St. Marys Railroad Museum displays feature three model layouts, a life-sized vignette of an old railroad telegraph office and numerous artifacts including a 100-year-old steam train whistle, lanterns, Pullman Company spittoon, mail hook, vintage railroad company books and logs, and much more.

N Gauge Layout

N scale appeared on the commercial market in Germany in 1962. It spread in popularity worldwide, becoming the most popular scale, second only to HO gauge. Rail spacing on N gauge is only 3.5 mm.

As with any railroad, we will be presenting many locomotives and rolling stock. On any given trip to view this layout, one can expect to see freight trains pulled by a double header GP-40, or even a Dual Sante Fe super chief “f” unit, as well as passenger trains such as the Alaska railroad McKinley explorer or an old steam train with classic Pullman coaches, just like Grandpa used to ride in.

N Gauge Layout
HO Scale

HO Gauge Layout

HO scale is the most popular gauge in use today by hobbyists. Known as the “true modeler’s gauge” HO is by far the most detailed of all the model trains. Gauged at 16.5 mm, it is 1:87 ratio compared to standard gauge which is 4ft 8.5 inches.

Our HO Gauge layout was started by our beloved friend and fellow train enthusiast David Shaw. David was a veteran model railroader. The layout is on permanent loan to the museum from the Shaw family and it is the cornerstone of our museum.

The layout depicts a mountain railroad out west. Watch as our coal train travels up, around, and through 2 different mountains, and crosses a wooden trestle that spans the valley below. This layout is the most detailed of all our projects in the museum.

G Gauge Layout

G Gauge is a size of model railroad that is 45 mm between rails and developed in 1968 for indoor and outdoor use. Some of the more common uses of G gauge includes mounting it on a shelf to go around a room or mounting it outside in the garden. This type of garden railroading has grown very popular within the last 10 years.

Our G Gauge layout demonstrates an example of an outdoor garden railroad. The largest display in the museum, the theme is an eerie swamp. Along with the 2 loops of track, people will see snakes, moss, alligators, and even the guys from Duck Dynasty hanging around the swamp. Look out for the spooky mountain tunnel, as Batman may just be lurking at the top.

An added bonus to our layout is a third inner loop of Lionel O Gauge. Known as the true collector’s gauge, Lionel has been around for over 100 years. Currently running on our O scale is the New York Central Flyer steamer with 3 freight cars.We hope you enjoy our large display and will consider putting a garden railroad in your own flower bed or tomoatoe patch back home.

G Scale

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