There is nothing more intriguing than watching a railway layout from a vantage point. This has been made possible by the creation of model railway layouts that are intriguing in every aspect. Below are a few mind-blowing model railway layouts that most people find it hard to believe they are models.
1. Sierra Pacific Lines by Pasadena Model Railroad Club
This is a 30,000 foot railway track that was made by hand. This model is considered to be the largest HO layout on the entire planet. At a normal speed, the model trains take a full hour to circle the entire railway track.
2. The Madder Valley Railway
This is one of the oldest model railway layouts in the world. It was created by John Ahern, single handedly, in 1930s. The model is today left for permanent display though caretakers run the trains in specific days of the year. The Madder Valley Railway is the first model to incorporate full landscape. It is hence a legendary in this industry.
3. The Miniature Railroad & Village
This is a model designed to mimic the exciting 18th – 19th century Western Pennsylvania railway station. This is an ‘O’ scale layout which measures a total of 83 x 30 inches. It is among the largest and realistic model layouts found in Carnegie Science Center.
4. Virginia and Ohio
This is a HO scale model. It was created by W. Allen McClelland. The model run in 1970s before it was dismantled and shipped to the National Railroad Museum in 2001. The creator reconstructed the model again and it can be found today in this museum. Being quite influential, the Virginia and Ohio model had a book written about it.
5. The Gorre & Daphetid
This is a model railway model built by John Whitby from his home; Monterey, California. Part of the model was burnt by a fire that caught his basement in 1973. The fire took place after Whitby passed away after a heart attack.
6. The Living Desert LGB Model
This is the longest G-gauge garden model railway layout. This was built as part of the Living Desert and stretches for about 2,300 feet. The length is deemed for an increase of 25% in the coming years. The tracks are designed to depict the journey through the Grand Canyon.
7. The Tehachapi Pass
This is a model railway layout designed to depict the real tracks ranging from the trains to the topography and then some. Photographs of the real tracks were taken by the creators so as to come up with an accurate model. The model can be found in the Museum of San Diego Model Railroad. The actual railway is the Walong siding which lies between Mojave and Bakersfield in California.
8. Japanese Micro-Layouts by Yoji Tabuchi
These are small models rich in details and realism. The models are known as N-Scale which are comprehensive but at a small scale. They can be used in homes.
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