George Stringer – (Layout Tours only) (Sunday, May 21, 2023, 11-5 pm). The 100% scenery layout is an upside down “L” shape, 23’ X 18’, with a 35 inch access isle proceeding down the center of the long length of the “L” and turning 22.50 to the right in the heel of the “L”. On the left side of the isle is an 8 track PRR Stub Yard. On the right side of the isle is a 7 track (partially run thru) Nickel Plate Yard. Using a duck under you have additional isle space behind a back drop that separates the town from the industrial section both behind the NKP yard.
The layout sits on 2 X 2 legs holding up doors saved from the remodel when we moved in. On top of the doors there is foam in various thicknesses, including a 2% double tracked grade that goes thru a massive plaster cast tunnel in the corner of the “L”. The layout is 45 inches off the floor and 48 inches down from the ceiling. I tried to maintain 42 inch radius track. Where walls come in contact with the layout Masonite was used to hold the Trackside Scenery.com backdrops which includes a water fall down a short river with three RR bridges and one highway bridge. There are clouds and sky above the back drop. These backdrops are are very realistic as they are real pictures on photo paper. In the other areas Realistic Backdrops.Com were used. There are 25 Miller Engineering neon signs on the layout. The cement roads on the layout were made from For Sale, For Rent, and Beware of Dog plastic signs.
George can easily run two trains at one time even though half of the pike is single track. In the social area of the partial basement is a room he calls the “waiting room”. Glass cases hold the remainder of the 150 engines, most of which are PRR, he cannot get on the run and park layout.