The project began when a building was acquired for this purpose in 2016. The vintage building was originally a kerosene dealer served by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and (although its spur is gone) it sits alongside the main line which now also hosts SMART commuter rail service. The building is slightly more than 30x40 feet and is entirely dedicated to the layout.

To take advantage of the building’s interior ceiling height of more than 12 feet, we raised the layout and operator aisles by approximately 3 feet from the concrete base. There are two important consequences of doing this. First, while the height of the model track is typical at 3+ feet from the floor of the visitor aisles, it is actually at least 6 feet above the concrete base. Visitors enter through our front door, walking under the track and stepping comfortably up to the operating aisles. Second, we have full height access hallways under all of the major layout sections and have built in complete offices for Agent-Operators at 3 "under layout" locations. So too does the busy yardmaster at East New London maintain an office "under" the yard.

The "around the wall helix" track plan has over 600 feet of mainline; our biggest yard in East New London is approximately 90 feet total length. We greatly emphasized design features to maximize operator comfort such as no bottlenecks in the aisles and no duckunders anywhere. 

Our layout is the result of the hard work of a core team of local contributors. We are emphasizing very high reliability and craftsmanship with the goal of hosting day long operating sessions for visitors from near and far.

Paul W.

Here X470N crosses the mill pond on the CV’s combination through and deck girder bridges.