Jeff MacDonald’s High Plains Route

Mail trains with correct cars sweeping around generous curves and realistic scenery is a hallmark of Jeff MacDonald’s High Plains Route. As the name suggests, trains rolling along these Midwest prairie scenes may be led by Rock Island, Burlington, Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific, and Santa Fe locomotives. Jeff places an emphasis on passenger trains.
Well executed backdrops and lighting give visitors the impression they are looking miles beyond the tracks. Balancing the scenery of open spaces is a nicely sized downtown of superbly detailed buildings with surprises in every window and down every alley. The High Plains Route does provide sidings to spot freight cars. The brewery is particularly impressive.

Jeff has been a diehard O scaler since the 1970s. This is his fourth (and, arguably, best) layout. From benchwork and backdrops to track, structures, and rolling stock, this layout represents the refined talents of a skilled modeler who is ready to share a railroad that showcases the best of O scale.

This is the second High Plains Route, built after a retirement move to Colorado in 2008. It represents a 45 year commitment to O scale and a lifelong interest in railroads. The layout is approximately 27 by 27 feet with a city scene, engine servicing facility, yards and a staging area off the main room.  The  most unique feature is a main line that goes through the house crawl space allowing continuous running without having to take up a lot of real estate with curves in the main layout room.