Facebook Page
Badgerland S Gaugers Module Program
Click here to return to BSG home page



OWNER: Gary Otto
LAYOUT TYPE: Single Level with four mains walk around
RAIL CODE: Code 215 American Flyer rail on all mains and sidings
POWERED BY: AC on all four mains with each having individual controls using 3 30B

Nested in a dedicated portion of his basement is the Planes, Trains, and Cranes room which yields the PT&CRR. The basement was dedicated to the railroad in 1990 when the house was purchased. The railroad is comprised of a massive collection of American Flyer accessories on custom build track-work in the center of the room. Gary collected and traded Flyer as he traveled back and forth between Southern Wisconsin and Atlanta Georgia. Gary's love for Flyer came in his youth with an American Flyer Atlantic set that he displays in a showcase at the entrance to the room. As a youth he played with his trains as well as sharing excitement with a neighbor friend who owned a Lionel set. As most of the typical childhood toys, this set was boxed and stored to open again some day in the future. It would then emerge with returned excitement for his family at Christmas by surrounding the tree with memories for Gary and a renewed excitement for others. 

The PT&CRR table is approximately 7 feet wide by 15 feet long, give or take a siding extension or a cutout for passing viewers. The bench work is built solid with buss wires running around the table under each set of rails. there are accessory wires under the table as well powered by their own 30B transformer which allows the speed of the accessories to be throttled. The layout can run four trains at the same time each having their own throttles. The buttons for the accessories surround the outside with easy reach for children. The center track houses the rocket launcher activator and when pushed we go to war as five rockets try to take out the ceiling lights and the Goodyear Blimp that is capturing everything on film I am sure. All of the accessories work and are designed for little fingers and imagination. There is a very nice sound system called Sounder Station that utilizes diesel and steam sound with a multitude of other sounds that emit from a surround sound speaker system built into the walls.

Also in the basement is a small two level 027 Lionel three rail railroad which was the first railroad to create the smoke scent for seasoning the walls. In the other corner is a G scale Thomas with his two passenger cars. Above the layout is a Hallmark Christmas bulb display that also has a train a couple cars running around inside.

gary2.jpg (149101 bytes) Web PICT0003.jpg (154964 bytes) Web PICT0004.jpg (138027 bytes)
Web PICT0005.jpg (142903 bytes) Web PICT0006.jpg (142542 bytes) Web PICT0008.jpg (117768 bytes) Web PICT0009.jpg (103881 bytes)
Web PICT0010.jpg (109637 bytes) Web PICT0011.jpg (128978 bytes) Web PICT0012.jpg (99783 bytes) Web PICT0013.jpg (113241 bytes)
Web PICT0014.jpg (135340 bytes) Web PICT0016.jpg (122371 bytes) Web PICT0017.jpg (106897 bytes)
Web PICT0020.jpg (94310 bytes) Web PICT0021.jpg (138825 bytes) Web PICT0022.jpg (116990 bytes) Web PICT0023.jpg (140260 bytes)

Home - Why S - Hirail - Scale - Module - Accessories - About us 

Shows & EventsTrade & Sale - Join - Hints & Tips - Members info  - Links

For comments on, change request, or questions  send E-Mail Message to the Webmaster
All information contained on this site is 1999 - 2006 Badgerland S Gaugers, unless otherwise credited.
The views and opinions expressed in the Badgerland S Gaugers WWW Pages are those of the contributor, unless otherwise credited, and do not necessarily represent that of the club it's officers, directors, or the membership. The Badgerland S Gaugers do not offer any warranties, guarantees, nor assume any liability from the information contained on or referenced from this site.