Post by DavidJohnson on Oct 27, 2012 14:40:26 GMT 1
Yesterday the Studebakers took a trip to Watertown, SD, on a friends model railroad. Here they are seen cruising near the depot. I have the pleasure of operating on this room size railroad about once a month. The scenes and track arrangements, and train operations are based on real towns in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota, centered around the town where the layout owner grew up. Vehicles in these scenes are by Cutter's, Gregs Garage, and CMW.
Post by DavidJohnson on Oct 28, 2012 21:47:48 GMT 1
Thank you Al.
Here are a couple more shots at Watertown, SD at the rail crossing by the depot. These motorists are passing time while the switcher pulls a car from the Great Northern interchange track.
LaSalle is a small town on the line, represented by just a grain elevator and the depot.
And finally, the rail crossing of the Minnesota River at New Ulm. before the pour of water was completed.
What is shown here are most of the completed scenes on the railroad. Much of the railroad has mock up structures and tan painted land forms. I am awaiting completion of the scene where the highway parallels the main line.
Here are some more photos of my friends model railroad. It is a fun railroad to operate and an excellent place to photograph my vehicle models. It takes about 12 people for the operating sessions. Several of these operators have contributed their track laying and model building skills to this railroad.
The railroad depicts southern Minnesota in the 1950's. It is a two deck room size railroad. The lower deck is the Minneapolis & St Louis railroad from Minneapolis to New Ulm, MN, and on to Waterttown South Dakota which was the western end of the line for the M&ST L. The upper deck is the Chicago & Northwestern railroad in Mankato , New Ulm. MN , and other smaller towns on the line. Both railroads meet in New Ulm, situated on a large single deck peninsula in the center of the room.
Minneapolis has a model of the old Union Depot (kit bashed Walthers Cornerstone). There is a coach for the Great Northern as a nod to the other railroads who used this depot. The only trains we operate into the depot are small gas electric cars on the M&StL,
To the left of the depot in the last photo is a long freight yard for the M&St L. Leaving Minneapolis the line passes by the Hopkins Minneapolis Moline plant
The line heads to New Ulm , MN The trestle in the foreground is the M&STL crossing of the Minnesota river. In the background the through truss bridges are the C&NW crossings.
The M&STL terminates in Watertown, SD. Many of the prior photos in this thread were taken at Watertown.
The C&NW also has a presence in Watertown and services this mill. The mill and the depot came from one of the operators who also had modeled Watertown, then dismantled his railroad to build another on a different theme.
Now for the C&NW. This section of the railroad is less sceniced so I have scarcely photographed it. As mentioned before, it connects with the M&STL in New Ulm on the central peninsula. Here is the Minnesota River bridges viewed from the other side.
Scenery and structure building are progressing in New Ulm including this scratch built Standard Oil dealer. If you look closely there is a Jerry Cox Packard posed behind the dealer, just as in the prototype photo.
Thanks for taking the time to post all these excellent photos. Your friend has a beautiful layout - that station is something to behold! Everything blends well together. I especially like the river/gorge with the three railroad bridges. And of course, the vehicles - they look so good in a realistic setting. That Packard is a nice touch, too!