Ed Loizeaux's New York Central in S Scale.

This large S scale layout represents the New York Central in the Catskill Mountains in 1948. Steam is resisting diesel pressure to retire early, but is losing the battle. Hauling long freights and fast passenger trains over the mountainous terrain is a routine daily task on this layout. Scenery is 95% complete with a detailed backdrop, huge mountains, tall waterfall, long bridges and an unusual lightning/thunderstorm animation. Industrial areas include a coal mine, logging camp, sawmill, oil refinery and a city area.

Not only has this layout been featured in 2005 issue of Great Model Railroads, Narro Guage and Shortline Gazette, Mainline Modeler, Scale Rails, Model Railroader November 2008Model Railroad Hobbyist e-zine  October, 2009 and NMRA Bulletin, September 2010, the layout was also featured on PBS TV's programTRACKS AHEAD.


Layout Builders was contracted to install new track in the still unfinished yard, including scratchbuilding two double slip switches. We also installed a crossover on an existing section of double track, and cut into the mainline to install a series of turnouts and industrial track. Layout Builders also designed and constructed several roll-away platforms that can be easily moved into position to provide raised viewing, while being safe and stable to prevent accidents.