Area Railroad Clubs and Layouts

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Many Accomplished Local Model Railroads
Cincinnati Division 7 is blessed with an abundance of quality model railroads with over 50 featured in popular model railroad magazines, including 16 published so far in Model Railroader magazine's prestigious annual Great Model Railroads. Click here to see a summary of all the local layouts photographed by noted modeler, photographer and author Lou Sassi and featured in Kalmbach Publications magazines (MR, GMR, MRP).

LAYOUT LISTS and PHOTOS
Far below are tabular lists of most of the many layouts in our area, classified into 3 groups: Clubs and Museums, Indoor Home Layouts and Garden Railways. Some layouts have an attached photo collage. Click on the highlighted blue/purple name link in the tables to see those pics. All photos by John Burchnall except a few by EnterTrainment Junction, Tom Patterson and Randy Kerka in their respective layout collages, plus a Cinder Sniffer photo by Ruth Anne Burchnall.

LAYOUT VIDEOS
Please see the following YouTube links for trackside and loco cab view videos of some local layouts. All are filmed and produced by local modeler Joe Ross using special high resolution cameras.
Eastern Loggers - Trackside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXqDj1Q87pM
Eastern Loggers - Cab Ride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUbweRRMEC0&t=7s
Bob Lawson - CNO&TP Ry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-DQz_j9UnU&t=109s
Bob Lawson - Towns/Industries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c9qTOcLu4c&t=49s
Bob Lawson - Ohio River at Cincinnati https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlRbJnMofRI
Gerry Albers - VGN https://youtu.be/eK69z4dLIzU
Sam Parfitt - Cab Ride https://youtu.be/NQQyLjOl6WY
Sam Parfitt - Pacing a GN 2-8-8-2 https://youtu.be/k-ST_s78H3g
John Listermann - Pacing a B&O 2-8-8-2 https://youtu.be/PWCQ0liWIQs
Rick Crumrine - Cab Ride https://youtu.be/NYhAmRw-qHY
Rick Stern - ATSF Ry https://youtu.be/52dgKdYI5Yw

CLUBS and SOCIETIES
Click here for a single page database of Greater Cincinnati Railroad Clubs & Societies. See also below for descriptions of some of those clubs and societies, as well as photos and lists of many layouts.

Cincinnati Railroad Club
This prominent area-wide prototype railroad club is located in Cincinnati Union Terminal's Tower A. If you haven't been there you are missing a real treat. Tower A was where all of the traffic was directed in and out of the station and has been wonderfully restored, including the original giant track board. It has a fantastic view of the tracks in north, south and west directions and hosts a wonderful library, gift store and meeting room. Visit their web site.

Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Garden Railway Society members learn, exchange ideas and enjoy the hobby of large scale indoor/outdoor model railroading. Garden Railroading is a fun hobby and the GCGRS is a fun oriented organization. Many of their members helped build the huge layout within Entertrainment Junction. Visit their web site for info or contact them at 859-344-0671.

Greater Cincinnati Modular Railroad Association
GCMRA is a non-profit group of HO Scale Model Train Enthusiasts who gather several times per year to assemble their individual modules into one large layout at train shows and other public events. Visit their web site for more information or contact Jim Klare at (513) 574-7048

Cincinnati Chapter of National Railway Historical Society
The Cincinnati Chapter of the NRHS meets at in their library, museum and office at Entertrainment Junction located at 7369 Squire Court in West Chester, OH 45069-2314. Visit their web site for more information.

Cincinnati Model Railway Club
The Cincinnati Model Railway Club, a 100% NMRA Club, was formed in 1934 and is Ohio's oldest model railroad club and one of the five oldest clubs in the United States. The purpose of the club is to promote model railroading in general and two rail O Scale railroading in particular. They construct and operate a multi-level club layout in a 30' by 60' room. Anyone interested in O Scale or any aspect of model railroading is invited to contact them and receive more information on their open work sessions and their monthly operating sessions. Visitors are always welcome and membership is open to any NMRA member. Visit their web site at www.cincyOscale.org or contact them at contact.cmrc@gmail.com and they will get back to you.

Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club
This club is building a two-level HO layout depicting the real Cincinnati Northern Railroad that once ran from Franklin to Van Wert, Ohio, as if it had remained an independent railroad in the 1950s. They also operate and exhibit a 10' x 17' prize-winning HO modular layout. Club meets on Tues evenings at 7:30 pm in the old Ross High School near Hamilton, OH. Visitors always welcome. Visit their website or contact George Roos at 513-205-1180 or crnw@zoomtown.com for more info.

The Eastern Loggers
A group of modelers with the primary goal of promoting the great hobby of model railroading by advancing, operating and sharing their award winning museum quality HO standard and narrow guage sectional layout depicting Pennsylvania logging industries in the 1920's. For more info contact John Burchnall at 513-860-3852 burchna@fuse.net

Lebanon Modelers
The Lebanon Modelers are an informal group of model railroaders of all ages and skills, meeting monthly at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Ohio, typically on the 3rd Thursday night. All are welcome. Contact Bob Chapman at 513-228-0551 or bcrails@go-concepts.com

Monroe United Methodist Church Railroad Club
MUMC RR Club meets the third Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM at the Monroe United Methodist Church, 206 East Avenue, Monroe, OH 45050. Come one… come all.  For more info, contact Jerry Michael at grm@go-concepts.com

Northern Kentucky Model Railroaders
The NKMRR's are an informal group of model railroaders meeting monthly, typically on the 3rd Friday night at homes in the Northern Kentucky area. The group objective is to bring together Northern Kentucky area model railroaders of all ages and experience levels for fellowship, and to share model railroading skills, techniques and special interests. For more info contact Tim Cook at Tims Trains & Hobbies at 859-261-4920 or timstrains56@gmail.com.

Queen City High Railers
An "O" gauge 3-rail modular train group meeeting at old Ross High School near Hamilton, OH. They construct and display their modular railroad to promote an interest in "O" gauge model railroads, to encourage interest in model railroading of all scales, and to provide a model RR for use to operate their member's equipment. Visit their website at: http://www.queencityhirailers.com/

Queen City N-Gineers
Since 1984, this club created and exhibits a unique modular N-scale layout utilizing a 4 track mainline and 42" depth to maximize both operations and scenery. Other activities include a forum to exchange railroading ideas, newsletter, and fun annual club and family events. Now meet at the old Ross High School. Contact Nelson R. (Bob) Brown at 513-615-8265 pampabrown@fuse.net

Ohio Valley Sipping & Switching Society
A group of model railroad enthusiasts who own and operate an HO scale modular railroad in the greater Cincinnati area. The club sets up and operates the layout at model train shows and other venues. All members strive to create highly detailed modules that flow together and based on the landscape of the American Midwest. For more info contact Brian Sellers at 513-290-3370 santafe@gmail.com

Ross Rails
Ross Rails is a non-profit group of HO Scale Model Train Enthusiasts who gather every Tues night at 7 pm at the old Rosss High School, near Hamilton, OH. Visit their web site or contact Jim Klare at (513) 574-7048.

CLUBS AND MUSEUMS

G
Ray Faragher Mountain View at Behringer-Crawford Mus.
GMR 2003
HO
Black Diamond Lines at Old Ross High School
HO
Cin. Northern Model RR Club at Old Ross High School
MRP 2012
O-27
Queen City Hi-Railers Club at Old Ross High School
O
Cinti Model Rwy Club Cinti & WV RR + Harmony Crk & So.
1:1, S
CUT Hist. Soc. + Holiday Junc. Layouts + RR Club Tower A
1" etc.
Cinder Sniffers' Live Steam Railroad
HO/HOn3
The Eastern Loggers' Pennsylvania Logging Layout
GMR 1998,
RMC, NMRA
G
EnterTrainment Junction's Huge Indoor G Scale Layout
MR
HO
Ohio Valley Sipping & Switching Society
N
Queen City N-Gineers at Old Ross High School
HO
Ross Rails Model RR Club at Old Ross High School
N
Tri-State N-Trak's Modular Layout

INDOOR HOME LAYOUTS

N Bob Adams' Norfolk & Western Rwy
HO Gerry Albers' Deep Water District Virginian Rwy GMR '14,
MRP '05
N Greg Albert's Steel Mill Layout (portable)
HO Mark Albert's Cincinnati Street Cars (portable)
Fn3 Roy Allan's Western Division of the Rio Grande Southern
HO Kevin Barrett's Freelance Appalachian Railroad
O Bob Bartizek's Pennsylvania & Western Railroad Oscale,
RMC, MRH
HO Chuck Behymer's Colorado & Western
HO Jack Berry's Big Sandy Railroad
HO Ed Bley's PRR Monongahela Branch RMJ
N Larry Bonhaus's Laurence & St. Andrews RR (PRR)
O-27 Bill Bramlage's O-27 Railroad O video
HOn3 Tom Brueggeman, MMR's Denver & Rio Grande W.
HO Scott Caldwell's PRR - Altoona & Horseshoe Curve
HO Kent Campbell's Layout
HOn3/HO Ric Case's East Broad Top RR + Stinkin Creek Branch
HO/On30 Bob Chapman's Great Western Trunk RR
HO Tim Cook's Louisville & Nashville
HO Keith Corman's Cincinnati, Louisville & St. Louis
HO Rick Crumrine's Waynesburg & Washington (PRR) GMR '03,
MR, RMJ
HO Georgia Dahlberg, MMR's Southern Pacific
HO Dave Davenport's Clinchfield RR Oct '14 MR
HO Bob Davis' PRR - Little Miami Sub
N Steve Dishion's Union Pacific
HO Donald Docter's Layout  
HO Bill Doll's Forest Park Southern Railroad Apr '13 MR
HO Bill Edwards' South Eastern Central
HO? Philip Elliott's Layout
O, S Larry Fabiano's Tinplate and Trolleys
HO Frank Fieler's West Virginia Logging Jul '14 MR
HO Pete Forbes' Pennsylvania RR - North Philadephia
HO Jim Gaines' Interstate Railroad
O Howard Goldberg's Tinplate Layout
O Ron Gribler, MMR's Layout
HO Dan Hadley's Sierra Northern
O-27 Ned Hoeltzer's Huge Lionel Layout
HO/HOn3 Pat Homan's Northern Colorado & Omaha / D&IS Ry
HO Neal Horning's Suesport and SE Carry RR GMR '03
HO Bill Horstmann's Twin Valley & Meadow Ridge RR
S Merlyn Jarman's Cincinnati, St. Louis & Western
HO Brad Jonas' Schrader Creek Railroad
HO Allan Jones' Louisville & Nashville
N Terry Judd's New Haven
Sn2 Dave Keith's Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes
N Randy Kerka's West Chester & Southern Railroad
HO/HOn3 Bruce Knapp's ATSF and Cimarron-Northern 
HO Bob Kress' Kentucky Central Sep '86 MR
HO Ed Kuhr's West Virginia Southern Jan '94 RMJ
HO Curt LaRue's Pennsylvania RR Panhandle Div GMR 2011,
2005 RMJ
HO Bob Lawson's Southern Railway Aug '14 MR,
GMR, Video
HO Don Leedy's Scofield Western
HO Ray Linesch's Layout
HO John Listermann's B&O Christianson,
Cynthianna & Thomasville
RMJ, MR
HO Tom Mack's Burlington Route - Lines East
HO Daniel Mack's Ohio Valley & Eastern 2002 MM
HO Dennis Malloy's Cincinnati & Lake Erie
N Bill Mense's Virginia - Chesapeake & Ohio
O, On3 Tony Michel's B&O plus On3 Eastern Loggers GMR '99,'04
N Paul Miklos' B&O Ohio Division
HO John Miller's Kanawha & Lake Erie RMJ
HO Bruce Minturn's Lebanon Northern & Santa Fe
HO Steve Montgomery's B&O Carol Valley RR Jul '15 MR
N Dave Nenna's Tehachapi Subdivision

Aug '15 MR

HO Walter Norman's E&W RR (Buckeye Station)
N Bob O'Hearn's Freelance Layout
HO Gary Ossenschmidt's Midwest & Miami Valley RR
N Phil Palmer's Baltimore & Ohio
HO Sam Parfitt's Great Northern RR RMJ
HO Tom Patterson's Chesapeake, Wheeling & Erie RR RMC, MRH
HO/HOn3 Ron Pearson's East Broad Top RR Oct '14 MR
HO Stephanie Pendergrass' Santa Fe & Western
HO Noah Powers' Pennsylvania Limited
HO Dave Puthoff's Cheviot & Ohio  
HO Stephen Rineair's Norfolk & Western Railway
HO Jim Rollwage's Denver Pacific Jul '02 MRG
HO Bob Shaw's Chesapeake & Ohio Little Miami Div.
HO Sam Shreve's PRR / B&O
HO Jack and Suzi Sibert's Clearview Valley RR
HO Perry Simpson's L&N's KY & Cumberland Valley Sub GMR 2013
OO Greg Simpson's West Midlands Railways GMR '12, MR
HO Todd Smalley's C&O Todhunter Division NMRA
HO Matt Snell & Debie Baker's Conrail New Jersey Div. GMR 2006
HO Patrick Stanley's Southern Pacific - Donner Pass
HO Rick Stern's ATSF MR
HO Jim Stewart's Port Arthur Railway & Navigation Co.
HO Jerry Strangarity's Reading + N. Schuylkill & Hilldale GMR '03, MR
HO Ed Swain's Pennsylvania RR Apr '15 MR
On30/
HOn3
Sam Swanson's Greenbrier & Lost River NG&SG,
NMRA, etc.
N Jerry Tarvid's Modern Era Layout
HO Greg Traut's Layout
N Jim Vaughan's Layout
HO Tom Vogt's Freelance Layout
HO Michael Wardrep's Layout
HO Peter Weiglin's Cincinnati Inspired Layout
HO Alfred Wienstroer's Layout
HO Dave Wilson's Norfolk & Western
HO Anton Zillich's Norfolk Southern, Grand Trunk, DTI

GARDEN RAILWAYS

G, O-27 Bob Ampulski's Garden Railway & Classic Lionel
G Tim and Jan Boone's Amberly Northern Railway
G Pat and Mary Jo Berding's Garden Railway
G Bruce and Barb Bowden's BB&B Railroad
Gn3 Ray and Grace Budinger's Sycamore Creek Railroad GR
G Mark and Kim Connelly's Cableland Railway
G David and Lori Demoss' HairBall and DogDrool RR
G Chris and Bev Deye's Brittany Ridge & Muddy Creek RR
G Randy Folmer's Garden Railway
G Don and Ann Furnish's White Oak & Western Railroad
G Jack and Kathie Griffin's Grandymon Lake Railroad
G Bill and Betsy Hall's Hall's Home Grown Railroad
G Ron and Dee Hill's Big Maple Railroad
G Stu and Sandra Holder's Holderville & Smithtown RR
G Ray and Charlotte Hughes's Skyridge Railroad Jun '02 GR
Gn3 John and Martha Lange's Clear Creek District GR
G Rich and Paula Lippert's Garden Railway
G Karl and Connie Lippowitsch's The Brass Rail
G Daniel List's List Great Bend Railway
G Ray and Carol MacNab's Garden Railway
G Jim and Jane Matchett's J & J Railroad
G Tom and Debbie Mathews's Calico Mountain Railway
G, S Don and Gayle Oeters's Great Western Reserve RR
G Larry and Nancy Ratliff's Garden Railway
G Walter and Gerry Reuszner's Garden Railway
G Norm and Carolyn Robinson's C & N Twin Falls RR
G Jim Schrimpf's Garden Railway
G Bill Sprague's Garden Railway
G Dan and Pam Stenger's Cranberry & Linville River RR NMRA, GR
G Blair and Tina Thompson's White Pass & Yukon
G Ray and Eileen Torbeck's Glendale Garden Long Line RR
G Rob and Diane Vorbroker's Mason Creek Railroad
G Don and Donna Yetzer's The English Garden Railway

 

 

 

 

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