Layout ToursEnjoy touring a good mix of outstanding local layouts. Addresses will be provided at registration. The lineup:
THURSDAY OPEN HOUSE: Visit the layout of Kirk Reddie, the editor/publisher of N-Scale Railroading magazine. He is constructing a very large layout in the Shoreline area and will be welcoming guests to this growing layout.
FRIDAY OLYMPIA/TACOMA TOURS: most practical for those who operate in Olympia on Friday. Details will be provided to you in Olympia.
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: 4-6pm Friday
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: 4-6pm Friday
Brian Ferris' Port Townsend Southern is an independent railroad that leases track rights to the main Class 1 Railroads including the Northern Pacific (NP), Union Pacific (UP), and Great Northern (GN). It is mostly sceniced, the era is late 1950's, and includes diesel and steam power. OPEN: 4-6pm Friday
Jim Younkins' large N scale Mud Bay and Southern evokes the feel of Northwest railroading, including some huge mill complexes. OPEN: 4-6pm Friday
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 - $14 adult, $11 senior (60+) or active/retired military with ID - 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 Monday) - best suited for operators returning from Olympia or Tacoma
SUNDAY AFTERNOON Seattle and "Eastside" tours:
Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club Seattle and North Cascades, Mountain Division. This HO-scale, 1200 sqft, double decked layout follows a route from Seattle to Omak, WA in the 1950s. The mainline is about 7 scale miles long, plus a 1 mile branch, and the layout is about 40% sceniced. The club shares a building with the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. OPEN: 3-7pm Sunday
Russ Segner's Sn3 Morton Branch and Coal Creek Lumber Company is a beautifully executed freelance logging and mining branch line set in western Washington in the 1930's. It features Heislers, Climaxes, Shays and a large scratchbuilt sawmill. OPEN: 3-7pm Sunday
Bill Sornsin's HO scale Great Northern Cascade Division, 1st Subdivision is operational in a purpose-built 3,000 sf structure. No scenery, but over 1,500 feet of track with trains running from Seattle to Everett plus 3 large staging complexes. You'll also see creative construction solutions, unusual railroad artifacts, and a restroom built from prototype GN plans. OPEN: 4-7pm Sunday
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: 3-7pm Sunday
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: 3-7pm Sunday
Lee Marsh's Great Northern has been featured recently on the cover of Model Railroader and their annual calendar. The layout represents GN’s Cascade mountain crossing in Washington State. Highlights include operating brass locomotives (steam, electric, and diesel), detailed rolling stock, and gorgeous scenery including custom representations of actual trees. OPEN: 4-7pm Sunday