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).

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 name link in the tables to see those pics. All photos by John Burchnall except some by EnterTrainment Junction, Tom Patterson, Randy Kerka and Jim Rollwage in their respective layout collages, plus a Cinder Sniffer photo by Ruth Anne Burchnall.

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
Eastern Loggers - Cab Ride
Bob Lawson - CNO&TP Ry
Bob Lawson - Towns/Industries
Bob Lawson - Ohio River at Cincinnati
Gerry Albers - VGN
Sam Parfitt - New Cab Ride
Sam Parfitt - Old Cab Ride
Sam Parfitt - Pacing a GN 2-8-8-2
Sam Parfitt - ABBA SF F units;
John Listermann - Pacing a B&O 2-8-8-2
Rick Crumrine - Cab Ride
Rick Stern - ATSF Ry

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
A prominent area-wide prototype railroad club. 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 or contact them at and they will get back to you.

Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club
This club is looking for a new site to rebuild their 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. Visitors always welcome. Visit their website or contact Kurt Albrecht at 513-638-8638 or for more info.

The Eastern Loggers
This group of modelers have donated their award winning museum quality HO standard and narrow guage sectional layout to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum near Coudersport, PA. The layout depicts Pennsylvania logging industries in the early 1920's. For more info contact John Burchnall at 513-205-6045 or

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

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. Contact info is unknown.

Queen City HiRailers
An "O" gauge 3-rail modular train group currently looking for a new home. 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:

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. Contact John Shields at 513-561-8691

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

Ross Rails
Ross Rails is a non-profit group of HO Scale Model Train Enthusiasts.They are looking for a new home to rebuild their layout. Visit their web site or contact Jerry Romine at 513-459-7520.


Ray Faragher Mountain View at Behringer-Crawford Mus.
GMR 2003
HO MRP 2012
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 (permanently moved to the PA Lumber Museum)

GMR 1998,
EnterTrainment Junction's Huge Indoor G Scale Layout
Ross Rails Model RR Club
Tri-State N-Trak's Modular Layout


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) (MR)
HO Mark Albert's Cincinnati Street Cars (portable) (MR)
Fn3 Roy Allan's Western Division of the Rio Grande Southern MR
HO Kevin Barrett's Freelance Appalachian Railroad
O Bob Bartizek's Pennsylvania & Western Railroad Oscale,
HO Chuck Behymer's Colorado & Western (moved)
HO Jack Berry's Big Sandy Railroad (gone?)
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 (gone?)
HO Keith Corman's Cincinnati, Louisville & St. Louis
HO Rick Crumrine's Waynesburg & Washington (PRR) GMR '03,
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, Oct '20 MR
HO Bill Edwards' South Eastern Central (gone?)
HO? Philip Elliott's Layout
HO Chuck Endreola's Colorado Midland
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 (rebuilding?)
O Howard Goldberg's Tinplate Layout
O-27, HO Larry Goodridge's Layouts (WWII, Old West, etc.)
O Ron Gribler, MMR's Layout
HO Dan Hadley's Sierra Northern
O-27 Ned Hoeltzer's Huge Lionel Layout Newspaper
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 (gone?)
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, 1" 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 Ed Knecht's Louisville & Nashville (gone)  
HO Bob Kress' Kentucky Central Sep '86 MR
HO Ed Kuhr's West Virginia Southern Jan '94 RMJ
HO David Lamb's Western Ohio Peavine Division  
HO Curt LaRue's Pennsylvania RR Panhandle Div GMR 2011,
2005 RMJ
HO Bob Lawson's Southern Railway (rebuilding) Aug '14 MR,
GMR, Video
HO, O-27 Don Leedy's Utah South Western & UP + Lionel Tinplate
HO Ray Linesch's Layout (gone?)
HO John Listermann's B&O Christianson,
Cynthianna & Thomasville


HO Tom Mack's Burlington Route - Lines East
HO Dan Mack's Ohio Valley & Eastern 2002 MM
HO Dennis Malloy's Cincinnati & Lake Erie MR
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 (moved to CA)

Aug'15 MR

HO Walter Norman's E&W RR (Buckeye Station)
N Bob O'Hearn's Freelance Layout
HO, N 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 (UP) Jul '02 MRG
HO Randy Seiler's B&O/PC Cincinnati West
HO Michael Shannon's Freelance Layout
HO Bob Shaw's Chesapeake & Ohio Little Miami Div.
HO Sam Shreve's PRR/B&O
HO Jack 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 Bo Sis's Penn. RR and Beaver Valley & Western MR
HO Todd Smalley's C&O Monroe Division (gone, rebuilding) NMRA, MR
HO Matt & Debie Snell 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 Andre Stone's NS First District  
HO Jerry Strangarity's Reading + N. Schuylkill & Hilldale GMR '03, MR
HO Ed Swain's Pennsylvania RR Apr '15 MR
Sam Swanson's Greenbrier & Lost River NG&SG,
NMRA, etc.
N Jerry Tarvid's Modern Era Layout (gone)
HO Greg Traut's Layout
HO Keith VandeStadt's Suffolk Northern Railway
N Jim Vaughan's Layout
HO Tom Vogt's Freelance Layout
HO Michael Wardrep's Layout
HO Peter Weiglin's Ohio & Erie
HO David Wendt's Norfolk & Western MR
HO Alfred Wienstroer's Layout
HO Dave Wilson's Norfolk & Western
HO Anton Zillich's Norfolk Southern, Grand Trunk, DTI


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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