Home Layout Tours

Due to the mountainous region of the area, all layouts visits will be done using your own GPS device or self-generated computer maps. 

                              

Apple Valley Model Railroad Club - Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.

This 22 x 100 foot HO scale railroad is located inside the historic Hendersonville, NC Railroad Depot and has a Western North Carolina setting. The main yard is Asheville, NC where mainline trains run south to Spartanburg, SC and east to Spencer, NC.  At Hickory, NC. the Carolina and Northwestern railroad departs to the upper level through Lenoir and Mortimer and joins with the W.M. Ritter logging railroad at Edgemont. The scenery is basically complete but it is constantly being updated to enhance the overall effect. Digitrax DCC (simplex and duplex) is used to control the trains. The layout was featured in the xxxx issue of Model Railroader. There is also a Garden Scale layout outside by track side. Visit their website at www.avmrc.com for more information and photos. This layout is handicap accessible.

Address: 650 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

                           

French Broad e’N’pire NTRAK Club – Saturday 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm.

The FBE is a 25 x 32 foot N scale NTRAK modular layout. NTRAK is an international standard for a system of individual modules that when joined together allow for layouts larger than most people have room for. The club gets its name from the Greenville and French Broad River Railroad which was chartered in 1855 and operated between Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC. Track is 99% complete and scenery is about 80% complete. Digitrax DCC and WiFi are used to control the trains. This layout is handicap accessible.

Address: 503 7th Ave East, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

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Joe Dunn’s Rathole Division of the Norfolk Southern Railroad – Saturday 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm.

This large N scale layout represents the Norfolk Southern from Chattanooga, TN to St. Louis, MO. with a mainline length of approximately 6.5 scale miles. The layout is fully sceniced with the scenery being over 7 feet tall in some areas. You will see long trains being pulled by a mix of Southern, CSX, Conrail and Norfolk Southern motive power. Digitrax DCC (simplex and duplex) is used to control the trains. The layout was featured in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of N Scale Magazine. This layout is handicap accessible.

Address: 17 Gardenwood Lane, Asheville, NC 28803.

 

                              

 

Bill Dye’s Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Monongahela RR – Thursday 1 to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.

This is a 30 x 18 foot double deck N scale layout currently in the construction phase. The lower level depicts the Pittsburgh area including Glenwood yard, the P&LE Station and many Pittsburgh area industries. The upper level is the B&O route from Pittsburgh to Youngstown, OH and then on to Chicago and Cleveland represented by staging yards. Also modeled is a branch line from Harmony to Punxsutawney, PA and then to Buffalo, NY. Bench work and the mainline track and yards are complete but most industry tracks are still in work. Track is Atlas code 55 with all turnouts scratch built using the Fast Tracks templates. While little scenery has been completed to date, many structures are in place to help bring the railroad past the “plywood plains” state. NCE DCC is used to control the trains. This layout is not handicap accessible.

Address: 10 Rivoli Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28739.