Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Blog

Hey there everyone. Since I'm now modeling the Marceline Sub, updating to this blog under the Chillicothe Sub is misleading and incorrect. So please check out further progress at my Heartland Iron Rails of the Santa Fe blog. Hope to update it pretty often due to major benchwork progress recently.
See you there!

Sunday, May 29, 2011


On June the 4th and 5th, me and a friend will be traveling to Mendon, Ethel, and Medill Missouri
to take more photos of the locations to be modeled. The quality of satellite images of the areas are terrible and most photos from rail fans are of the signals and crossovers and no pictures of the industries at these locations.

Progress on the layout cannot go any further until after this trip and even a week after most likely. I still need to order a few more ME switches, a discontinued track cleaning car, and maybe even more supplies for more modules. There are always things to buy for the layout.

After the trip and if I can get a few more switches, I can really turn and burn. Once track is laid through Medill (well most of it, can't lay all of it until I get another right hand switch) I can order another piece of plexiglas for the Medill to Ethel control panel (probably need more rotary switches for that though) and run a local out for the first time and switch the fertilizer place there.

Monday, May 23, 2011


This is the last, absolutely final version of the trackplan.
Next weekend I will add another layer of roadbed for the mains, then track can be laid all the way to east Mendon.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Modules

Here are the two new modules finished and installed.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

More Progress, Finally. Now the Marceline Sub

Well I've been neglecting this due to life events. I got my dream job on a railroad, but after half a year I quit due to extreme stress and the people/area I worked with/at. But I'm financially recovered enough to start up on the layout.

I've changed the track plan, AGAIN, and the layout will now be The Marceline Sub. The three areas I will model will be Gibbs, MO, Ethel, MO, and Sugar Creek, MO (Chevron Plant/Racks). It will still be in the 1992-1993 time frame. I will be buying benchwork supplies this weekend, and through the next few weekends my dad and I will be completing the benchwork to the Ethel, MO scene.

I've found that Atlas C55 switches aren't practical in my application, so I'm redesigning the west staging yard ladder with ME C55 switches with the snap points. I'm also going to add another pair of crossover switches there too. (see track plan) I'm also needing to add another layer of roadbed for the mainlines through the Gibbs area.

I've also been buying new motive power about every weekend. New additions include a GP20 and two GP38-2's. Detailing them will have to wait a while though.

Please check back over the next few weekends.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Revised Final Track Plan

Sorry for the lack of updates. I'm trying to find a source for 20 gauge wire so progress has halted. However, I have finalized and revised my track plan. Check it out.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Staging Completed and Ready for Wiring

Here's the east end all done. Magnetic bridges will be installed to run across the aisle.
These are the ends of the locomotive staging tracks. Since I run DC, I split each track into four blocks. The caulking hasn't dried yet on the track to the right. You can see the couple height gauge on the track. A great place to put it.
The two mainlines are on the left, and the track at the far right is the runaround track.

Even though none of the tracks are wired yet, I couldn't resist lining up a couple trains.

Now I gotta order the wire and plexiglas for the control panel. Then it'll be on to Toluca.