Layout Tours

On Thursday evening (except for PSMRE), enjoy touring a good mix of outstanding local layouts. Addresses will be provided at registration:

Walt Appel's Piedmont & Allegheny Railway in HO, featuring beautifully prototypic rolling stock, structures and sound-equipped locomotives on a layout custom-built by Lance Mindheim. OPEN: 6-10pm

Gary Jordan's Gilpin Tram in On2, On3 and O. Set in Colorado circa 1912, this double-deck layout is completely scenicked and loaded with detail and interesting structures and equipment. OPEN: 6-10pm

Dick Karnes' S scale New York, Westchester & Boston models its namesake prototype. It is beautifully scenicked, featuring overhead catenary and electric, steam, and diesel power from the New Haven and NYC. OPEN: 6:30-10pm

Bill Messecar's HO scale Santa Fe LA 3rd Division is fully-scenicked and spotlights the citrus industry of Southern California, featuring many excellent scratchbuilt and kitbashed structures. OPEN: 7-10pm

Mike O'Connell's O scale Pacific Railway & Navigation Co is a huge multi-deck layout modeling a Northwest bridge route. It includes a spectacular rendition of downtown Spokane and its Great Northern depot and clock tower. OPEN: 6-10pm

Russ Segner's Morton Branch and Coal Creek Lumber Company, a freelance logging and mining branch line set in western Washington in the 1930's. OPEN: 6-10pm

Bill Sornsin's HO scale Great Northern Cascade Division, 1st Subdivision is operational in a purpose-built 3,000 sf structure. There's no scenery, but over 1,500 feet of track are in and trains are running from Seattle to Everett plus 3 large staging complexes. You'll also see creative construction solutions, unusual railroad artifacts, a restroom built from prototype GN plans, and a comfortable crew lounge. OPEN: 6-10pm

Burr Stewart's Burrlington Northern, an HO version of the BN in the Seattle area from Tukwila north to Burlington and east to the Cascade Mountains town of Skykomish in 1973. OPEN: 6-10pm

The Swamp Creek & Western Club's HO scale Port Columbia and Eastern Railway is located within the Edmonds, WA Amtrak depot. This freelanced railroad runs from southeastern Washington state across the Cascade Mountains via White Pass to the tidewaters of the Columbia River with its ocean ports. Almost entirely scenicked, it features a 6-scale-mile mainline, Tumwater Mining Company's electrified branchline, and a Cascade Timber Company logging operation. And if you'd prefer some 1:1 scale, it's 20 feet from the busy BNSF mainline. OPEN: 6-10pm

Lee Thwait's O-scale SP & D&RGW is a freelanced double deck point to point operation with a standard gauge mid 50's steam theme. OPEN: 7-10pm

Di Voss' Everett & Monte Cristo Ry in HO models the Rockefeller-backed shortline built into the Cascade Mountains to haul gold. You'll see well-crafted scenery, bridges and some amazing scratchbuilt structures. OPEN: 6-10pm

OLYMPIA/TACOMA TOURS - listed separately as they're most practical for those who operate in Olympia on Thursday:

Scott Buckley's Tehama Valley in HO, modeling the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Foothills in the late 1940s, with many scratchbuilt structures and rural scenery typical of the Sacramento Valley. OPEN: 6-9pm

Brian Ferris' HO Port Townsend Southern is a modern version of a historical railroad in Thurston County. As a bridge line in the middle of the Portland-Seattle NP line, it leases track rights to the NP, UP, GN and Milwaukee Road. The layout is set in the late 1950's and includes diesel and steam power. OPEN: 6-9pm

Chuck Rickett's On30 Sherwood, Shelton and Sarazen Railway transports you to Northwest logging country on this fully-scenicked all-steam railroad loaded with scratchbuilt structures. OPEN: 6-9pm

Greg Wright's Consolidated Republic Mining Railroad in 3/8n20 (1:32 scale) is 99% sceniced and features all scratchbuilt or heavily kitbashed structures, locomotives, and rolling stock. The unique geared steam locomotives are sound equipped, and background sounds include mines and mills, water fill, ore dump, rattle snakes and more. OPEN: 6-9pm

Jim Younkins' large N scale Mud Bay and Southern evokes the feel of Northwest railroading, including some huge mill complexes. OPEN: 6-9pm

The Olympia Model Railroad Society's large HO layout features 5.5 scale miles of main line on three levels, and scenery is nearly complete. OPEN: 6:30-9

PSMRE - the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers have built a spectacular HO layout located in Tacoma's Washington State History Museum. Entry requires a museum ticket - $12 adult, $8 senior (60+) - but it's worth it. You'll see dozens of scratchbuilt structures of downtown Tacoma prototypes, intricate models of Northern Pacific and Milwaukee Road bridges, outstanding mountain scenery including thousands of trees and logged-over hillsides, and a backdrop mural of Mount Rainier. OPEN: 10am-5pm (daily except Mon/Tues) - best suited for operators returning from Olympia or Tacoma

Roger Nulton's S scale Monon beautifully captures the scenery and atmosphere of this all-Indiana railroad, including 7 interchanges and 2 branch lines. OPEN: 6-10pm

Revised 3/5/2016