Layouts - Operations


The following is a listing as of today of the operations layouts that will be on tour during the Orange Blossom Special:

As soon as we get more layouts we will publish them here.


Non-Rail Clinics


Included Clinics:


Build a floating locket, necklace or earrings

Clinician: Annette Palmer

In this clinic you will be able to make your own floating locket or earrings or a regular necklace. I will provide all materials needed. There is no charge for this clinic. Just come and have some fun making something you would like to wear.



Sand Art clinic

Clinician: Annette Palmer

Come and join us to make your very own sand art. These make nice decorations or make wonderful gifts.
You will have a choice of different size and shapes of containers to make your own art. We will supply all of the items needed for you to take home your very own creation(s). 
We will have some small artificial flowers and plants if you want to make a terrarium like the one picture. Come and have some fun. This clinic is free to anyone who would like to join us.

The Texas & Viejo Western RR Railroad

Morrie Fleischman

  • Style: Freelance
  • Era: 1945-1958
  • Scale: HO
  • Size: 15 1/2' x 14'
  • % Benchwork and Track: 100%
  • % Scenery: 95%
  • Control: DCC
  • Access: Garage layout no steps
  • Parking: On street parking is available


The Texas and Viejo Western is a 15 ½ foot by 14 foot multi-level Freelance HO garage layout. The layout uses code 100 nickel silver track with mostly Atlas switches.  The major railroads run are Missouri Pacific and Santa Fe and the era is from 1945 to 1958 or so, which allows both steam and diesel to be the motive power. The Easy DCC or EVP system operates the layout. While locations on the layout have real town names like Phoenix and Tucson, they are not modeled in detail as the names were established after the layout was designed to make operations easier. While the initial design was not developed with operations in mind, several sidings and industrial areas were added for switching and to facilitate operating sessions.


Gary & Sandy Railroad

Gary Butts

  • Style: Freelance
    California Sierra Mountain Foothills
  • Era: 1890-1920
  • Scale: HO
  • Size: 12' x 10'
  • % Benchwork and Track: 100%
  • % Scenery
  • Control: DCC
  • Access: Two small steps
  • Parking: Street parking


The G & S RR is a completely free-lance railroad set somewhere in the 1890-1920’s. The location for the layout setting is somewhere in the California Sierra mountain foothills.

The layout features lighting in most of the buildings and work areas. It has background sounds emanating from the forests, waterfalls, campfires, taverns, workshops, etc. LED indicators show the position of the individual turnouts and since the layout also supports DC operation, the condition of the various track blocks are also shown with LEDs on the control panel.

We are expanding the layout and we aim to have the extension ready in time for the convention tour.


The Mitchell Falls & Staunton Railroad

Morrie & Roberta Fleischman

  • Style: Freelance
  • Era: 1930
  • Scale: F
  • Size: 70' x 10'
  • % Benchwork and Track: 100%
  • % Scenery: 40%
  • Control: DC
  • Access: Through side gate on grass and concrete walk

  • Parking: On street parking is available


The MF&S Railroad is a G Gauge, or F Scale,Garden Railroad that was started in 2013. It is a DC railroad consisting of over 300 feet of track controlled controlled by 2 ControllerMaster 20 transformers and featuring short trains and locomotives with a 1930s era setting. The layout features logging and mining operations with the central feature being a large mountain with a waterfall and pond. This is a joint venture as Morrie runs the railroad and assembles the buildings and Roberta decorates the windows and helps with the people and scenes.