Nashville Layouts

These are descriptions of the layouts on tour during convention week.

Wednesday June 24

HO Scale

Dixie Model Railroad Club
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis

60 X 60 Scenery: 50% DCC Digitrax

Layout is set in the early 1950s but a variety of equipment is operated.

Control system –Digitrax DCC with Railroad & Company signal control.

No smoking, please.

  • The club facility is not handicap accessible.


  • There is a duckunder but a roller chair is available for the assist.
  • Visitors will need to sign a waiver to view the layout.
  • We encourage people to take pictures.


 N Scale

BNSF, Summit Div, NW USA

14' X 28' Scenery: 95% DCC

Bill Strunk's layout era is the 1960 to the present times.

The layout has a double loop w/crossovers on on side and two complete loops around room with two reverse Ys -- features 2 towns several rivers, coal mine, quarry, power plant, elevator and light industry, paper plant, and Summit Division yard, roundhouse , and offices -- several levels w/ 1 1/2 to 2 % grades ,  mountains, high plains desert, towns, and interstate and state highways geographic display.


"G" Scale

Nashville Chattanooga Garden Railroad
100' X 300'  About 60 buildings, Electric, battery/remote  

This is a walk around layout, ouside on the property with 3000 ft of track. Train shed can handel 6 people at a time.

Friday June 26 Tour

Lionel MTH

Chicago 1957

60' X 24' Scenery: %60 City
40% Rural
Lionel Legacy


      Dr. Jack Fisher (plastic surgeon) is something of a legend here in Nashville for his very stunning custom layout built by himself and Kent Cooper, a noted local layout designer/builder. Jack is also known for his excellent modification of Lionel and MTH passenger cars by lowering the bodies of passenger cars to their trucks and also prototypical close coupling of said cars with their diaphragms connecting. He also modifies buildings, accessories and model road vehicles with special detailed lighting. His awesome layout includes a multi-track custom built passenger tarnished that has to be seen in person to fully believe. His outdoor G gauge layout is also quite an achievement. He is a very warm and unpretentious host at his frequent legendary open houses here in Nashville. Jack has also been actively involved in the ongoing restoration of  4-8-4 NC&StL 576, and is a board member of this Nashville steam project. A true gentleman and expert train hobbiest!   

N Scale

The Oakville Sub

3 Rooms

Scenery: 100%


Welcome to Jim Reising's The Oakville Sub – A Different Tehachapi.

Location of the prototype for this layout is Bakersfield to Tehachapi California.

The Oakville Sub is a “proto-lanced” layout – it represents a real area but does not conform to the real thing exactly. Construction began July 2008. The layout was basically complete in April 2010, with occasional additions and refinements continuing to date.

Link to see layout


HO Scale

Lehigh Valley, PA Division

Main train room 36 X 36 Scenery: 00% DCC Digitrax


Mark Nolan 's Large HO scale layout designed for operation.  Car Cards/Waybills.  Will include a future dispatcher/ control panel.  At the time of the convention the layout will have been under construction for about 2 ½ years.  Based on the Lehigh Valley and also includes Reading, Penn Central, Delaware & Hudson, Lehigh & Hudson River, Central New Jersey,  Philadelphia, Bethlehem & new England, Northampton & Bath and Chestnut Ridge Railway.

Double and triple deck layout with separate staging yard in the garage and branch lines in crew lounge.

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