Our layout was started in the late 1950’s and remains in its original building. The layout was designed for public viewing during the annual county fair, having a viewing aisle along one side. The layout incorporates three scales – HO, HOn3, and N, within the same scenery and benchwork. The N-scale trackage was a later addition to the HO layout to create forced perspective by locating it on the side farthest from the viewing aisle. While the basic configuration of the mainline track has remained similar to the first iteration of the layout, most all of the scenery and town locations have been redesigned over the years.
One of the most common questions we get from people who are unfamiliar with model railroads is: “Do you put it up each year for the fair?” Answer: No, this is a semi-permanent installation constructed on wood framework (we call it benchwork) with plaster scenery base and extensive wiring for train controls and lighting.