37th National

Narrow Gauge Convention

Aug. 30th - Sept. 2nd, 2017

Denver, Colorado

Marriott Denver

Tech Center Hotel

Joe's Trolley Layout

1:24, Owner Joe Crea


Joe's trolley layout took about six years to construct. The scale is 1:24, and consists of a town scene with an operating streetcar. The buildings are all scratch built, except for one, which was modified. Most have interior details, and there are many, many vehicles of the 1940's and 1950's era. The layout is presented in a low light environment, to simulate dusk. The buildings and billboards are illuminated, as are street lamps and even a few auto headlights. Joe likes vintage signage, and signs on buildings and billboards advertise products and services of the era. The building interiors and other numerous details are easily seen, because of the large scale. Due to lack of availability, a great number of the details were cast in resin and plaster from Joe's patterns or scratch built, such as public mailboxes, trash containers, street signs, etc. The many scale figures are also dressed appropriately for the time.


Joe has kit bashed and scratched two of the three trolleys on the layout. All rail is hand laid on home cut and weathered ties, and extra attention has been paid to the track, street and sidewalk surfaces for added realism. This layout has appeared in Garden Railways magazine and the Short Line & Narrow Gauge Gazette.


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