• 2:03

    Overview of Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision

    The L&N Henderson Subdivision Model Railroad is a creation of Rick Rideout. The layout is 35 by 70 feet and resides in a custom designed basement. Rideout scaled down the 146 mile subdivision down to a 8 scale mile HO layout. He loves the L&N so much, that he built his house along a former…

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  • 9:28

    Touring the L&N Henderson Subdivision

    In this video, Allen Keller gives a tour of Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision. Starting in the Chicago St. Louis staging area, this brief tour follows a 721 daily piggyback train to Nashville. It first passes in front of Continental Grain Company and then Reitz High School where Rick Rideout met his wife, Vicky. The…

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  • 12:27

    Operations on the L&N Henderson Subdivision

    In this video, watch Rick Rideout’s model railroad in operation as Allen Keller describes its movements along the layout. The 768 on the L&N Henderson Subdivision moves from Courtland and onto Springfield where it finds no work. Heading on toward Guthrie on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, it crosses over Red River. The switch list has…

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  • 4:24

    Owner Inspiration & Satisfaction on the L&N Henderson Subdivision

    In this video, Allen Keller talks to Rick Rideout about his owner inspiration and satisfaction. Rideout chose to model the L&N and Nashville Evansville area because it was the only railroad that he was really familiar with. He just assumed all railroads looked gray and yellow like the L&N he was accustomed to. The railroad…

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  • 2:37

    Scratchbuilding the Ohio River Bridge

    When Rick Rideout modeled the Ohio River Bridge on his L&N Henderson Subdivision, he photographed and made drawings from his observations of the real bridge. The actual Ohio River Bridge spans five lengths, but Rideout has only ten feet on the main span and an additional ten to twelve feet for the approach to work…

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  • 5:52

    Track Plan and Sub-Roadbed

    Rick Rideout is able to accomodate his large L&N layout room, wide isles, and over 500 feet of main line in the basement of his home. Luckily for Rideout, it was easy for him to make room for his layout because he was able to build his entire house from scratch. Rideout worked with his…

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  • 5:57

    Rick Rideout’s Rix Products Inc

    Rick Rideout’s start in selling and manufacturing his own model railroad products came from a need for a product that wasn’t available. The first items he produced were inspired by a lack of throttles that did not get hot in the hand. He was able to redesign an old throttle to be able to handle…

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  • 12:06

    Operating Systems on the L&N

    Rick Rideout’s L&N Henderson Subdivision houses miles of wire, command control detection circuits, signals, and a computer. Rideout views his computer as simply a system of relays with an on and off switch. The computer in his layout room automatically loads the programs and sets the railroad up. The computer’s interface is located under the…

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  • 1:57

    Scratch-Built Searchlight Signals

    Rick Rideout uses scratch built searchlight signals on his L&N Henderson Subdivision. He starts by sautering a signal head to the top of a piece of tubing. He then drills a hole through a century boundary relay box and runs tubing through to connect to a relay box under the signal. Rideout uses brass wire…

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