S Scale 16 ft x 54 ft


S Scale 16 ft x 54 ft



New York Central/ Chicago Themed S Scale Model Railroad Layout

A run from Chicago past the industrial northeast to the mountains of upstate New York is the theme of this New York Central based S Scale model railway. Above the city streets, trains rumble over Chicago's famed "EL" bridge on their way towards the oil refineries and rail yards near Gary, Indiana.

Continuing eastbound trains head into the mountains of northern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. A sleepy town provides a way-station for weary travelers before they continue their journey, skirting along deep canyons while crossing a multitude of bridges with rivers raging below.

Operations on this dual-track mainline with hidden staging tracks is a source of never-ending pleasure. “High Balling” with ultra long trains on this extended track plan design helps recreate the heady days when railroading and rail-fanning was at its peak.


Enjoy this video and then check out all the key statistics on the specifications page.


New York Central/ Chicago Themed S Scale Model Railroad Layout

Location: Illinois

Scale: S Scale with lower level O Scale subway

Dimensions: 16 ft x 54 ft Around-the-wall “dog-bone.”

Number of Modules: 21

Min. Aisle: 28 inches

Total Turnouts:
  • S Scale - 27
  • O Scale - none

  • S Scale – 22” (118’)

  • S - Nickel Silver code 125 (155 lb scale) rail

  • O - Gargraves

Control System:
  • S - Wireless DCC and Wireless TMCC,
    O - Conventional with automated station-stops

  • Access to mountain area loop via Dutch door style swing-bridge.

Track Specifications
S Mainline 1S Mainline 2S StagingS YardS TotalO Subway
Trackage (ft.) 23325610395687132
Max. Grade %
Min. Radius (in.) 30"r30"r30"r--O36