrics operating under over 140 feet of catenary.  With few exceptions all structures are scratchbuilt, most to prototype drawings and photos. The layout has been expand by over 135 sq. ft. over the last two years and much has changed.  All locomotives operate with DCC sound.Photos - Click Here
The North Montana LineN 18'x25'80%Dan LewisRochester Hills
Dan Lewis' North Montana Line models the Milwaukee Railroad in central Montana in the fall of 1953.  The 265 mile branch line ran from Harlowton through Lewistown and up to Great Fall and beyond.  This N-scale layout is about 80% sceniced, features many scratch-built prototypically accurate structures and captures the steam-diesel transition of a major granger road.  The layout operates under 1953 TT&TO rules with mostly time freights but some extras as well.  Control is with EasyDCC.  The North Montana Line has been widely published, including: Model Railroader (Oct 1999); N Scale Railroading (May/June 2004); N Scale (May/June 2003), the NMRA Bulletin, and most recently again in Model Railroader in September of 2011.  The layout requires one modest duck-under to enter.   Photos - Click Here
Michigan Southern RailwayHO 25x25'95%Norm LoganNorthville
The MSR is an HO scale. three decked layout modeled in the 70's to serve the auto industry. The layout is 25' x 25' single track 460' mainline with passing sidings and is designed with operation in mind. Train control is by NCE DCC, the layout is signaled, and includes a CTC board with train orders and thumb tacks used for car forwarding.
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PRR PanhandleHO 25x22'95%Bill NealeNorthville
Bill's layout features western West Virginia & eastern Ohio scenery; and an 8-foot long Ohio River bridge that takes trains between Weirton, WV and Steubeuville, OH. The layout is all-steam with DCC sound, and includes award-winning scratch-built structures, three and four-track mainlines, 4 interlocking towers, and staging for more than 30 trains. Eastbound trains get pushers for 2 scale miles of helper grade. Published in Rail Model Journal (Jan 2004)  and Great Model Railroads 2010.  Duck-under at entrance to layout room. 
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Chesapeake & OhioO 25x40'75%Sandy NelsonFenton
Sandy models the C&O from Grand Rapids to Detroit with the Ionia Sub including NewPort News (staging) to Bay City.
Michigan Lines RRHO 92x3320%Jay and Brook QualmanMilford
Jay and Brook Qualman's Michigan Lines railroad is a large, prototype-based layout depicting the rail lines radiating from Detroit in the early 1950s. The Pere Marquette, New York Central, and Grand Trunk Western and several secondary railroads are represented, resulting in complex trackwork and numerous junctions. Two hundred exceptional scratchbuilt structures depicting locally- and personally- significant buildings enhance this layout. The layout features Uni-Strut steel construction and multiple peninsulas, with four lift bridges to clear the way.  Photos - Click Here
New Baltimore & Fair Haven RRHO 30x5085%Greg RichNew Baltimore
Greg Rich’s New Baltimore & Fair Haven Railway is a freelanced point to point model of a railroad that grew up and flourished from the 1880’s until the present day of 1925. The NB&FH is set in believable terrain echoing that of the northern portions of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York bordering the Great Lakes. The layout is populated with many scratch-built one of a kind structures, animated features, unique rolling stock, locomotives, boats and detailed period vehicles.  The RR is powered by Digitrax with Soundtraxx providing the sound for the steam locomotives.  Photos - Click Here
B&M Green River SubHO 25x38'65%Gale SaxtonTroy
 Gale Saxton's Green River Subdivision depicts the Boston & Maine Railroad. Designed for operations, the layout features many industries and switching challenges for train crews. Modeling the 1950's era with steam and diesel locomotives the layout is an excellent example of modeling an east coast railroad. Photos - Click Here
Detroit Bay City & WesternHO25%Bob SchererBerkley
Pte-to-Pte Industrial switching & freight manifest from St Clair-Pt Huron to Bay City. 1950 era - Steam & Diesel motive power, DCC (NCE Radio)  Photos- Click Here!
Grand Trunk WesternHO75%Ken SchererBerkley
Freight and Logging; DCC power:
Society of N Scalers Detroit600' mainline'70%Society of N Scalers DetroitDetroit
The Society of N Scalers Detroit club has a very large N scale layout under construction at their Detroit club location.  It is two level point-to-point layout with approximately 300 feet of single mainline laid track on each level (not including the double track helix)  Complete wired DCC system operation .  Turnouts are hand-built DCC remote operated devices utilizing miniature servo motors. Benchwork 100% completed.  Scenery is 15% completed.   A construction centerpiece of their layout is the seven turn multi-turn double track helix. Photos - Click Here
Grand Trunk WesternHO 30x50'70%South Oakland County Model RR Club Hazel Park
The South Oakland Division of the Grand Trunk Western is a semi-prototypical layout based on the Holly Subdivision of the GTW, between Detroit and Durand during the 1960s and 70s.  The layout is double deck, point to point, encompassing 700 feet of main line.  Features include two staging yards, Pontiac Yard and Engine Terminal, Ferndale Yard, Industrial Switching, a Helix and Single track on the second level.  Scenery is complete.  Technology includes CTC signals, a JMRI Dispatch panel, radio communication and Digitrax throttles.  Diagrams of the layout available at the website,, by clicking the "Layout" button. Photos - Click Here
Rochester & RichmondHO 16x33'100%George Van Duyne Bloomfield Hills 
The Rochester &  Richmond is a freelanced railroad in the Appalachia region in the late steam era, with steam locos the primary power.   Double track mainline of about 130 feet with single track branch line to two coal mines.  Scenery ranges from industrial towns to mountains and includes a winter scene.     
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C&O Greenbrier SubdivisionHO   30x14'80%Rick and Marie Ware Grand Blanc
An autumn depiction of the C&O Greenbrier branch in eastern West Virginia during the mid 1960's, best known for the Cass Scenic Railroad. The layout features river valley scenes, a tunnel, a large tannery complex and other recognizable structures of Ronceverte, Marlinton, and Cass on a point-to-wye track plan. More space in a new home has allowed the addition of the north end of the branchline at Durbin with its connection to the Western Maryland line to Elkins, as well as the paper mill at Covington and the short Hot Springs branchline in neighboring Virginia. Photos - Click Here
Loon Lake Rwy & Navigation Co.G 30x11'10%Rick and Marie WareGrand Blanc
The Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Company was a garden railroad for many years but has moved indoors at a new location. The layout is a free-lanced representation of the mining and logging industry in the Keweenaw area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  It features wood and steel bridges, a circus, a small farm, a harbor, two small towns, a mine, a sawmill, and a variety of rod and geared steam locomotives. Photos - Click Here
Mineral Range RailroadHO 26x18'95%Warren YoheTroy
Warren’s Mineral Range Railroad is an HO standard gauge prototype-based model of the Duluth South Shore and Atlantic RR extension that once served the booming “Copper Country” mines, stamp mills, smelters and communities on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.  Operations from the year 1900 include local MRRR steam freights, passenger trains and mine runs as well as DSSA trains from Houghton and Marquette staging to the main yard in Calumet.    It features a walk around point to point design from Houghton to Calumet with optional continuous running for open house under Digitrax DCC control. Structures include some scratch built and kit bashed buildings such as copper mines and a stamp mill. Photos - Click Here
Copper Valley RailwayHO, HOn3 14x28'+8x10'Jim ZinserDearborn Heights
The layout models The Copper Valley Railway, a fictitious feeder line in the Keeweenaw Peninsula that interchanges with The Milwaukee Road in McKeever, Michigan and terminates at Copper Harbor (both represented by a double ended staging yard).  The railroad also interchanges with the SOO line and the DSS&A in Houghton, Michigan. 

Future connections will include the Wilson Lumber Company (fictitious) a logging line running from the forests above Hancock to a sawmill in Mohawk, Michigan.  The Quincy & Torch Lake, a separate (and once real) narrow gauge railroad will bring raw ore from mines atop Quincy Hill to a mill at Mason, Michigan.  From there the Copper Valley will carry processed ore out of the Copper Country via its connections with the Milwaukee, Soo and DSS&A.  A branch line will also extend to Misery Bay, a lakeside fishing community. 

The premise of the layout is that the copper industry in Michigan remained strong into the 1950s.  In reality, copper mining was essentially over by the 1930s, outside of some ore reclamation operations that occurred during WWII.  At this point, the towns of Houghton and Hancock are the only ones completely finished and Mason is under construction.  All other areas are in the benchwork stage.   What is finished features rugged, UP scenery resplendent in fall colors, plus highly detailed structures.  (Note: Jim writes the column 'Division Business Car' in NMRA Magazine.)
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