S Scale 17 ft x 21 ft


S Scale 17 ft x 21 ft



Freelancing in Western Pennsylvania

Here at SMARTT we thrive on challenges, and this S Scale custom masterpiece truly fits the bill. Set in the picturesque rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, this mid-sized layout pretty much has it all.

Custom laser cut and kit-bashed bridges and structures featuring 3-D printed super-detailed parts abound in this railroad empire. With almost 700 feet of track and 45 custom-built turnouts engineered to support scale, semi-scale, and tinplate wheels, this layout is an operator’s delight.

The imaginative three-level track plan allows at least 3 trains to run independently and simultaneously with the ability for trains on any level to access another level. Below decks, hidden staging tracks allow new trains to enter the scene. Mainline open running is enhanced by an extensive freight yard, passenger terminal, a locomotive service area complete with a turntable, and a couple of industrial spurs.

Technologically, SMARTT is again at the head of the curve, using Lionel’s latest Legacy Digital Command System and supporting components in a unique approach to enhance operational capabilities to the max.

The magnificent hand painted backdrop brings the scene to life, extending the rural scenery naturally into the distance as the trains run by in the foreground on their way to the busy city – a freelanced urban scene filled with realistic details and vignettes.

Truly a layout appealing to the S Scaler who loves scale realism, yet also still has that nostalgic yen for American Flyer trains of days gone by.


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


Freelancing in Western Pennsylvania

Location: California

Scale: S Scale

Dimensions: 17 ft x 21 ft Around-the-wall configuration with central peninsula and swing-bridge access.

Number of Modules: 14

Min. Aisle: 28" inches

Total Turnouts:
  • 45 Hand laid S scale turnouts

  • 22" operating turntable

Control System:
  • Wireless DCC via iPad interface

Track Specifications
Mainline 1Mainline 2Mainline 3StagingYardTotal
Trackage (ft.) 1951541767879682
Max. Grade % 2.1%2.3%2.75%1.8%0.0-
Min. Radius (in.) 30"30"30"30"30"-