Welcome to the Bona Vista Railroad
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Welcome to the Bona Vista Railroad!

Glad to have you aboard! You'll find info about the newest iteration of my Bona Vista Railroad here, along with shots of my former layout. However, I now do monthly video updates of my layout progress and publish them on YouTube, so that information will be a little more current than these web pages. You can get to my channel on YouTube by clicking here. All the previous video updates are also there. Subscribe to my channel and you'll be notified when I upload new updates.

Some miscellaneous notes:

  • Update #33 -- The town of Mill Creek finally has a real creek! Lots of scenery work done in the past month. Special thanks to Thomas Oxnard, whose article provided the inspiration for my Mill Creek. Also to Andrew Thompson, who sent me a sensational, weathered boxcar. It's all in the update!

  • Please hit "F5" or "Reload" to refresh your browser window. Many of the changes I make to this page are minor, and your browser's cached version may not reflect those.

  • I added two more luminaries to my "Me and _____" collection on my "About Me" page.

  • You can also still see the 7-minute tour of my former layout, shot for my "Great Model Railroads 2015" article here.

Here's a little background about the website and the layout:

NMRAThe Bona Vista Railroad is an HO-scale model railroad owned, operated, and built by me (Gerry Leone MMR).  The railroad itself is a freelanced design that's operated prototypically, and set in the Upper Midwest of the 1950s. Currently I'm Vice President /Special Projects for the National Model Railroad Association.

Because I really enjoy seeing construction shots and behind-the-scenes shots of other model railroads, I'll be including some of those shots here. 

However, if you've come to know my former Bona Vista Railroad layout (the "BV III") through the 40+ articles I've written for hobby magazines, I've included some of those construction shots and beauty shots on this website as well.

If you want to contact me by email, you can do so at: gerryleone at comcast dot net . Please put "BV" in the subject somewhere.

Thanks to all who consider themselves fans of the BV!  I really do appreciate it!

Gerry Leone



as of 05/15/17
(newest at top)
New townThe first town has been added (complete with scenery) to the layout! See Construction Page 4 for a few shots.
TracksideThe first photo taken on my BV IV was published in the October 2016 issue of Model Railroader. You can see it on my "Articles" page here.
OverpassTwelve feet of new scenery has been added, including some farm fields. You can see shots of that on Construction pages 4 & 5.
Track PlanI I have a working trackplan! Take a look at the trackplan page.
AlignThis article about aligning track on movable benchwork was published in the August 2016 issue of Model Railroader. You can see a larger version of it on my "Articles" page.
Touch TogglesOn the BV IV, I decided I'd have totally clean fascias. Thanks to Touch Toggles, I've succeeded. This article in the December 2015 issue of Model Railroader magazine describes how I used them and mounted them. You can see the opening page here.
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