Karl Andrews, a retired electrical engineer, put his trade to good use when he built his multi-level O gauge layout. He created many custom-built animations and operating accessories, including an impressive station that receives and transfers coal. Between the custom rotary dumper to the auger pipe bringing coal to a building, there's action in every corner. Sound effects include helicopters, loggers sawing wood, and the summer sounds of an ice cream truck.
Larry Poland started in postwar, then prewar, then finally Standard gauge. His dream layout includes trains past a yard, a tinplate army barracks, a downtown area and a coal mine. Another train circles an American Flyer mountain tunnel and a trolley shuttles people between the city and the carnival. Larry has many originals in his collection, but prefers to run reproductions controlled by MTH's DCS system. Orginal accessories include the 444 Roundhouse Section, 114 Station, 129 Terrace Platform, and the 840 Power Station.
John Coy, his wife Connie, and their friends built Glacier Line, a point-to-point O gauge layout running from Shelby to Whitefish, Montana. This big display runs along the perimeter of a 1,300 square-foot basement. Many Great Northern locomotives head freight and passenger cars through towns, historical areas, and over a 400-foot scale long bridge standing over 60 scale feet high. The backdrops include many trees and mountainous regions which capture Montana's natural beauty. If you can't make it to Montana, this might just be the next best thing.