Experience the excitement of model railroading!
Visiting the layout is a great way for kids to learn about the history and evolution of railroads in America
The power, drama and history of American railroading comes to life again in miniature in the largest O-gauge (Lionel-size) layout in Southern California. On our extensive layout you may see passenger and freight trains from many different railroads from the late 1930’s to the present day. Follow them racing through road crossings with blinking wig-wag signals, chugging past farms, small towns and industrial areas, traversing mountains, bridges and canyons, and pulling into stations to take passengers and freight from one part of the country to another.
Nearly 2,000 square foot layout with a remote-control powered turntable, animated buildings, container ship, trestles, and more!
Our layout is a large “out-and-back” convoluted oval consisting of a primary and secondary mainline, plus an upper level loop supported by a multi-track staging yard and a through-yard midway through the layout. See our five-stall, scratch-built roundhouse and machine shop (where “sparks fly” from a grinder wheel). In the harbor area you’ll encounter a replica container ship, warehouses, “old town” buildings and a working amusement park.
Watch trains navigate the trestles and bridges on the high line and emerge from dark tunnels with headlights glowing.
Up to ten trains can be run simultaneously using handheld remote controls. Future plans include a narrow-gauge logging railroad and lumber camp as well as many more interesting scenes.
Interactive displays you can operate
Push the buttons to activate the two-story brick firehouse, McDonald’s, Mel’s Diner, a car wash and a 1950’s Sinclair gas station.
Get up close and see the details
Our layout is constructed so there are aisles between the different sections for easy viewing of trains, buildings and scenery. TIP: You’ll see much more of the details if you fill out the “Can You Find?” form – found on the table across from the main entrance.