There are heaps of photos and track plans in the Photo Galleries.


The layouts featured span many years of model railroading activity


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About Jims Model Trains

This website is a collection of articles and media about my model railroading efforts over many years, from my early years right up to the current time.

Most of the layouts I have built have been HO scale, and wide variety of scenery, layout sizes and track plans from small continuous run / oval layouts to medium sized point to point and multiple branch line layouts.

This site has a range of layouts and photo galleries. The majority of the content is my own. Where it isn’t I have attributed content to it’s creator.
There is also a railroad blog on the site.





I started model railroading when I was about 7, when I purchased my first model train set, a Lima set. Since then I have built various layouts representing various regions, sometimes with a mixture of regions. In the last 20 or so years, my focus has been on modelling American railroading, and in the last 10 or so years I have narrowed that down to the Chicago region. I am happilly married to a woman who is very tollerant of my constant need to expand my layouts to fill all available space. We have 3 children, although 2 of them are now adult and are following their own career path. For the last 10 years or so I have been a Software Engineer / Web designer / Programmer.




My darling wife. Even though she doesn't actually engage in the hobby of model railroading, and hasn't really been actively involved in this website, without her support and encouragement throughout our married life many of the layouts I have built would not have eventuated, and this website probably wouldn't have either. She is a Domestic Engineer, Financial Controller, Human Resources Manager and Spacial Co-Ordinator of the highest order - in other words, she is a mother and housewife. She also works part time in the area of Customer Service.