The Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club’s HO layout covers an area of 8 feet by 40 feet built on modular tables. Club members have created scenery with industry, agriculture, small towns and cities. There are three mainlines and one industrial loop with numerous sidings and spurs for delivering cars to various industries, the Railway Express Agency and a passenger station. Some club members run European trains so we also have a German scene. Scenery is an ongoing project, but like in real life, the trains have the right of way. The track is powered by a Digitrax DCC System. Members can bring their locomotives and cars or use our club equipment. Guests are welcome.
Our N scale layout is 24 feet by 3 feet. The layout features a double track main line that stretches about 19 feet. A ground level traction streetcar loop operates within the main line. An additional electrified elevated loop operates over the industrial and urban sections of the layout. It also serves various passenger stations. The urban / industrial sections offer extensive switching opportunities, passing sidings, small yards and engine facilities, including an operating turntable serving a round house.
The Club’s O scale layout is approximately 18 feet by 7 feet with 4 separate loops which can be operated independently or together with several interconnecting switches. There are also two sidings and a transition line between the raised level and the lower level. A reversing loop is also available so that trains can be turned around without removing them from the tracks. Landscaping is constantly in progress as ideas and time are available. Lionel O27, O scale, LionChief and MTH engines can operate on the layout. Our club has a variety of engines and rolling stock which run on the layout and members frequently run their own personal equipment. We also welcome visitors to bring in their equipment to run on our tracks.
The club also has a traveling sectional three loop layout approximately 19 feet by 9 feet which has been set up at our spring and fall shows at the State Fair Grounds and at other venues when asked.
The S scale is a model railroad scale (1:64). The gauge, which is the distance between rails, is 7/8 in.
The G scale is the largest model railroad scale. The gauge, which is the distance between rails, is 45 mm or 1.75 in. Due to its size, you will often find this layout outdoors.
Our Lego Train Layout is a favorite among kids and many adults new to model railroading.
Like our LEGO Layout, our THOMAS layout is a favorite among children and has been put on display in several nursing homes for the enjoyment of the residents.
This is a 40″ x 78″ small portable layout which is packed with Thomas the Tank Engine and many of his friends from the popular British TV show. Travel to the island of Sodor to find Thomas, his coaches Annie and Clarabell, and many other characters. The layout may be small, but it has a large run for these trains, in addition to an authentic British feel with factories, houses, a passenger station, and a train yard to keep the trains busy.
The layout uses many building kits from England, including very realistic paper and cardboard models as mentioned in the article on our newsletter page “Why I build paper models” by Michael Irwin.