The “Queen City HiRailers” (QCHR) succeeds the original “Lionel Operating Train Society” (LOTS) modular layout club and the successor club the “Cincinnati Modular Train Group” (CMTG) which appeared at many shows in the Cincinnati area over fifteen years from 1990 through 2005.

We purchased the old layout from the CMTG on January 1, 2006. We renamed our new club to the “Queen City HiRailers”. Our goal was to build a new layout using modules built to the Independent HiRailer Standards.

On March 24, 2006 Mr. Fred Siller one of our Charter Members passed away and he bequeathed us a large amount of money to maintain the QCHR train club.  All members can thank Fred for this wonderful gift.

By October, 2006 we started to build modules with three track mains and created enlarged layouts for shows using modules of the old layout and our new modules. On November 21, 2008 we obtained our first goal, which was to build a three track main line layout for public view. This was first shown at Green Township Senior Center.

We continue to build and add to the layout size as members make their own modules. We have created written module specifications which enable our modules to connect to other clubs’ modules that are built in accordance with the Independent HiRailers Standards Members also make and bring to shows 18″ by 48″ scenic layovers to place on blank modules.


2019 Lionel Operating Train Society Convention
Louisville, KY Crown Point Hotel Airport

Click on the photo for names of operators

The Queen City HiRailers modular 3 rail club was invited to run at the Annual LOTS Convention that was held in Louisville KY at the Crown Point Airport. We were running at the train show on July 13, 2019 during the convention with 19 members in attendance.

We also are invited to attend the Annual LOTS convention in Dayton, OH in 2020 at the Crown Point Downtown on July 11, 2020.

CLICK HERE – for Video of LOTS convention cars being towed by Lionel Big Boy engine and a Lionel Challenger engine that belong to Nick Ariss-Powers.

CLICK HERE – for a walk around video tour of the QCHR Modules in use.