Train Layout Photo Gallery
Joe Pizza: Pizza Central Railroad
Location: Hudson, NY
Size: about 670 square feet
Mode: Conventional and MTH DCS
The Pizza Central has 59 Custom Signals on the Layout with 2
four track signal bridges, 2 Bracketed Towers and 6 Cantilever
Signal Bridges. I am running the Custom Signal Modular Signal
System. I am using the TSC-1 and the BSC-1 boards right now and
will incorporate the TDC-1 and BSF-1 boards when available.
These signals are the best I have seen for O-Gauge with unbelievable
details. Support from Terry has been tremendous. I have many special
situations on the layout that I could not find in the track configuration
library; however, Terry has gone the extra mile in helping me
figure out my needs.
Although Terry could do all or any part of the installation;
I choose to do the installation myself. I found this to be straight
forward and fun to do. With 59 Signals I used over 6700 feet of
wire. It does take time for the installation, however, the results
were well worth the time. I highly recommend this system for any
small or large O-Gauge Layout. The products are the best and the
support is ever better.
Southern New England Model Railroad
Size: about 1700 square feet
Mode: Conventional and Command
The Southern New England Model Railroad Club is an O Scale model
railroad club located in Gardner Massachusetts. The club currently
has eleven members and operates a 21' x 83' Modular layout. The
Southern New England Model Railroad Club was a cosponsor of the 1998 and 2008 National O Scale Conventions. Our layout
was on display there and is on display at the Amherst Railway
Society Big Train Show in January each year at the Eastern States
Exposition grounds in West Springfield Massachusetts.
The Double track main lines allow for long trains with prototypical
signals at crossovers and yard entrances and exits. We have 5
Bracketed towers and 1 N&W style cantilever signal bridge
along with many OG style ground signals from Custom Signals.
Model Railroading by Hal & Edward
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Era: New York 1940
Size: about ~400 square feet
Our Model Railroad is an Hi-Rail model railroad located near
Philadelphia Pennsylvania and is a 35' x 12' permanent layout
in the shape of an "L". We try to keep everything to
scale using Ross Switches; Gargrave Track and O Scale freight
and passenger cars. The single track main line traverses the layout
on two levels and allows for multi-engine lash-ups with lots of
freight or passengers cars. We have a scissors crossover from
Ross so that our trains can traverse the layout three times without
riding the same track without dispatcher intervention.
I had envisioned implementing our signal system quite some time
ago (several years ago in fact) and purchased a few custom handmade
NYC Style Bracketed Towers, and several masted NYC & OG Style
signals from Custom Signals at that time. Recently the layout
has been completed and now it is time to complete the final decoration
with the signals that I already have and the newly purchased OG
Style signal which you can see in the photo below.
The photos in the first row (above) show our new OG style signal
protecting main line track (up grade) hidden inside the mountain
and the custom handmade NYC style signals mounted on a Bracketed
Tower installed just before the switches for the passing and freight
sidings (not shown) at the tunnel exit near the mountain top.
The location is not quite prototypical, because, I have limited
space at the tunnel exit. While the Bracketed Tower is completely
installed; it is not wired-up just yet (new photos coming soon).
The left photo in the second row (above) shows another custom
handmade masted NYC style signal protecting the main line track
(down grade) going into the mountain and the long hidden track
that is beyond the lower tunnel. The photo on the right gives
you a bird's eye view of the mountain and the two track portals
(down and up grade).
I've always liked working on electronics and layout wiring from
my high school days a long time ago. So this was fun working thru
the signal installation process and using the TCL. The TCL (Track
Configuration Library) has switch layout and circuit board diagrams
for most any track design. The prototypical operations of the
signals are terrific and we actually use them to prevent crashes
in the tunnels. I highly recommend this system for any small or
large O-Gauge Layout. The support is great too!