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Larry Shughart's / Jose Lizarraga's Layout


Northern Florida Railway - Layout Construction

The room is 67' x 37'. The layout has a three-foot wide maintenance aisle around the four walls. Each wall has a six-inch shelf to display buildings and hold the back drops.

The main tables are assembled from Seivers Benchwork from Wisconsin. Table tops are 1/2" plywood with 1/2" Homasote. Grades and elevations employ the cookie-cutter method. Mountains are Hydrocal on window screen. Collections are displayed on Glenn Snyder Display Shelves.

The layout uses three 1,000-watt buck-and-boost transformers; one each for lights, accessories, and trains. The Lionel Legacy control system has been adapted so each sections of the layout can be operated independently from the remote control. Each section can be set to operate AC, DC, or TMCC locomotives.


The Northern Florida Railway S Gauge Display

The layout is designed to be a whimsical tour of America. No scene is specifically modeled to represent an exact location. Rather, the viewer should recognize and relate to their own life experiences. The journey travels from the plains, across the Midwest, into a busy Eastern city, skirts the Appalachians, and terminates in Florida.

There are over 50 bridges on the layout carrying highways, trains, and pedestrians. Bridge makers include Colber, Lionel, American Flyer, Authenticast, Marx, Junior Bridge, and homemade.

The walls include the American Flyer Train-O-Rama, panels by Skyline, Aeroplane, Walthers, Scenic Express, a hand painted mountain by Clara, and several unknown manufacturers. HO structures and flats by Cat's Meow and Sheila's are intermixed to create interest and depth.


Track Design

The layout consists of four mainline loops and the main freight yard. The four loops can be switched together to form one continuous loop with the trains being separated by an automatic block system. The trolley shuttle, mountain top railroad, the Disney World train, and the Tyco trucking set combine with other accessories to make a visual cacophony of motion.

The track is American S Gauge code 172 with nickel silver rails along with some S helper flex track. The main yard is recycled rail laid on a mixture of wood and plastic ties. There are 16 switches on the upper two loops, 24 switches on the lower two loops, 20 switches in the lower level of Union Station, and 23 switches in the main freight yard.

Freight service track capacity

Union Station track capacity


Over 500 Buildings

Many different buildings and structures from a large number of manufactures have always been available for use on toy train layouts. In the real-world buildings are all constructed at different times, are made from different materials, are in various states of paint and repair, and come in all sizes and shapes. The North Florida Railway mixes and matches structures from every decade from the 1920's to the present. The different makers, materials, and scales create a realistic randomness. There are at least 25 churches, 25 train stations, 15 diners and 10 gas stations.


S Gauge Layout Building Inventory

Manufacturer Materials Number
American Flyer Metal, Wood, Plastic 56
AF by Colber Metal 10
AF by Mini-Craft Wood 14
Lionel Plastic, Steel, Litho 33
Marx Litho, Plastic 18
Skyline Litho, Cardboard 27
Tinytown Cardboard 6
Pop-up Houses Cardboard 12
Scratch Built Cardboard 7
Leroy Wood, Cardboard 10
Ertl Plastic 18
Lollipop Houses Litho 5
Department 56 Ceramic 32
Other Ceramic Ceramic 10
Plasticville/Littletown Plastic 66
Dime store Houses Cardboard/Mica 50
Other Kits Plastic 30
Other Various 25


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