Below are model layout photos taken on tours during the National Model Railroad Association's (NMRA) national convention held in Toronto, Canada in 2003. The annual national convention hadn't been held in Toronto since 1953. Unfortunately, 2003 was the year of the SARS epidemic and many modelers, manufacturers and distributors were scared away by the media reports. Those who did attend know that it was an excellent convention and there were many superb model layouts open to visitors during the tours.
I've tried to capture the essence of these model layouts in these photos that I took during the layout tours. As you know, it is necessary to "shoot from the hip" on these tours and there is no time for adjusting lighting conditions or setting up the pictures carefully. I took these photos for inspiration and creative ideas. I hope you find some ideas here that you can use or adapt to your own model railroad. Most are HO scale. One layout, #8, is N gauge. It ran on practically every surface in the house!
I did not take notes at the time as to who owns what. I was not planning to make a website. My apologies to the builders. Should you spot your model layout or recognize who one belongs to, please go to my Contact page and send me an email so I can give proper credit. I know from recent years that many of these layouts have been on Muskoka Layout Tours so you can find more info on some of them there, including some videos.
More railroad pictures, both model and prototype, can be accessed from my Train Photos Overview page.
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