This page is informatory for my layout. It shows the basic areas.  For  detailed pictures and information go to the infrastructure page.

The building my layout is in.
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In the beginning I created a railroad.  I made it out of a wood table, screen wire, Plaster De Paree’.  Times have changed. This time I used styrofoam for the base with cork roadbed on the top. I hand laid most of the track. Handmade 95% of the turnouts. I laughed at the foam at first then I realized it was, for me the easiest to make a mess and mistakes with. I can and have changed it several times and it goes back together pretty easy with its cool hot glue. The  present layout started in the house in a spare bedroom, I moved it out to my former photo studio and it grew. I  use the NCE DCC power system and JMRI for control of my railroad. I am going to go Dead Rail for several o  f the smaller engines as they do not operate on the track too well. I.e. the switcher, Climax, Shay.

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The types of controllers.  DCC, Smart Phones by JMRI.  A card dispatch control system.


Each town or stop has direction from and to signs. Just the next stop is indicated.

MRL Main Master Plan

Maps of the Layout


The Dispatcher desk.




Slowly it started to evolve.  The loop in the previous picture is the one in the above picture as you came in the door.  The tracks in these pictures are my handlaid sections.

Here is a picture of the layout in a room in the house before moving to a dedicated place in the back yard. 2009


This is what it has become.  2022