Started in 1964 by three model railroad buffs who began meeting to construct an HO gauge layout. One founding member vacated a storage room at the rear of his garage, a furnace was added so they could work in the winter, and work began...three nights per week! By the mid 70's growing pains necessitated a new 20' x 36' building, and the layout was moved. Another addition was added in the mid 1980's. In early 1990, and continuing, the club began round robin meetings at various members houses to assist all members in building their own model railroad empires.
Welcome to the Amherst Junction Short Line Railroad
In 2001, the Amherst Junction Short Line moved to its new location, a 24’x 52’ two story building. Seven individual operating layouts connected by a 16 ring, 6’ diameter helix that moves the train to and from the various layouts and between the two floors. This super detailed, museum quality layout includes -
Lionelville: a 12’ x 17’ SuperStreets layout: with 31 lighted buildings, 57 operating street lights, operating stop lights, 300 figures, 95 vehicles, and 23 visitor operated animations.
Princess Tracy’s Fantasyland, a 12’ x 28’ layout with 17 visitor operated animations from Lionel, MTH, Disney, and Coaster Dynamics. There are over 300 figures and 125 operating lights. Two DisneyWorld monorails and Thomas the Tank Engine make sure that visitors get to the various corners of the park.
Other features include a custom built 5’ curved wooden trestle, the Seven Dwarf’s Gold and Diamond mine, a 55’ subway with four stations running beneath the City of Amherst, and 5’ high mountains concealing the helix and a spiral staircase to the second floor.