Trackside Layouts, LLC Est. 2007


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About the Owner

    Herb Leopold: I am a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, serving as a computer repair technician during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In my first year, after basic training, I had a class on vacuum tube computer repair, which is surprisingly relevant when it comes to model railroad design. For example, designing DCC wiring diagrams is very much like working with flip flops, and-gates, and or-gates. After all, the DCC system is binary. A logic diagram works well with both DC and DCC, something I really enjoy doing.

    In the early 2000s I had the good fortune of being employed by a well known model railroad builder. I spent most of my time on CAD, module construction, track laying, and wiring, though I also worked on scenery to some extent. Many of these layouts were quite large and took up to 2 years to complete, which when finished, were delivered using semi trucks or multiple trips with a U-Haul. In 2007, that company moved out of state, affording my sons and I the opportunity to start Trackside Layouts.

    In the real world, I am a volunteer engineer at a local museum, operating a 100 year old 3 foot gauge 0-4-0 Porter tank engine. It runs on the weekends and I have a great time sharing that part of our area’s history with our guests. Incidentally, in HO, our little line just fits on a 5x8 foot layout.