Half of the double deck layout represents DRGW from Pueblo to Canon City. The other half is where 4 railroads come together. D&RGW and ATSF have side by side yards. Missouri Pacific terminates at the Rio Grande yard. Colorado and Southern shares the Santa Fe yard and has a small industrial yard of their own. All 4 railroads have live staging. Rio Grande and C&S continue south to the CF&I steel mill and beyond. Eventually passenger trains will be served by Pueblo Union Station.
This railroad is based in the fall of 1948 in Lafayette, Indiana. Four railroads (Monon, Wabash, New York Central, and Nickel Plate) interchanged with each other in Lafayette at this time. In 1948, 50 trains typically came through across those railroads in a 24 hour period. Each mainline is several hundred feet long.
The layout represents the Monon R.R. around 1958. It runs from the Chicago/South Hammond north staging, closest to the aisle, to the Louisville south staging next to the wall.
The Salt Creek and Eastern is a freelanced railroad located more in a State of Mind as opposed to a specific location. But if you must have a place, think mid Pennsylvania. I had roughly 1,200 square feet of basement to work with and some very deep crawl spaces. Using what I had learned from my previous layouts and my experiences on many other layouts, I’ve ended up with the current railroad. It represents the middle division of a larger railroad. I wanted to have a layout that provided a bit of something for most operators. I wanted long mainline running, quite a bit of local switching, a main yard and engine facility, some narrow gauge, and some short-line operations. I wanted it to be set in the Eastern US, sometime in the mid 60’s. That was the railroading that I grew up with and was familiar with. Having been schooled in Timetable and Train Order by Jack Ozanich, I wanted to operate with TT/TO rules. However, we do use a relaxed set of rules, and there’s no black Cadillac roaming the layout looking for screw-ups.