East Rail 2

Custom Model Railroads

When I built my original East Rail layout, the initial intent was a “proof of concept” test. Specifically, without committing to a large layout to try on modeling the Miami industrial scene for size. By all measures it was a successful test and I went on to build a full size layout based on Miami’s Downtown Spur. Having felt that East Rail had served its purpose, I sold it in 2013. Over the years I began to regret getting rid of it. Ten years later, in early 2023, while working in my photography room in the basement it dawned on me that a replica would fit perfectly in the space. Out of that realization East Rail 2 was launched. I’ve tried to stay true to the original version, especially the iconic canal scene, while making subtle design improvements.

Local Y320, handled by a GP38-2, eases across 35th Avenue in 2006. Beyond the live oaks is Colonial Coffee Roasters. Just out of view to the right is SALCO, the industry being switched. A few years later, SALCO would move several hundred yards to the west.

Overall view of the layout as of February 2024.

Bernie Beavers map of East Rail back in the day. The industry names and locations have changed over the years. SALCO moved from 32nd Avenue to a few blocks away to 59th Street.