Steve Austin's EI&T Co.

Steve Austin
Elkhorn Iron & Timber Co.

The 336 sq ft Elkhorn expansion features a fully automated interchange with the original 560 sq ft purpose-built layout room. Both spaces feature double deck railroading. The expansion includes several waterfront scenes. The approximately 7'x3' Upatoi Creek includes a boatyard scene with a shrimp boat in for repairs and maintenance as well as an automated shuttle train serving the numerous scratchbuilt/extensively kitbashed enterprises along the Creek. A 6'x3' rail-served riverfront scene includes extensive docking facilities capable of handling 4-6 craft simultaneously.

The expansion spotlights a highly detailed (they are all highly detailed ) 2'x4' welding shop, welding services and scrap metal salvage complex. A well-detailed 3-stall enginehouse with turntable and machine shop is the next planned construction project.

Layout Details

  • Owner: Steve Austin
  • Hours:
    Thursday June 18, 12pm to 4pm.
    Sunday June 21, 10am to 2pm.
  • Photo Credit: Steve Austin
Jim Dorsett's Cumberland & Appalachian Railroad

Jim Dorsett
Cumberland & Appalachian Railroad

This is an O Scale on three rail track layout of the N&W, Southern, and L&N Railroads in the Coal Mining districts of SW Virginia, NE Tennessee, SW Kentucky, and Southern West Virginia. The town of Bristol, TN. / Va. and the fictional town of Mt. Clemens are depicted.

Many structures are scratch built, including the Brompton Coal Company Tipple, others are from kits or are kit bashed. The Scenery is Hydrocal Hard shell, with most of the trees handmade with a panoramic backdrop of typical terrain of the area in the fall. Realism is the goal so everything is prototypical, weathered, and spread out as much as possible.

Layout Details

  • Owner: Jim Dorsett
  • Hours:
    Thursday June 18, 10am to 3pm
    Sunday June 21, 10am to 3pm
  • Photo Credit: Peter Youngblood
Dave Houseman's Chicago Denver & Pacific Railroad

Dave Houseman
Chicago Denver & Pacific HO Scale Railroad

This layout is located over the border near Sevier, TN on the very large HO Chicago, Denver and Pacific model empire built by Dave Houseman. This multi-level re-creation of the central and western part of the country features a huge Denver Yard plus a host of smaller towns, two other yards, staging at both east and west ends, a rail barge operation to an isolated community, and countless industries, both large and small.

It fills several large rooms and the mainlines are long enough to handle 40-50 car trains with ease. Dave’s control system is all radio NCE. This session is intended to attract conventioneers heading home to points south and west, although it is well worth the drive if you are going the other way.

Layout Details

  • Owner: Dave Houseman
  • Hours: Thursday June 18, 9am to 4pm
  • Photo Credit: Allen Keller
Allen Keller's Bluff City Southern

Allen Keller
Bluff City Southern

The Bluff City Southern serves the Memphis area in the summer of 1950. The BCS is a system that is owned by the five railroads that service Memphis. The five are the Louisville & Nashville, the Missouri Pacific, the Southern, the Illinois Central and the Saint Louis San Francisco. These railroads serve Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas and then interchange in Memphis.

Not all railroads run over all the track. The BCS owns the track in Memphis and the other lines radiate out in three directions. The IC, SLSF and Southern operate in Mississippi on track owned by the IC. The IC, Southern and the L&N operate in Tennessee on track owned by the Southern. SLSF and MoPac operate in Arkansas on track owned by SLSF. Switching in Memphis at Bluff City Yard and Union Station is provided by the Southern. This is also the case at Frogmoor yard in Jackson.

Layout Details

Only railroads that own the track are permitted to switch the industries in their areas. Thus IC switches Mississippi, SLSF switches Arkansas, and Southern switches Tennessee. The other roads are always run throughs except for the L&N interchange at Somerville, Tenn. The L&N does not switch Somerville except for the once a day Grain Train.

There are 4 staging yards representing Greenville, Miss. Forrest City, Ark. Nashville, Tenn and Chattanooga, Tenn. There are two classification yards: Bluff City at Memphis and Frogmoor at Jackson. Both have non-indexed turntables. The Bridge Junction Interlocking provides a wye between Tenn and Arkansas on the banks of the Mississippi River. Passing tracks are located at Alligator and Friars Point, Miss. West Memphis, Ark and Somerville, Tenn.

The railroad operates using a sequence sheet in the dispatcher’s office. We run 3 tricks using a 3:1 fast clock. Operating positions are 2 yardmen at Bluff City, 1 yard man at Jackson, a Union Station operator, a dispatcher and 4 or 5 mainline engineers who handle freight and passenger trains. Approximately 7 passenger trains operate in each shift. There are 5 or 6 through freights, and 3 locals in each direction on most shifts.

Turnouts are controlled by a spring-loaded lever located between the switch points. Throw the points with your bamboo pick. There are switch motors in Bluff City Yard, Union Station, Forrest City staging, and Nashville staging. Uncoupling is accomplished with bamboo picks. There are 2 uncoupling ramps in Bluff City Yard, 6 in Union Station and one in Jackson Frogmoor Yard. Car routing is done using 4 cycle waybills.

Control of trains is provided by Wangrow/NCE Digital Command Control. Most of the locomotives are equipped with sound. There are plug in phone panels in every town. Turnouts are power routing and will cause a short if throw against your train. Please check your turnout setting before moving.

John Lees' Southen Caboose

John Lees
Refurbished Southern Caboose

John has a real caboose sitting on his property.

Fully refurbished man cave!

Layout Details

  • Owner: John and Marge Lees
  • Contact: H: 706-867-9966   M: 678-316-8730   E: coppermine@windstream.net
  • Hours:
    Willing to be open both June 18 and June 21 from 10am to 5pm both days.
    Open by appointment after 5pm.
  • Info: Restrooms available. Not handicap accessible (can see the caboose, but can’t fit a wheelchair on the caboose).
  • Photo Credit: John Lees
Dan Mansfield's Georgia Railroad

Dan Mansfield
Georgia Railroad Camak Division Circa 1952

This is a 2 rail O scale layout. Features DCC operations, 900 feet of flex track, 88 turnouts, 110 freight cars, 3 steam loco and 9 diesels. Scenery is approximately 50% done.

Dan will be having an operating session from 6-9 and can handle 12 operators.  If needed, he will rotate operators in and out.  He will be Open June 18th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Layout Details

  • Owner: Dan Mansfield
  • Hours:
    OPERATING SESSION June 18th, 6pm to 9pm
    LAYOUT VIEWING June 18th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Info: Restrooms available. Not handicap accessible.
  • Photo Credit: Dan Mansfield
Robert Meyer's Phlatt River Branch, Southern Railway

Robert Meyer
Phlatt River Branch, Southern Railway

Phlatt River branch is a fictitious branch line railroad of the Southern Railway set in the piedmont area of the southeastern USA. The time period is late September/early October of 1973. the railroad begins at a connection to the Southern mainline and proceeds west bound. After passing through three small towns, it ends at a paper mill (the largest shipper/receiver) that came on line in 1968. Other on line industries include a coal mine, limestone quarry and other smaller users.

The railroad is designed for operations to simulate a transportation system in a point to point style with the eastern connection to the Southern main line represented by a large staging yard. Overall size is on the order of 25' by 30'. It is under construction with some of the scenery complete but only about 20% of the track installed. I have chosen to focus on the major areas of scenery installation prior to installing track. Many trees will be needed on the layout.

Layout Details

  • Owner: Robert Meyer
  • Hours: Thursday June 18, 1pm to 4pm
  • Info: Restrooms available. Not handicap accessible.
  • Photo Credit: Robert Meyer
Peter Youngblood's ATSF Colorado & Albuquerque

Peter Youngblood's
ATSF Colorado & Albuquerque Divisions

Welcome aboard the Santa Fe Railway, a composite of how it was in 1967 Between La Junta, CO and Flagstaff, AZ. A geographic area representing three southwestern states from a high plain in Colorado to a 3.5 % mountain grade into New Mexico and across a deep canyon in Arizona.

The time of combined “Super Chief/El Capitan” first class passenger trains from Chicago to Los Angeles and return. A time of heavy freight traffic and mail-by-rail contracts in their final year. First generation diesels are giving way to second generation power while Amtrak steadily advances on the horizon. Steam locomotives, ghosts of the past, may reappear as soulless relics displayed behind chain link in city parks. Rumors abound two have been secreted away to be resurrected, perhaps to run again on special fan trips. One can only hope.

Layout Details

  • Owner: Peter Youngblood
  • Contact:
  • Hours:Sunday June 21 from 10am to 2pm
  • Info: HO Scale 27 x 47 ft
  • Photo Credit: Peter Youngblood