John Travis, MMR's Johnstown and Gerryville (HO)

Pilgrimage Pioneer Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
John Travis, MMR

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 9:00am

Important Note: For 2020, there will be no "open house", in-person layout tours.  All Piedmont Pilgrimage tours will be "virtual", video-only tours.

Layout Description:

Large basement layout featuring 2 levels with valance lighting using fluorescent bulbs and LEDs for buildings and yard lights. Features include: beautiful scenery providing a realistic setting for operation; the CTC Signal System is Dispatcher controlled to keep traffic moving; two staging yards, realistic animation and five towns provide lots of operating interest; Digitrax DCC controls the trains; antique telephones are used for communications; and several contest winning structures make this a great layout. The newest features include our scratch built 2 stall Trolley Barn, custom  sound effects and the city of Gerryville with 20 detailed buildings.  There are over 150 LED lights used throughout the layout.  Our crew also uses the new WiFi Throttle.  Appeared in the April 2018 Model Railroader magazine.


Size: 42' X 13'
Prototype: Influences of Pennsylvania Railroad
Locale: Western Pennsylvania
Era: 1953
Layout Style: Walk around
Len. Mainline: 240
Layout Height: 42" & 58"
Benchwork: L-girder
Roadbed: Cork and homasote
Trackwork: Code 100 flextrack
Turnouts: Shinohara & Peco
Min. Radius: 30"
Maximum Grade: 2.5%
Scenery: 100% complete
Backdrop: Fully painted with clouds & hills
Controls: Digitrax DCC train control with signals controlled by PC Dispatcher System.
Wheelchair Accessible No