About me:

   My name is Nick Futules.  I currently reside in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  I'm married to my awesome wife Julie, and we have a 10 year old daughter Lily, who loves the hobby also!  I got into the hobby in the 80's as a child, thanks to my Father who had bulit me an O gauge layout with Lionel trains.  Aside from trains, I love playing Ice Hockey, Golf, and sports cars.  

About the website:

   The website was started in the summer of 2011, as a home for my O scale train layout, The Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad. "PIR" & Horseshoe curve.  Soon after, I began scratch building custom models, and flats for cutomers.  I then started the PTF Designs product line and added an online store to this website, which continues to grow today.

Visit my new P.T.F. Designs Store!


Our Layout "The Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad & Horseshoe Curve"

  Started in 2009, the layout consists of two rooms, the Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad & the Horseshoe Curve. The main room the "P.I.R." is modeled after the city of Pittsburgh, and its famous industries.  About 3 years after I had started the layout, I decided to expand into the adjoining room and model the "World Famous" Horseshoe Curve & Gallitzin Tunnel.  The combined size of the two rooms is 23 x 20, and 95% is consumed by the train layout.  I run both Lionel Legacy & MTH DCS on the layout and use a combination of Lionel fastrack, Ross Custom Switches, and Gargraves track.  The railroad names I like to run and collect are Norfolk Southern, Pennsylvania & Conrail. 

Click here to watch a video overview of the layout on youtube.

I'm really happy I got back into the world's greatest hobby! :)

Thanks for visiting my website!