SYSTEM-Track Plan
Express Rail Service from Port Huron to Detroit, Bay City & Grindstone City


    The Port Huron & Northern Railroad is an S Scale model railroad set in the 1957 - 1960 time frame. The layout features landmarks and stations well known to rail fans and modelers familiar with the Thumb area of lower Michigan.

    The PH&N RR was first conceived in 1977 at our former residence in Shelby Township. Layout construction began in 1977 and the layout existed well into the 1990s. Shortly after we moved to Imlay City in 1997 a new layout was designed to fit an area dedicated to the model railroad. Constructionof the new layout started in 2000. Today, (December 25, 2015) 95% of the trackwork is complete. and scenery and backdrops are about 80% complete.

    Designed as a point-to-point railroad, the PH&N RR main line runs from Port Huron to Grindstone City by way of Jeddo, Croswell and Bad Axe. The PH&N interchanges with the NYC, PRR, GTW, C&O, and the WABASH and has trackage rights on the main lines running from Detroit to Port Huron and Detroit to Bay City. There is a wye at Tappan Junction (Port Huron) and reverse loops at Bay City and Grindstone City.

    Power for the layout is supplied by CVP Easy DCC (Digital Command Control). Switch machines are either pneumatic or hand operated ground throws. Additional switches have been added in yard areas that are controlled by Tortoise Brand switch machines.

    Mainline track is code 100 flex track with hand laid code 83 in Grindstone City and the engine terminal at Port Huron.  Main line turnouts are from Shinohara and Tomalco. I've also used many Eshelman kits from the first PH&N and scratch built several additional turnouts to fit unique track requirements.    ............ Enjoy your train ride on the PH&N RR!





Port Huron &
Northern R. R.

S Scale 3/16”=1'    1:64
Layout Size 57'X 25'

Mainline trackage:
Detroit to Grindstone City - PH&N Main 206' (2.5miles)

Milwaukee Jct. to Bay City - MC Main 134.5' (1.4 miles)

Continuous running loop:

Kings Mill to Jan's Canyon - 76.7' (.93 miles)

Prototype: PM, GTW, NYC,PRR.
Location: Michigan Thumb.
Period: 1957 - 1960
Track Height: 42”to 60”
Construction: "L" Girder, Homasote over plywood base, Homabed & cork roadbed.


Track: Code 100 Tomalco & Shinahara Flex track
Turnouts: Shinahara, Tomalco, Eshelman & scratch built, Pneumatically powered.
Minimum radius: 40”
Train Control: CVP Easy DCC

PH&N Trackplan