Monday, September 7, 2015

Update with Lots of Photos

   I've been making a lot of progress on the layout.  At the end of July, I completed benchwork and trackage all the way around the entire layout.  This of course means that trains can run around the entire loop for some great rail-fanning on the layout, which is exactly what I've been doing the last five weeks.  I've also managed to install a crossover and a industrial turnout in Wheaton, IL during this time.   I still one more industrial spur turnout in Wheaton, a curved turnout at the Rochelle interchange and double crossover turnouts between Elmhusrt and Wheaton before I can drive the golden spike.  I hope to have all that done and maybe a little more before the layout will be on the Atlanta Area Piedmont Pilgrimage November 8.
  In the meantime I thought it would be a good idea to give you an around the layout photo tour so that you can get an idea of the 200' mainline of the UPRR Geneva Subdivision.  I am using the UP 844 Excursion Train for the tour.  Climb and aboard and enjoy!

We start at the west staging yard where we see the 844 begin its tour of the Geneva Sub mainline.  The west end of the staging yard connects with the eat staging yard in the furnace/water heater room.

The 844 enters Clinton, IA which begins the modeled portion of the layout.

From Clinton, the mainline head across the Mississippi River,

This will be northern Illinois farmland between the river and Franklin Grove, IL

The 844 enters and passes through Franklin Grove.  Franklin Grove has two industries.

Here is the west half of the Global III Inter-modal Yard

Two views of Global III taken looking east and then looking west.

More farmland between Global III and Rochelle, IL.

The excursion train enters Rochelle.  BNSF/UP interchange track and small yard is visible on the left.

Crossing the diamonds and ppassing the Railroad Park.

The industrial east edge of Rochelle.

From Rochelle the mainline will cross the Rock River.

After crossing the Rock River, the line goes through he wall to Wheaton.

 On this curve will be the Wheaton, IL Metra Station.  An industrial spur will be in the background.

From Wheaton the 844 head to Elmhurst

This will be Elmhurst.  Nice long straight away!

 View of Elmhurst looking east.

The line goes through yet another wall and enters the Proviso area.

Proviso engine facilities.

Mainline passes the Proviso Yard.

With the room being a bit longer than our old house, an extension was added east of the Proviso Yard.

Around a curve and into Maywood, IL.

East of Maywood the line crosses the Des Plaines River.

Through the wall and into River Forest, IL.

Finally the 844 enters the east staging yard.


  1. good work Daryl now the real work begins. in Clinton the tracks need ballast and scenery needs to be put down and farmland needs to be put in between Franklin Grove and the bridge plus ballasting. Global 3 Yard needs its tracks installed before you can move the intermodal trains from staging here. in Rochelle scenery needs to be installed and the signals hooked up and all the sidings on the BNSF side of the layout installed plus installation of crossings and roads. in Rock River backdrops need to be installed and the bridge itself installed plus a scene break to hide the hole. Wheaton the code 55 sectional track needs to be replaced with switches and a bypass track installed for the station plus sidings and the Canadian Pacific/ Canadian National interchange yard and industries. West Elhurst buildings need to be installed and a bridge needs placed at the east end along with crossovers at both ends of town. Proviso Yard scenery needs to be done and the old staging tracks need to be connected to the main this will serve as an on scene staging yard representing Global 2. in Maywood the tracks need to be attached so the East Local can get into the grainy and backdrops and a bridge installed plus a station along with scenery work. the final part that needs to be done is scenery work and and a backdrop representing Chicago has to be installed in River Forrest Yard which is the end of the line. good luck Daryl with the rebuild.

  2. The CN bridge (former WC, SOO) just east of the station in River Forest would be a convenient way to disguise a hole in the wall.