Indianapolis Layouts

B & O Decatur Sub

My layout models the Chessie Railroad route from Indianapolis, Indiana to Decatur, Illinois. The journey starts in Moorefield yard and passes through western Indiana and out on to the Illinois prairie. Although the layout stays true to the actual route that was traveled, a lot of modeler's license is taken. Some of the many features of this layout include a refinery, stone quarries, coal mine, grain elevators, scrap yard, saw mill, cement manufacturing, and a grain processing plant. The Decatur Sub interchanges with Conrail at Moorefield, L&N at Roachdale, MILW at West Dana, MoPac and IC at Tuscola, and IC, ITG and N&W at Decatur. Two staging yards represent Cincinnati to the east and Springfield to the west. The layout is double-decked with a helix. There is one duck-under to get to the crew lounge.

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D&RGW / Rio Grande Southern

Jon’s On30 scale DRG&W / RGS is set in the late summer of 1942. The 22’ x 27’ layout depicts the line that runs from Durango and that, eventually, will run to Ridgeway, CO. The track plan is double deck around the walls with two peninsulas. There is a helix and staging tracks in a separate room. The layout is being built for operations and will feature transport of coal and yellow cake for the Manhattan Project.

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Eastern Illinois Santa Fe

This model railroad depicts the Santa Fe Railway from Joliet, Illinois to Streator, Illinois. This section of the railroad has two tracks called Main One and Main Two. Since the Santa Fe Railway runs in an East to West direction the North track is called Main One. The alignment from Joliet to Pequot uses the Santa Fe mainline and track that was shared and annexed from the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio. The alignments are quite close to each other but not exactly what might be called “double track.” The trackage from Pequot to Streator though is all Santa Fe two track arrangement that is set right next to each other. There is a grade crossing with the former Rock Island track at Joliet. Both the Metra commuter line and the Iowa Interstate railroad now use this track. There is also a grade crossing and junction of the Norfolk Southern, former Conrail railroad at Streator.

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Naptown & White River RR Club

The Naptown and White River layout is a loose, artistically licensed representation of railroading in Southwestern Indiana in the 1950s. formed from an amalgam of smaller railroads in the early 1900s, the NWR grew to connect the cities of East Bend (representing Vincinnes, IN) Richmond, Louisville, and Chicago, with each of its four main subdivisions, plus an additional line to Indianapolis, crossing in Bloomington, represented by Naptown Yard and Staging as the outer world around them. Each town on the layout draws inspiration from real locations in Indiana, although they do not appear in any geographic order. As the majority of the NWR's territory is within coal country of the south and western parts of the state, much of its traffic is open hoppers. (despite there actually only being one fairly small coal mine modeled). The Naptown monopolized on feeding the power plants of its ever growing terminal cities, as well as the smaller cities and towns along the way, with local Indiana coal. It also handles a fair amaount of Limestone traffic, raw steel, aluminum, as well as glass for its on-line customers. Although by this time Passenger rail travel is being replaced by the automobile, steep hills and rough terrain would make highway travel in parts of the state annoying. a true straight shot between Indianapolis and Evansville would not emerge until 2013, giving the NWR a unique opportunity to continue light and fast day trains for a few years after many of its national competitors would drop out of passenger traffic.

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Rail Xpress

Rail Xpress Railroad (RxRR) is a terminal switching railroad with a CTC controlled double track beltline configuration surrounding a metropolitan area of Gotham. RxRR interchanges with several class I railroads with 1 interchange yard, Logan and two interchange tracks at Morgan and Dundee. Industries served by RxRR enjoy good competitive transportation links to the world. The great success of RxRR operations can be attributed to their prescription to effectively and economically serve over 90 customers in 18 switching districts to quickly and timely freight operation. On RxRR rail traffic originates and terminates at the interchange yards. There is a major classification yard at Gotham and two minor yards at Sexton and Havana.

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