HO Scale Indoor Model Railroad
Operated by AMRE
The Alamo Model Railroad Engineers Society
The huge HO scale indoor model railroad is operated by AMRE, the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers. It is located in the museum's main display building. The layout is enormous by anyone standards. It spans the entire 100 feet length of the building, with multiple layers of tracks, yards, switching areas, turntables and towns among its many features. These will soon include an ore dock complete with a scale sized freighter. HO, which stands for "Half O, which was made popular by Lionel beginning in 1901. HO was introduced just after World War One and became increasingly popular during the Great Depression. HO is the most popular type of modern model railroading by far. Its practitioners take it very seriously. The scale of the models allows for a fantastic amount of detail. HO scale is 1:87. Every inch on HO is the equivalent of 87 inches, or 7 feet 3 inches, on what model railroaders refer to as 1:1 railroading, the kind where the rails are 4 feet 8.5 inches apart. HO rails are 16.5 mm (0.649 inches) apart. HO is the size that most people have in their own homes, maybe on table tops, or an entire room or even the garage. What we have at the Texas Transportation Museum is HO scale model railroading on a vastly higher level of complexity, one that needs many people with all the different skills needed to run such a vast operation, from electronics experts to scenery builders.
AMRE Activities
The Alamo Model Railroad Engineers run the layout every day the museum is open. Museum visitors love to find all the little details that bring any layout to life, especially one as large as this example at the museum. They run trains of all different types and sizes, and from multiple eras, so there is something for everyone. The group has its meetings and work sessions on Saturday evenings after the close of business. If you are interested in helping to run the layout, you would be most welcome to visit with them at this time.
Model Railroad Celebration Day

Garden Railroad Golden Spike Ceremony

Saturday October 7, 2017
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM

TTM's next "MODEL TRAIN CELEBRATION DAY !"  will happen on Saturday October 7, rain or shine!  Unlike train shows of yore which were all about selling, this day is about folks actually running trains and having fun.  All our layouts will be running. We will have extra basic layouts set for you to run YOUR model rains on. If you have a train set - G or O gauge, HO or N - that you haven't run in a while, bring it out and see if it still works. If you want to try to sell it or other model railroad related items, we will have tables for you to display them, like a swap meet.  There will also be local vendors of railroad enthusiast items as well. Just a great day for the model railroad fan in your family.  Come out and enjoy the world's greatest hobby.
General views of the AMRE layout
HO scale steam locomotive on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale steam passenger platform on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale trains on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale viaduct and lake on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale small freight yard on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Scenery detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Scenery detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
HO scale model of MK & T diesel-electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
Alamo Model Railroad Engineers (AMRE) layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, August 2014 - pic by Lisa Penoyer
Alamo Model Railroad Engineers (AMRE) layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, August 2014 - pic by Lisa Penoyer
HO scale Christmas theme locomotive on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale AMRE (Alamo Model Railroad Engineers) model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale AMRE (Alamo Model Railroad Engineers) model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale AMRE (Alamo Model Railroad Engineers) model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale AMRE (Alamo Model Railroad Engineers) model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale AMRE (Alamo Model Railroad Engineers) model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE Members and Visitors
A family visiting the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Peter Shavney at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Alan Serold running trains on the HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Vic Louie running trains on the HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Hunter Bagby works with Vic Louie on the AMRE HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, April 2013
AMRE youth member Hunter Bagby at the AMRE HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, May 2013
AMRE member Tommy Eccleston at the AMRE HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, May 2013
AMRE member Richard Radford running trains on the HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Ian Gage Botello running trains on the HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Leo Bonin running trains on the HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
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HO scale trains and locomotives
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HO scale MKT passenger and ore trains on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale MKT train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Southern Pacific passenger train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of MK & T diesel-electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale freight train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale AMTRAK train on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale model of AMTRAK train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific diesel-electric electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Southern Pacific train on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale Union Pacific train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Union Pacific locomotive dedicated to George H. Bush on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Missouri Pacific diesel locomotive on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of MOPAC diesel-electric electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Santa Fe train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale model locomotives on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
HO scale model of Longhorn & Western 7071 45 Tonner switcher on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale "Thomas the Tank Engine" on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Passenger and freight cars on the AMRE HO Scale model train layout
HO scale Union Pacific passenger car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Union Pacific passenger train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Union Pacific passenger train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale freight cars on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Missouri Kansas & Texas freight car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific freight car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of grain freight car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO freight cars on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale SATX coal car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. SATX is the code used by CPS (City Public Service) for its coal deliveries from Wyoming to its electricity generating plants near Elmendorf on the south side of San Antonio
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale iron ore train caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Union Pacific caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific police caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Missouri Kansas & Texas caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of B & O caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Christmas themed caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Ore railroad
Life long model railroad enthusiast - and AMRE founder - Peter Shavney has put together a truly spectacular set of locomotives and over 100 freight cars that represent the renowned "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad" that brought coal from perhaps the largest man made pit in the world - located in Minnesota - to ports on the great lakes for shipment to the rest of the world. Seeing this train in motion on the AMRE layout is quite a spectacle. It takes a lot of time and effort just to get it all put together, just as it does in the real world.
Peter Shavney's HO scale "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad" ore train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad" ore train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Peter Shavney's HO scale "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Ore train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Peter Shavney's HO scale "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Ore train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Peter Shavney's HO scale "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Ore train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Peter Shavney's HO scale "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Ore train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range ore dock on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
The Alamo Model railroad Engineer's HO scale model railroad layout is constantly growing and evolving. You will always find something new to enjoy every time you visit.

 

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