We have about 50 enthusiastic members with many different skills. If you are considering building your own layout being a member is a good way to learn all the skills required. Membership costs $25 a month.
The layout is controlled using either IOS or Android cell phones and our Wifi via JMRI. To operate on the layout one needs to have either WiThrottle on an IOS devise ( iPhone or iPad ) or Enginedriver on an Androide devise. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Harold’s home model railroad is a “freelance” Union Pacific transition era model with appropriate engines, buildings and automobiles for the time period. The track plan is a 13ft by 14ft dog bone type plan with towns in each of the loops. The track plan has two passing tracks, an alternate main route, a passenger station passing track and two industrial switching tracks. The main line curves are 30 inch radius and I used Peco flex track and turnouts.
The “main town” includes several businesses and industries. Industries include Abbott, Fred’s Displays and Exhibits, Sunrise Milling and Feed, Richmond Barrel Manufacturing, Ruddick Tools, Hamm’s Beer, Libertyville Freight and Transfer, Steve’s Building Supply, Bill’s Sheet Metal Shop, Bruckner Woodworking, and Mooney Plumbing. The other end of the model railroad also has a small town and two major facilities. The Shell Oil Refinery and the Union Pacific Steam Engine Facility are the two largest facilities on the model railroad. The steam engine facility includes an automated turntable that feeds the three stall roundhouse, four additional tracks and a pair of incoming and outgoing lead tracks. The facility also includes a water tank, coal tower, sand drying and loading and a machine shop.