Louisiana, Texas & Pacific Railroad

Indoor Division

o_scale_king The Indoor Division of the Louisiana, Texas & Pacific Railroad is the O scale layout of Gordon and James Payne, father and son. Utilizing some components from previous layouts, the current facility features scale 1:48 locomotives and rolling stock representing favorite mainline fallen flags from the greater New Orleans region, especially Southern Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Kansas City Souther, and the Sourthern Railway. Passenger equipment honors classic southern trains such as the Daylight, the Argonaut, the Belle, the Rebel, and the Crescent. The route features a 54 to 58" radius version of Tehachepi Loop, including a 35' passing siding. Mainline passenger and freight movements traverse the layout through 6 mainline blocks, crossing 8 mainline switches, passing a 16-stall roundhouse, a diesel shop, 6 freight yard tracks, and 8 passenger station tracks. The layout uses conventional DC power and includes both upper and lower storage yards for idled trains. The Indoor Divison room also features an affiliated N Scale layout, conveniently tucked in underneath the O scale benchwork.

O Scale Memories

For those model railroaders who grew with their hobby in the 1950s and 1960s, names like Lobaugh, Central Locomotive Works, All Nation, Kemtron and Walthers were sources of models, kits, material, supplies and more. The Louisiana, Texas and Pacific Railroad O scale layout had its beginnings in the 1970s, when Walthers and All Nation were still around, but new names like AHM and Atlas were on the hobby shop shelves.

ltp_indoor_atlas My first O scale 2-rail locomotive was an Atlas WDT six-wheel diesel switcher that I got by mail in 1973. After playing with my Lionel sets for a couple of years, the Atlas WDT was an amazing scale model, with small flanges, slow speeds (relatively speaking) and 2-rail running. Now more than 40 years old, the WDT is still part of my collection and it still runs.

ltp_indoor_john I followed up with an Atlas F9. Several Atlas plastic cars were in the mix, along with some Atlas track and switches. I was hooked by the size, smoothness, detail and sound of O scale as represented by Atlas. All the models were produced by Roco in Austria, with great quality (if not the best design - a discussion for other times) and durability. Most of the cars and even some of the track is still in use.

As these web pages on the LT&P O scale layout develop, Ralph and I will look into some of the history of O scale as it relates to our personal journeys. Ralph and I share many similar interests and perhaps the most important guide on this journey, Ralph's dad John.

John was what I always thought of as a well-rounded train fan. He liked to ride real trains, to model, to attend shows, and to host our monthly Southeast Louisiana Model Railroad Club meetings and run sessions. John's influence is all over the LT&P, in both the O scale layout and in the riding railroad. I will remind readers of this as these pages grow.

Gordon Payne, July 2017


It's easy to mock model railway enthusiasts as the dull cousin of train spotters, but the truth is that attics and spare rooms across the nation are filled with small buildings and model engines. So what is it about the guilty pleasure of building tiny tracks and watching tiny trains zip around them that is so appealing?

Mike Hughes is the Marketing Director for the British branch of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA). He believes that constructing model railway tracks is a "hobby that transcends generations" and encourages people to nurture a wide range of skills as problem solvers.

"It's a complete range of skills," says Hughes, 68. "You can begin by researching the different railways and trains, and then of course a great deal of skill goes into the planning. Woodworking skills are required to lay the track and then electrical skills to successfully install all the wiring. You improve your artistic and modelling skills as you build as well. People think that they're toys, but it does take a great deal of skill. They're anything but toys these days."

Jonathan Wells, The Telegraph



LT&P Indoor Division map / Gordon Payne

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Dec 2016 / RWH




Dec 2016 / RWH

This page was updated on 2017-07-29