The Jackson and Carriton Railroad is a fictional railway in the mountains of West Virginia in the U.S.
This Z scale (1:220) model railroad is approximately 90cm x 150cm. It is primarily constructed of expanded polystyrene foam board, carved into landforms and topped with Sculptamold modeling medium and plaster rock castings.
The layout is divided into two scenes. One side models Autumn, with yellow, orange and red trees built individual from dried flower stems, pillow fiber and ground foam ‘leaves’. This side of the layout is about 50% complete now.
The other side of the layout will depict a Winter scene. Currently, a base layer of Sculptamold and white paint has been applied. But this will be followed with a smooth layer of hydrocal to represent snow drifts, and all will be covered with Woodland Scenics snow powder.
The main feature of the layout are the bridge crossings. This stone arch bridge was cut in place from expanded foam. Then I applied styrene sheet embossed with a concrete block pattern. And finally, I added styrene pieces to represent the detail in the stone arches. The bridge is approximately 90 scale meters long, and will require180 meters of fine Z scale handrails to complete it.
Rolling stock on the layout is from Micro Trains Line and American Z Line. The track is made by Micro Train Lines as well. Most of the structures on the layout are cardstock kits from CustomZScale, with some additional details applied.
Trains are now running on the Jackson and Carriton, but there is still much more scenery to complete. The layout is designed for portability – so I can transport it to model train shows. I’m looking forward to displaying it when it is completed and modeling shows resume again.

Jackson and Carriton Railroad


Thomas Catalano 

Work Time 

I have been working on it in my spare time for over 3 years! I only do a little bit each month though, so going very slowly. I would estimate that I have invested about 150 hours into construction of the layout so far.


Various kit 


Scale Z 1:220


Railway Modeling


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