Realism and Creativity in Train Layouts

Posted by John Brady on

Many collectors enjoy running scale versions of real-life trains. For O gauge trains, MTH's Premier line and select Lionel items are more detailed and true to scale versions of engines and cars. 

Other model railroaders prefer creating their own trains by combining cars from different rail lines or eras. 

Our customer Jef Smith sent us this video of his train, which he terms the  Manchester Intermodal Service Center (MISC) "Miss C" train which locals call "the Messy."  Jef explained, "It’s a fictional road located in St. Louis, and services all routes North South East and West…So you will see anything and everything on the rails."

Jef envisions the 'Miss C' line as "a Point to Point Switching Operation, that spans the Mississippi River, and exists in St. Louis and the rail yards still in existence in East St. Louis. The average train is 10 to 30 cars long. Occasionally, on the dual main lines, longer trains can be seen."

Jef designed his layout to run long trains: "The longest successful train, which made three trips around the top most line without an incident, was 54 cars."

Share your layout with us via Facebook messenger or email ( with a brief description, and we might feature it on the blog!

Customers who share pictures of their layouts with us will be entered for a chance to win a special prize. 


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