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.

House with Train

Train Bridge

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.

Train Building

Indoor Layout

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.

Model Railroader's Dream House

Pool Table


If you’re interested in the property, you can find the listing on many online real estate sites, such as Zillow. There is also a virtual tour if you’d like to see more photos.

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