About Far Beyond Rails LLC

Far Beyond Rails (FBR) is a young company (founded October, 2011) with "old hands". We design and build top quality custom model railroad layouts in all gauges and scales, as well as standard N-scale layouts that fit in every home.

Erhard Baltrusch, the sole owner of Far Beyond Rails, LLC. was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and absolved middle-school and an apprenticeship as Export sales clerk. During evening school, he achieved his diploma in computer programming, software development, and database engineering. Erhard was one of the first team members hired by the Miniatur Wunderland in 1999 and spent 10 years with this company, working his way up from handyman to management. Erhard's work with the Miniatur Wunderland was also recognized by Model Railroader - the largest US magazine for model railroaders - by publishing 4 articles he wrote about the Wunderland.

Right now, Far Beyond Rails focuses on building small N-scale layouts in a modular approach: All layouts featured on our Standard Layouts page interconnect and allow to build a large empire over time without having to spend too much money (and waiting time). We also design and build custom model railroads to our clientel's specification.

Our mission is to promote the hobby of model railroading, as well as providing background information about real railroads by planning and building a huge H0-scale public show layout in the southern United States, featuring a cross-section of the USA from the Northwest to the Southeast. This will not be a copy of the Miniatur Wunderland in Germany, but rather combine the artistic, educational, and fun aspects in one family attraction. Further information is supplied in our dedidcated website for USA-in-Miniature.