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Layouts At A Glance
Brown = HO scale double decker
Pink - N scale DCC
Green - Lionel
Orange S scale
Blue - Kids layout
Dark green - N scale DC
Other areas for railroad antiques
To see photos and descriptions of the old layout, click here
The original Sheboygan & Western developed into one of the largest and advanced model railroads in the Midwest, employing state of the art technology. Additional features were continually being added. That layout has been dismantled very carefully, preserving as much as was possible. Fortunately we have lots of photos to remember it by. Seven layouts with many of the same features have risen from the ashes. The HO layout is double decker with a Helix. Currently under construction are 7 layouts all together in 6 different scales.
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Updated: Sunday, January 1, 2017
Scale: HO, N, O, S, G, & Z
Size: 34 X 41 feet - Walk in design
Theme: Appalachia to West Coast
Period: Steam to Modern
Track height: 36" to 58"
Aisle space 48" minimum
Bench work: L girder & Sievers
Roadbed: Homasote on ¾" plywood on HO, 1/2" plywood on N scale layouts with cork or foam roadbed
Track: Atlas code 100 and Micro Engineering code 70 & 83. Code 55 on N scale
Minimum curve radius: 50" on mainlines, 36" in industrial areas. Down to 15" radius on N scale, 9" on Z scale
Length of mainline runs: up to 1650ft
Maximum grade: 1.5% on Mainlines, 2.5% on branches, 1.5% in Helix
Scenery construction: hard-shell, foam core, & screen wire with plaster
Control: Digitrax DCC on HO scale layout. Four boosters with a number of sub-districts. Computer dispatch center which also controls APB signaling and automatic train operation. More than 50 signals around the layouts. Other layouts use conventional power. HO layout is divided into 84 detection zones for use with Railroad & Co. software.
Continuous automatic loop operation for open houses - point to point operation during sessions.
Locomotives: 150+ steam and diesel, from early 1900s to present.
Rolling Stock: 1000+ passenger and freight cars, various eras, most owned by the Society. Metal wheelsets on all.
"ON THE GO"