Nashville Area Layouts

Anybody wanting additional information about the pre- and post-convention tours can send an email to  

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The Nashville Garden Railway Society has a selection of detailed layouts you will be able to tour. On your tours you will see layouts running diesel, steam, and live-steam. The area has layouts with amazing hand-carved rock tunnels and retaining walls, numerous creative elevated track layouts, ground level garden environments, detailed indoor layouts, a botanical garden layout, and even a layout with over 2,000 feet of track – and still growing larger before 2021!

The layout information below is from members who have confirmed for NGRC 2021.  More info should be available soon...  

Tuesday Layouts: Preliminary Info
Wednesday Layouts: Preliminary Info
Thursday Layouts: Preliminary Info


Pre- and Post- Convention Tours/Layouts

Numerous clubs have been in contact with us… The following information is current as of 05-09-2021.


Confirmed layouts for Tuesday...

Johnson layouts   

Outside "Evergreen Railroad", Inside “Small Town USA”
  • Many layouts are at this location!  One indoor, one outdoor from the Johnson's as well as a friend's layout by Mr. Ethridge – all are large-scale.

Johnson Image - 2 wide

The Outside layout is one of the newest layout in the club.  (It will be 20 months at the convention.)  The layout is 10x60 feet and has numerous live plants.  The DCC layout uses 140 feet of brass track.  Numerous buildings and figures will be on the layout as well as a 10’ tunnel and a 7’ bridge. (Rumor is this layout is growing larger!)

The Inside layout is an 18x20 foot layout inspired by a 1960’s small town, similar to what you would have found throughout the USA.  Hundreds of vehicles, figures, and lights show tons of details throughout the layout.  Street lights are all working traffic lights, and many areas have sound effects with built in push-buttons.  Five bridges and plenty of buildings show tons of detail.  Numerous settings/scenes throughout including a classic car show, a band playing at the park, mechanics working at the shop, a stubborn Southern Baptist church, and plenty of other creative ideas.  Of course, you will also be surprised by the disappearing tunnel.  This layout has 150 feet of brass track and uses DCC.


Ethridge layout  

"Walter's Midway"
  • This layout is located at the Johnson home listed above, so there are many layouts at this location.

From Walter... "This layout was built by my very best friend Carter Johnson at his house. I never had a chance to have an outdoor layout. When I got out of the Air Force, I worked at a local amusement park in Nashville called Fair Park. I was the manager of the roller coaster for three years and this layout with all of the rides takes me back to the times when I smiled and laughed at other people having fun because of something I did. The layout has 140 feet of track and is track powered. At the amusement park, there are 14 animated attractions and 4 which are unanimated. 

Image hopefully coming soon...


Black Family Layout
Ain’t Misbehavin’ RailRoad

This layout includes over 1500 feet of track (and will be over 2000 feet by convention time), designed for elevated rail using battery and/or track power.  The layout includes a pond, live fish and plenty of scratch built buildings as well as kit buildings.  

Black Layout 3-Wide

There are two main lines on this sprawling layout.  Two bridges and over 60 buildings showcase what you can do with elevated rail. 

Bamburg Layout
Tennessee & Virginia RR

This layout was designed to represent southeastern Virginia and Tennessee and is an elevated rail layout.  It uses DC track power and is a folded dogbone design.  20x50 feet at present with 500 feet of brass track.  The layout has about 15 buildings and some live plants, and was designed to be easy to maintain. 

Bamburg - 3 wide

This layout has grown and now has a second inside loop that is roughly 15x35 feet.  The layout regularly has D&RGW, MW, and Southern trains running – and just about anything else the owner fancies.  This layout uses an elevated rail system and an in-ground design.


Fiddler's Grove

Fiddler's Grove will have trains, food available for purchase (food is included only with bus tours) and is the location for a small train museum.  This location is inside the Fiddler's Grove Historical Village, where the organization focuses on preserving the local history/heritage.

This area and layout was damaged by the Tornado's that came through TN in early Spring of 2020.  We will update you as soon as possible on features.  The lunch event will start sometime around 12pm with a catered meal.  (Again, tickets are required for the meal.)

To see more info on the Historical Village, please see

More info coming


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Confirmed layouts for Wednesday...

Jungst Layout
J2A Railroad

This layout is agriculture themed and has a 7 and 24 foot long trestle.  Modern diesels tend to run most often.

Jungst Layout - 3 wide

This layout is track powered and is mostly a loop design.  Numerous scratch-built structures can be found and this layout has an extensive use (more than 50) of live plants.  35x22 feet in size at present using 223 feet of brass track. 


Miller Layout
Nashville Chattanooga Garden Railroad

This layout is a freelance layout with over 1800 feet of track, and growing larger before the convention!  The layout runs steam, live steam and diesel locos and has more than 60 buildings. 

Miller Layout - 4 wide

The layout blends elevated rail and track laid in the ground to showcase the best of both options.  Numerous trees dot the landscape, as well as signal crossings and bridges.  The turntable has plenty of space for trains and has a siding that runs trains into a true trainshed for storing trains and gear.

(As of yet, we do not have a way to get an image of the entire layout.  We estimate the layout to be 100x300 feet – but that is likely to be too small.)

Rea Layout
Nameless Victorian Industrial/Estate Railway

This layout is a Victorian era light railway using British and American prototype two-foot gauge equipment.  (One key difference is the track gauge, as coarse O gauge track (32mm gauge) is used to model 2’ gauge prototypes, so the scale is 16mm to the foot, SM32 or 1:19 scale.)  While very uncommon in the US, this scale/gauge combination has a well-established following and support in Great Britain going back to the 1930s. 

This is the fourth garden railway the owner has built.  The line is built on elevated pressure treated lumber and commercial Peco (UK) SM32 Streamline trackwork was used.  The results are a 60-foot circuit with a minimum radius of 48 inches, a single passing siding and a locomotive steam-up bay and pit to prepare and “fire” the locomotives.  This layout is a very hands-on operation of live steam trains. 

Johnson Image - 2 wide

Heald layout 
Colorado Memory

This layout represents Colorado narrow gauge railroads of the 1880-1930’s. 

Heald Layout 3 wide

Many small towns and a trestle grace this railroad that uses track power to cover its 50x50 footprint.  Numerous scratch-built buildings, stations, and a bridge can be seen.  The layout uses roughly 350 feet of brass track.  This layout uses elevated rail.

Hussing layout 
"Petrified Creek Railroad"

Site preparation started in the fall of 2020 with large rock placements and the construction of a 3-foot retaining wall across the 80-foot front. The design is a basic folded dog bone with an additional outer loop and a couple of spurs to mining and logging operations. A narrow-gauge design at 20.3 scale, it will feature approximately 800-feet of Llagas Creek Code 250 aluminum track stretched across a rectangular area of about 80’ X 28’. The inner loop has a slight elevation change with a maximum grade of 3% that enables this mainline to fold over itself and will feature a long curved trestle at the elevated end of the dog bone. A small creek runs through the center of this rock filled area giving the opportunity for numerous bridges of wooden truss designs. Initial design will be for electric rail power, but moving toward RC battery power operation in the near future. Motive power is primarily steam era with geared locos (Shay and Climax) working the logging and mining areas and larger Consolidation a K-27 locomotives run on the mainlines.

We hope to have an image posted soon...

Tn Central RailRoad Museum, #576 Steam Restoration & Layouts

This location is where the Nashville Steam Preservation Society has loco #576 in restoration.  You will have a chance to see this loco, though we do not have updated information on the state the loco will be in at the time of the visit.  Some guided tours will be available for the bus travelers.

The Stripe #576, 3-wide

For more info on the loco preservation, see


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Confirmed layouts for Thursday...

Webb layout 
"West Franklin Short Line"

The railroad is on a raised bed and encompasses a little over 350 feet of track. The track is wired in blocks, which are controlled by a switch panel Larry built and two Bridgewerks power supplies. The railroad is in a L shape with the largest width is approximately 25 feet and with a length of 45 feet. There is a 14-foot curved wooden trestle, a 5-foot-long curved chord truss, one deck girder bridge, one through truss bridge and another trestle that carries two tracks for about ten feet. A highlight is the artificial rock work, which Larry crafted and painted on site. A number of buildings are scratch built, and have been on the railroad for many years. Many dwarf plants, some which are over 20 years old, are on this layout. The railroad is lighted for night time operations using period lighting.

- We hope to post images soon...

Anderson Layout
Copperline Railroad

Built in the summer of 1999, the Copperline Railroad has about 100 feet of track powered brass rail. The layout has a waterfall and pond with a bridge that crosses over the stream from the waterfall to the pond. This layout has a high level of details in the scenes. Three locomotives have been converted to battery power to give additional flexibility in running trains. In 2019, a patio and pavilion were added in the center of the layout.

Anderson Layout, 2-wide


Veach Layout
"Veachwood Express Railroad"

The Veachwood Express railroad has 185 feet of brass track and meanders around Ruth Ann’s flower and herb garden, a koi pond, and Bobby’s practice putting green. On the layout is a 16-foot-long bridge along with four feet of cribbing. Structures on the railroad have been scratch-built out of cedar and pressure treated wood.

- We hope to have images soon... 

Fisher Layouts
"GB&J Railroad" and "___"
  • Two layouts are at this location!  One outdoor large-scale, one indoor O-Scale.  These layouts will only be accessible via bus tours.  There will be no listing of this address in the convention book.  

Fisher Layouts, 4-wide

The outdoor large-scale layout uses DC track power and is roughly 25x55 feet in size.  This layout has numerous hand-carved rock tunnel portals and the rock layout/bed retaining wall, made without mortar in the old-fashioned tradition by a stone mason/craftsman flow in from Europe.  This layout is designed for low maintenance and has numerous decade old trees carefully manicured.  Numerous hand built trestles and tunnels give you a great view of trains from all angles.

The indoor layout is a fantastic O-Scale layout housing almost the entire basement level of the home.  Multiple home additions were made to house this layout, including a special multiple trip project for the power company to build the infrastructure needed!  Thousands of building lights and tons of time and effort went in to every detail of this layout.   Hundreds, If not a thousand, of buildings were placed on this layout with numerous special figures, characters, and some one-of-a-kind locos as well.  Scratch built buildings are the norm.  Numerous interior and lighting details make this layout a spectacular must-see.


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