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The Muffin's Acquire 185 West Main Street for the Choo Choo Cafe

The Muffin's Acquire 185 West Main Street for the Choo Choo Cafe

What happens when you're having a good time watching and playing with trains? You get hungry!

So the Muffin's are planning to add a diner to main street serving breakfast and lunch for our guests visiting MrMuffin'sTrains. 

We plan to start renovation of this building in early 2018, and plan to open before the Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad commences service to and from Atlanta, Indiana - like late Spring, 2018.

  • Stephen Nelson
[Pre-Order] MTH 2018 Vol. 1

[Pre-Order] MTH 2018 Vol. 1

MTH Pre-orders are now available for Vol. 1 2018 Catalog.
Deadline: Dec. 1st, 2017
Link: Catalog
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[Event] Train Show @ Atlanta, IN

[Event] Train Show @ Atlanta, IN

The Muffins are hosting a Train Show in Atlanta, IN!
Admission is free to look around or shop!

Want a table to sell? It's only $5 to reserve a table! Just call us at 765.292.2022 or email!
When: Nov. 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Community Center @ Atlanta, IN

Plus a "Poker Run" for prizes
Visiting 4 Home Layouts with a "Hungry Hobo" Kid's Lunch
Kids - $8 each, including lunch
Parents - $2 plus a la carte pizza & salad
Grandparents - Free - and they can buy pizza slices too!

Common Questions:

Q: What size are the tables?

A: 8 feet

Q: Where is the Community Center in Atlanta?

A: 100 W Walton

Q: When is setup time for sellers?

A: 9:00 am

Q: Any food available?

A: We will have Lunch available


  • Stephen Nelson
[News] The Muffin's @ York!

[News] The Muffin's @ York!

The Muffins will be at York this coming Thursday thru Saturday! (19th - 21st)
Find us at the Orange Hall, BB9!
Korber is also present in the same booth!

Feel free to stop by and say "Hi"! 

Please note that we won't be running trains on Saturday (21st) due to being at York!
  • Stephen Nelson

[Pre-Order] Lionel & Atlas

Below we will have listed the current/active collection available for pre-order!

Atlas O:
Oct. 2017
70 Ton Covered Hopper Cars
Trainman - 20' Container
Deadline: Oct. 30, 2017
Link: Catalog

Lionel 2017 Vol. 2 
Deadline: Oct 21st
Link: Catalog
  • Stephen Nelson
[News] Our new public layout at MrMuffin'sTrains

[News] Our new public layout at MrMuffin'sTrains

Now that we have moved our retail and mail order operation to our new building at 177 W Main Street in Atlanta, Indiana, we have been focusing on expanding and completing our layout at 165 E Main Street, also in Atlanta.

The layout is approximately 56' wide and nearly 40' deep. People ask me what letter shape is it, and it's sort of a big E with a backward L tagged onto it. Or maybe a big U with some warts attached. You'll have to see for yourself.

The bench work is basically all 2 by 4 framing with 1 by 4's supporting the various levels of track roadbed. Generally we are using 3/4" plywood for our roadbed with some places utilizing various 1 by lumber, like 1 by 4's and 1 by 8's. We are utilizing Atlas O track and turnouts, mounted on top of Woodland Scenics' foam roadbed. 

When finished, we are planning to have four levels of train operation.

There's a lower level, single track, that is mostly hidden with several places where it pops out.

Next up, is the main level with three mainline tracks and lots of large, gradual curves. On this level is also the freight yard and the engine servicing facility, with a turntable and roundhouse. There is also an independent loop of single track on this level for some additional train action and it can be used as a test and programming track.

The third level is a double track mainline and it uses a lot of our spectacular bridges. This is configured as a folded dog bone and runs everywhere.  Also on this level is our passenger yard and leads for passenger trains to head west or east. This level has a lot of industry switching and includes our coal mine and grain elevators. There are also a couple of out and back trolley lines on this level. 

The fourth level, which hasn't been started, is another double track mainline. It completely circles the room, and utilizes the 7' bridge made for us by TWTrainWorx. My intent is for this level to be almost completely operated on bridges and will require a little bit of a duck under on one end of the layout. Like the layout in Carmel, this will be built last.

As I write this, the second level is almost complete and I expect to start powering the track up for testing shortly. The first and third levels are started. Mrs Muffin is really looking forward to starting on the scenery. I expect we will be adding lots of new scenes and structures, including those from Korber Models.  

Here are a few pictures of the room and the current progress. Thanks  for reading all of this - I will be providing additional updates as we go.

Steve   aka - Mr Muffin.  

  • Stephen Nelson
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