HO Scale Indoor Model Railroad
Operated by AMRE
The Alamo Model Railroad Engineers Society
The huge HO scale indoor model railroad is operated by AMRE, the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers. It is located in the museum's main display building. The layout is enormous by anyone standards. It spans the entire 100 feet length of the building, with multiple layers of tracks, yards, switching areas, turntables and towns among its many features. These will soon include an ore dock complete with a scale sized freighter. HO, which stands for "Half O, which was made popular by Lionel beginning in 1901. HO was introduced just after World War One and became increasingly popular during the Great Depression. HO is the most popular type of modern model railroading by far. Its practitioners take it very seriously. The scale of the models allows for a fantastic amount of detail. HO scale is 1:87. Every inch on HO is the equivalent of 87 inches, or 7 feet 3 inches, on what model railroaders refer to as 1:1 railroading, the kind where the rails are 4 feet 8.5 inches apart. HO rails are 16.5 mm (0.649 inches) apart. HO is the size that most people have in their own homes, maybe on table tops, or an entire room or even the garage. What we have at the Texas Transportation Museum is HO scale model railroading on a vastly higher level of complexity, one that needs many people with all the different skills needed to run such a vast operation, from electronics experts to scenery builders.
AMRE Activities
The Alamo Model Railroad Engineers run the layout almost every day the museum is open. Museum visitors love to find all the little details that bring any layout to life, especially one as large as this example at the museum. They run trains of all different types and sizes, and from multiple eras, so there is something for everyone. The group has its meetings and work sessions on Saturday evenings after the close of business. If you are interested in helping to run the layout, you would be most welcome to visit with them at this time. AMRE also runs a huge train show on the first weekend of October every year, with model train vendors from across the state of Texas and beyond setting up shop at the Live Oak Civic Center for the benefit of railroad enthusiasts of every kind. There is always an amazing amount of books, DVDs, posters and railroad memorabilia for sale as well as model trains of every size, scale and description. Click the link on the right hand side of this page for more information about San Antonio's best train show.
San Antonio Train Show
One of AMRE's most important activities is hosting the "San Antonio Train Show," which they have been doing for over 26 years ! The big news for 2014 is that the event is moving to Expo Hall A at the Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston Street, San Antonio TX 78219. This spiffy new location will allow the show to be the biggest and best ever, will loads more space for even more vendors and model railroad displays. You can get great deals and entertain the entire family, all for a very reasonable admission fee and PARKING IS FREE !!!
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General views of the AMRE layout
HO scale steam locomotive on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale steam passenger platform on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale yard area on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale trains on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale viaduct and lake on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale small freight yard on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Scenery detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Scenery detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
HO scale model of MK & T diesel-electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
Alamo Model Railraod Engineers (AMRE) layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, August 2014 - pic by Lisa Penoyer
Alamo Model Railraod Engineers (AMRE) layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, August 2014 - pic by Lisa Penoyer
HO scale ore dock on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Christmas theme locomotive on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale "Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad" ore train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale "Thomas the Tank Engine" on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE Members and Visitors
AMRE members putting up an educational sign at the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
A family visiting the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE president Peter Shavney at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member John Stabe up to his arms on the HO layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio

AMRE member Jeff Cochran and boys at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Alan Serold running trains on the HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Larry Walsh at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE member Ed Pentecost running trains on the HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
AMRE youth member Hunter works with AME VP Vic Louie on the AMRE HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, April 2013
AMRE youth member Hunter at the AMRE HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, May 2013
One time AMRE youth member Tommy Eccleston, now a full member, at the AMRE HO model train layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio, May 2013
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HO scale trains and locomotives
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HO scale MKT passenger and ore trains on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale MKT train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Southern Pacific passenger train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of MK & T diesel-electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale freight train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale AMTRAK train on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale model of AMTRAK train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific diesel-electric electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Southern Pacific train on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale Union Pacific train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Union Pacific locomotive dedicated to George H. Bush on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Missouri Pacific diesel locomotive on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of MOPAC diesel-electric electric on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Santa Fe train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale model locomotives on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio.
HO scale model of Longhorn & Western 7071 45 Tonner switcher on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Passenger and freight cars on the AMRE HO Scale model train layout
HO scale Union Pacific passenger car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Union Pacific passenger train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Union Pacific passenger train on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale freight cars on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Missouri Kansas & Texas freight car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific freight car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of grain freight car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO freight cars on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale SATX coal car on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. SATX is the code used by CPS (City Public Service) for its coal deliveries from Wyoming to its electricity generating plants near Elmendorf on the south side of San Antonio
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
Rail yard detail on the Alamo Model Railroad Enginners HO scale layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio. Pic by Allen Serold
HO scale coal train caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Union Pacific caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Southern Pacific police caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of Missouri Kansas & Texas caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale model of B & O caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
HO scale Christmas themed caboose on the AMRE layout at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
The Alamo Model railroad Engineer's HO scale model railroad layout is constantly growing and evolving. You will always find something new to enjoy every time you visit.
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