The Tribute to Springfield Layout on Display at the 2016 National Train Show. The Tribute to Springfield O scale layout on display at the 2016 National Train Show in Indianapolis, IN.

Tribute to Springfield O Scale Layout

The Tribute to Springfield layout is a 6'x12' portable O scale (two rail) switching layout featuring scenes from the Eastern States Exposition.  The layout is based upon the old railroad spur which used to serve the Big E up until the late 1970s.  Since my interest is in the Railroad Hobby Show, I've taken this prototype and stirred in some fantasy to create a model railroad of the spur if it existed in the present day and the model railroad show was served by 1:1 scale trains.  Since the layout is portable, it is put on display at public events - yes - including at the Railroad Hobby Show annually in January.

As of January 2017, the layout is about 80% complete - mostly with details left to add.  It is expected to make an appearance at the 2017 Railroad Hobby Show on January 28-29, 2017 at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show.  It will be setup inside the Young Building.

Layout Blog

During construction of the layout, I kept a blog of progress - plus all kinds of other interesting items about the show.  While the blog is no longer active, the archive is online. Take a look back at the various daily posts, by category, below.

Layout Media and Awards

Model Railroader Video Plus, 2016 National Train Show Report - Part 2, Interview with Cody Grivno - 10:28 to 12:52
Trainmasters.TV, 2016 National Train Show Report - Part 2, Interview with Miles Hale - 3:25 to 4:58

The layout earned Second Place in the Individual category at the 2016 National Train Show held in Indianapolis, IN.

Layout Updates
Layout Design

Construction on the Blog
Layout Update Mondays