Several years ago, a group of Maine model railroad enthusiasts got together with the idea of organizing free and self-guided layout tours in various sections of Maine as a way to meet other hobbyists, share model railroading ideas and techniques and enjoy the camaraderie of the hobby. With concern about the size of Maine, they originally limited the tours to specific areas with the idea that all major areas would be covered over the course of several years. The 2015 Tour was in central-interior and central-coastal Maine. The 2016 Tour was in eastern and southwestern Maine. In 2017, layouts from coastal Maine roughly from Brunswick to Rockland were featured. Starting with 2018, it was decided to feature all layouts that were offered and let individuals decide their own travel routes.
Any layout owners are welcome to offer their layouts for the Tour. All scales and gauges, all layout sizes and levels of completion are welcome. Layout hosts may, and are encouraged to, provide detailed descriptions of their layouts to heighten visitor interest.
The layouts are open to all who wish to visit. Membership in a model railroad club or organization is NOT required. As the time of the Tour approaches, you are encouraged to check the list of layouts on the Tour for any additions, deletions or other changes.