Own the Model Train Enthusiast’s Ultimate Dream Home: Just $3.5 Million!
As a model train enthusiast, what features do you look for in a dream home? A big garage or basement where you can build an impressive train layout? Maybe a few other, smaller areas in the home where you can put a smaller set or two? A nice outdoor space for a garden-scale railroad, maybe?
Nope. You’ve got to dream bigger. Like the ride-on scale train that traverses nearly 20 acres of beautiful land in Sherwood, Ohio. Hop aboard the 7 1/2″-scale train and ride over the wooden trellis bridge and through a tunnel as you enjoy the beautiful landscaping from atop this steam-powered train. If you have kids, the outdoor train is sure to be a hit with them too.
But as awesome as the ride-on scale train is, the indoor F-scale layout might just top it. The owner, Tom Miller, decided to build a 4000-square-foot building to house his Colorado/New Mexico-themed set because Oregon winters are too cold for outdoor railroading.
The F-scale layout is a narrow-gauge set with a mixture of Denver and Rio Grande elements. There is a little town, a stamp mill, a train yard, and more. The layout includes around 400 handmade trees, 700 feet of track, and 16 switches. The computer-controlled lighting, which can be set to go through a 24-hour cycle in programmable increments, is usually set for a 30-minute cycle. The computer also controls the sound effects, which includes details such as a rooster crowing, fiddle and harmonica music, and even snoring. What more could a model train enthusiast want in a home?
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that the house is gorgeous too.