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Cool Layouts 101: What is the COOLEST Layout Around?

Dan's Trains ·
Now I've seen some pretty cool layouts in the northeast. When I traveled to the midwest, this particular layout however, was debatably one of the coolest I've seen thus far...   The MSI in Chicago has so much to offer, what really caught my eye...
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How to set the "feature code" for your Electric RR Company TMCC conversion

cnwdon ·
I've searched the Forum diligently and haven't found this answer, so I called Ken at Electric RR Co this morning and he kindly provided the details missing from the Lionel-authored installation sheet that comes with the ERR Co conversion when adding an ERR/Lionel Railsounds board to the basic conversion board (the AC Commander in my current conversion.) When you do the engine number setting in the last stage of the conversion with the sound board, you will also set the name for the...
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ES44AC ·
No one?
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Re: How to set the "feature code" for your Electric RR Company TMCC conversion

Nick12DMC ·
Page 7 of the AC Commander Manual gives the list. http://www.electricrr.com/Manuals/Ac-V5-Inst.pdf Nick
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gunrunnerjohn ·
I found the AC Commander did an excellent job with low speed running, far better than the old LCRU. I used the AC Commander in my Lionel Phantom 2-motor upgrade, and it was like night and day!
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cnwdon ·
Re: basic concern for my thread. After doing it as Ken at ERR Co. explained, I realized the intent of the Lionel instructions was only to remind me to be sure I added the feature code in the programming step above, not telling me that I needed to do a "next step" separately to set the feature code. Forehead smacking moment. Thanks, Nick for the reference for codes. Also realized the list of ERR Co's applicable feature codes is right there in those same instructions, where we're told to only...
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Question About the Lionel Conventional K4

ES44AC ·
Just wondering if this engine features whistle steam, does it have some form of speed control, if the marker lights work, and how do the sounds compare to the Legacy version?
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TOY TRAIN REVUE 3

bridgevue ·
Tom McComas and Joe Stachler, the leaders in the train video industry, have just released their 4th DVD this year. The entire series is available at www.tmbv.com or through amazon.com and select hobby stores nationwide. Here's a video of my layout...
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bridgevue ·
Spence...Thanks. C.Sam...hers some photos guys.
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Spence ·
Great looking scenery.
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c.sam ·
Nice Greg - can we see more?
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Re: Cool Layouts 101: What is the COOLEST Layout Around?

Mill City ·
Originally Posted by Dan's Trains: Jon, I honestly had no clue that the Great Train Story started out like that. Thats amazing! now do you think that the current layout could be updated and enlarged in the future? Dan I suspect that the current layout will meet it's end not unlike it's predecessor. From what I understand, it became a bit of a maintenance nightmare in it's latter years. It had worn itself out and suffered a few well intentioned indignities along the way. I imagine there'll be...
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aussteve ·
I remember reading the statistics on the German layout and it was obscenely large. Maybe it should be restricted to O gauge to level the playing field
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Gary Graves ·
Misty Mountain Railroad in Blairsville, GA. 3400 sf of phenomenal layout, incredible modeling and extensive train collection.
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Dan's Trains ·
Originally Posted by p51: Originally Posted by Moonman: I have only viewed this on the web, but the Grand Layout in Saint-Petersburg, Russia is over the top in almost every way. Any layout with a accurate airfield scene with late-model HIND attack choppers can't be all bad! And a spur for a submarine dock??? "In Russia, the model trains watch YOU!" Wow that's cool! A lot of detail on the airfield and the foot soldier formations. Now is that HO-scale or smaller?
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dkdkrd ·
Roadside America , Shartlesville, PA. Older than my 70+ years, but still the 'coolest', IMHO.
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Dan's Trains ·
Originally Posted by Mill City: Originally Posted by Harry's Trains: Originally Posted by Mill City: Is this a picture of the o gauge layout? Yes, Harry, it was marvelous. Here are a few more images. Jon, I honestly had no clue that the Great Train Story started out like that. Thats amazing! now do you think that the current layout could be updated and enlarged in the future? Dan
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AGHRMatt ·
Originally Posted by Mill City: ... Nice photos. I had wondered where the Spirit of America I went to after the "5-mile skid" due to the loss of the parachutes.
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Re: Cool Layouts 101: What is the COOLEST Layout Around?

Dan986 ·
The coolest layout I have ever seen is the beautiful Standard and O gauge tinplate layout in the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento California.The layout can be seen in the first 1:25 of the video.It is an incredible work of art that has to be seen in person.
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Dan986 ·
The tinplate train layout in the California State Railroad Museum was the ultimate in seeing model trains run.Nice thread,I haven't seen these photos for a while.Now I want to back to the Golden State.
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Moonman ·
I have only viewed this on the web, but the Grand Layout in Saint-Petersburg, Russia is over the top in almost every way. I had a documentary video bookmarked, but can't find it now, so here is the museum's website.
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Rob Leese ·
There are several videos on youtube showing the work of Bob Jakl in 2 rail scale. It deserves mention here.
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Doug Murphy ·
The current MSI layout is spectacular and very popular - featuring Amtrak and BNSF - though I miss hanging around by the big relay cabinet at the end of the previous O gauge Santa Fe layout, hearing the relays and switches buzz and click. As to 'coolest', I have always been partial to some of the 'original' post war model railroading layouts: John Allen's Gorre and Daphetid RR. and Frank Ellison's Delta Lines . And certainly the big Lionel NYC showroom layouts...
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prrjim ·
I'll assume home layout rahter than commercial display. My vote is for Brooks Stover"s S-Scale Buffalo Creek and Gauley. Brooks has done a great job of capturing the flavor of the prototype and its operations. The scenery and detail is simply very well done. If you want to see some photos search for the "Buffalo Creek & Gauley" and go to the webstie. Brooks maintains a site for the prototype history and also has photos of his layout.
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rex desilets ·
If you're not looking for massive layouts: Norm Charboneau. Period.
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p51 ·
Originally Posted by Moonman: I have only viewed this on the web, but the Grand Layout in Saint-Petersburg, Russia is over the top in almost every way. Any layout with a accurate airfield scene with late-model HIND attack choppers can't be all bad! And a spur for a submarine dock??? "In Russia, the model trains watch YOU!"
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Mill City ·
I completely agree with Lee, "Coolest" is seriously subjective. His example is testimony to that fact. Another favorite is not unfamiliar to many here, and certainly not within the two-rail community. It's brilliance in design is matched by it's execution. This Hobo never tires of riding the Fresno.
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Former Member ·
When I lived in the Chicago area, we visited several times. But I do remember the other gauge trains were always being repaired. They went with HO to get enough space to do the Chicago to Seattle theme. However I wished that they kept O-Gauge when they did the renovation project. But I am strictly an O-Gauge guy anyway.
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Mill City ·
I have not visited the museum since the installation of the HO display. But, I do have great memories of the O gauge layout and was saddened when I learned of it's demise. A return visit is long overdue. Thanks for posting. Edit: Not certain what happened to the other two images, but they're gone now. Sorry about that.
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Harry's Trains ·
Originally Posted by Mill City: I have not visited the museum since the installation of the HO display. But, I do have great memories of the O gauge layout and was saddened when I learned of it's demise. A return visit is long overdue. Thanks for posting. Is this a picture of the o gauge layout?
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p51 ·
"Coolest" is seriously subjective. As for the Chicago layout, I'm still ticked that the last time I was there in 2002, the entire lower floor was blocked for the layout construction. I missed my one chance to get a close up view of NYC 999 and I'm still ticked about that. But as for "Coolest," I don't think Chicago (or any other American layout, to be fair) can hold a candle to the Miniatur Wunderland layout in Hamburg, which features an amazing amount of HO track, highways and roads with...
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Gilly@N&W ·
Rand Fredrickson had a unique and one-of-a-kind layout. Small, but about as creative as it got in my book. It doesn't show well in these pictures, but it was a double figure eight.
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Mill City ·
Originally Posted by Harry's Trains: Originally Posted by Mill City: Is this a picture of the o gauge layout? Yes, Harry, it was marvelous. Here are a few more images.
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Re: Cool Layouts 101: What is the COOLEST Layout Around?

CharlieS ·
For the collector, I nominate Roadside America. When I was there with my brother, he pointed out a fair number of desirable toys that were used to scenic the layout when it was built.
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laz1957 ·
Roadside America for really big commercial one. For an individuals layout that I saw it would have to be our very own PASSENGER TRAIN COLLECTOR, BRIAN VAILL's, very nice large layout !!!
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Ken M ·
I like the one with the sub being an ex submarainer. Ken M
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texastrain ·
My wife and I watched RFD TV today, they had an episode of TM "I Love Toy Trains". This episode was about the HUGE layout of the New Jersey Hi-Railers. It is verrry nice, and almost 200 ft long, averages 40 ft wide, with several levels, naturally. Just seeing it on RFD TV was pretty cool.... I believe it does get my vote. Rex, I agree about Norm's layout, have read and seen many reviews of it....fantastic!! I have been familiar with all above except for the Fowler Dream Layout. They all make...
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prrhorseshoecurve ·
WElll this is not a museum layout but it is placed up for public display at the annual Presbetyrian Church Pearl River Show in February. This layout is owned by the BErgen Co Model RR club. Mind you this is only a SECTION of the three layouts built in that show. IT's simple yet impressive and inspiring on what one might do in a 4'x8' area or a 5' x9' area. IT is multi-level three dimentional and NOT your basic 2 dimentional painted flat board. The trackwork is a simple dogbone that loops up...
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mytrains ·
The New Jersey HI Railers get my vote. here is an early pic
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F30MSport ·
NLOE...one of my all time favorites!
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Steamer ·
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kKEwjh0U4A http://www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo/train.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1k-nKU4EkM
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TAG18 ·
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Moonman ·
I am still surprised that the Fowler Dream Layout doesn't get mentioned or noticed. It is located in Florida. This layout is 48' x 84', is detailed in realistic O scale, has running rivers, a passenger station that is wonderful and on and on. But, the coolest part is that that it is a modular layout that is built of steel frame modules that all fold for transport and roll on wheels. Take the time to view the galleries of photos. You'll like it.
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AGHRMatt ·
One that hasn't been mentioned is the Choo Choo Barn layout in Strasburg, PA. A mix of humor, fine modeling, and animation that (IMHO) was worth the price of admission and a DVD purchase.
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Dan's Trains ·
Originally Posted by F30MSport: NLOE...one of my all time favorites! Is that layout in New York? The name Nassau sounds very familiar...
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Dan's Trains ·
Originally Posted by mytrains: The New Jersey HI Railers get my vote. here is an early pic That sure is cool! I like the way the track goes under other parts of he layout!
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Dan's Trains ·
Originally Posted by AGHRMatt: One that hasn't been mentioned is the Choo Choo Barn layout in Strasburg, PA. A mix of humor, fine modeling, and animation that (IMHO) was worth the price of admission and a DVD purchase. I think i've been there when I was a little kid! Yeah that place definitely deserves some credit!
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leapinlarry ·
If only I knew how to post pictures, I would say, Dr. Bill Bramlage in the Cincinnati Ohio area has one of the Best, Hi Rise Original, Long Main Line, Supper Scenicked, Highly Detailed MODEL Railroads in The USA. Next, BoB Bartizek, Modelling Horseshoe Curve In Pennsysvania...A Wonderful, Scale like Operation with winding hills, tunnels, trestles and a Roundhouse/Turntable area to simply ENVY....These layouts are Thrillers...l.WOW.
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yankspride4 ·
Originally Posted by Dan's Trains: Originally Posted by F30MSport: NLOE...one of my all time favorites! Is that layout in New York? The name Nassau sounds very familiar... Yessir...Levittown, NY. Great layout now, and the one in the Medical Arts building back in the day. i also went to Northlandz a few years after they opened. It was a marvelous undertaking. Don't know what condition it's in now or if it even exists.
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SDIV Tim ·
The La Mesa Model Railroad Club at Balboa Park's San Diego Model Railroad Museum, models the Tehachapi loop Mojave to Bakersfield, they are still working on the layout as long as the museum has be operating. Track is done, scenery is still being worked on. They have operating sessions 4 times a year(50-60, 70-80 and Modern) Today's Operating was set as the day December 21st 1952, the time of day was flipped flop, so 12:00 pm was really 12:00am, and the trains that ran, they modeled they to...
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