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LAHRF Model Train Blueprint Competition 

Spring 2020

The LARHF Model Train Blueprint Competition is open to everyone!


Simply design the blue print with any writing materials you have on hand at home.

The layout competition is for an O gauge scale model train only. 

The rules:

- The size of the blueprint should be 4 pieces of 8.5x11 sized paper taped together to make a large rectangle. No larger or smaller. 

- You can use crayons, pencils, pens, markers to draw the layout.

- It needs be designed for an O gauge scale model train layout.

- Can be based on real world locations or fantastical; any time in history, present day or future. 

- Include a one paragraph (5 sentence) explanation of your layout. Include the world of the layout you chose and an explanation of the layout. 

- You do not have to be a member of LARHF to submit. Everyone is welcome. 

What you will be judged on:

- The world. Please be as detailed and creative as possible. If you pick a time in history, use specifics from that time. If you are doing a fantastical world, surprise us with fun ideas and concepts. 

- The measurements. Please be specific in measurements of the total layout and track size. See examples below. 

- Quality of your blue print. We are very aware that you may not have access to many design materials during this time, but more materials doesn't necessarily mean better. We are looking for a very clear and easy to interpret blueprint. 

The Awards:

-First place winner will be shown on our LARHF social media, receive a $100 check from LARHF, as well as a LARHF pin and railroad poster from our collection. 

-Runner up will be shown on our LARHF social media, receive a LARHF pin and railroad poster from our collection. 

The design must be mailed to LARHF’s office and postmarked by May 17, 2020.




825 Colorado Blvd. Suite 242

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Below are examples of detailed O gauge blueprints. 

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Please email with any questions and have fun!






Eligibility: OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Any entries for those under 18 must be signed by the entrant’s parent/guardian. Employees (and their immediate families (parent, child, spouse or sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (“Sponsor”), its affiliated companies and board members are not eligible to enter or win. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to this Contest. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.


To Enter: During the Contest Period, visit, and follow the directions to complete and submit the entry. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on May 17, 2020. Limit one (1) entry per person/email address. Multiple entries will be void. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process are void. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged. 


After a submission is mailed to Sponsor, it may be made available for viewing on Sponsor’s website and social media sites in accordance with the site’s privacy policy. By participating in the contest, each entrant grants the Sponsor the right to use such entrant’s name (in in the case of a minor, first name and last initial), photo, biographical information, and publication of work in all media for advertising and promotional purposes, as well as on the website or future contests. By participating in the contest, each entrant also grants the Sponsor the right to use such entrant’s name, address, and email address to contact entrant and entrant’s guardian regarding the contest.


All entries must be the entrant’s original, unpublished, and previously unproduced work. If the Sponsor is notified that any element of an entrant’s entry infringes upon the rights of another person, the entry will be disqualified from the contest. 


Contest Period: The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on April 17 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on May 17, 2020 (“Contest Period”). At the end of the Contest Period (May 17, 2020), a Sponsor selected official panel of judges will select a first and a second-place winner.


Prizes: Winners will receive prizes, and first-place winners will have their work featured on Sponsor’s website and on its social media sites.


First place: $100.00 plus a Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation official pin and a poster selected from our collection and a feature on our website and social media.

Second place: A Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation official pin and a poster selected from our collection and a feature on our website and social media.


Winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Limit one (1) prize per person/email address/household. 


Potential winners will be notified by email and if Sponsor is unable to contact the potential winner within a reasonable time period, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate winner selected. If a potential winner is at least 18 but still considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, prize may be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. By signing an entry form, parents grant permission for their children’s work, first name, last initial and photo to be put online.


Publicity Grant: Each winner, by acceptance of a prize, except where legally prohibited, grants permission for Sponsor and its designees to use his/her name, address (city and state), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, announcing winner’s name on Sponsor’s page on Facebook or via Instagram or other social media accounts) without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, in any manner, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or review or approval.


Use of Information: No substitutions or new versions of submission will be accepted under any circumstances once the original entry is submitted for consideration. Any submission that is considered by Sponsor at its sole and absolute discretion to be objectionable, in whole or in part, will be disqualified and will not be eligible for entry. Except as otherwise stated in these Official Rules, the limited personal information collected online in connection with this contest will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy practices and with the consent given by entrants, or their parents or guardians at the time of entry. Any communication or information transmitted to Sponsor and/or the website by email or otherwise is and will be treated as nonconfidential and nonproprietary. Sponsor will use the limited personal information collected for this contest referenced above to identify the winners and, with permission, announce the winners. 


Limitations Of Liability: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered or garbled entries, referral, links or emails; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the malfunction of any unique referral link, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants' or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest (or any portion thereof) should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries. If terminated, Sponsor may, at its discretion, select the potential winners from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. Entrants, by participating, agree that Sponsor and its respective parents, subsidiaries, divisions, affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies and fulfillment providers, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and shall be held harmless by entrants against, any liability, for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including death, to persons, or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in this Contest. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same e-mail account, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these rules. Authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.


Winners List: The winners’ list may be obtained after May 17, 2020 by sending a hand-printed, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: 825 Colorado Blvd., Ste. 242, Los Angeles, CA 90041, within two (2) months from the notification date, above. 



This Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, which are not affiliated with Sponsor in any way.

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