Grand Teton Railroad
A Featured Layout on the 2008 Four Club Tour Hosted by the Indiana Large Scale Railroaders Club
In 2015 this railroad ceased operation and in 2016 Ron and Annette moved out of town.
The “Grand Teton Railroad” has 300 feet of track and is based on an area of the Grand Teton Mountains near Jenny Lake Wyoming. A mountain stream is seen running out of the mountain and transverses the railroad in two places. A 12 foot Howe Truss Deck Bridge and 3 girder bridges with trestle bents are all scratch built.
Buildings are scratch built and include a railroad station, a speeder shed, a church (with 1937 Studebaker Funeral Hearse) and a log cabin. Ron’s railroad is divided into 5 blocks, all controlled by DCC Bit Switches. Four separate trains can be controlled automatically. The bit switch system also controls 4 working red and green block signals. Another interesting feature is a highway grade crossing with operating crossing gates, flasher lights and bell. A waterfall flows into the pond. The track support utilizes the HOPE ladder system. A 10′ x 9′ train shed in the backyard is used to store the trains when not in use.
February, 2009 – Ron supplied some additional pictures of the layout.
June 22, 2009 – Ron and Annette’s garden and layout are featured in a story about the Noblesville Preservation Alliance’s June 20 Tour of Gardens in “The Times” newspaper. Photos and story HERE.
Ron, in the yellow shirt right, and Annette, in the yellow shirt left, greeted the Four Club Tour group July, 2008: Jeff Carter Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Ron Loudermilk Photo Jeff Carter Photo Jeff Carter Photo Jeff Carter Photo
By Robert Herrington Managing Editor June 22, 2009 The Times Photos by Robert Herrington Below – The same picture from “The Times” web site:
David Palmeter Photo Above – Ron has also pioneered an operating automobile system for outdoor, large scale modeling. It is shown in action below: