Scale:  HO & HOn3 

Era:  1953

Key Features:

  • The Soo Line prior to the consolidation with the WC and DSS&A from North Central Wisconsin -- Sault Ste. Marie (the Soo) to Minneapolis
  • The model railroad is approximately 50’ long and from 12 to 22 feet wide It is an “around the walls” layout with a long center peninsula
  • The main line is a 200’closed loop with two single ended, “nose-to-nose” staging yards. These represent Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and Minneapolis 
  • A 100’branch represents the WC to Superior, Wisc. and the Bessemer, Mich. iron mine complex. Another branch goes to Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • There are 60 industries and spots plus four standard gauge interchanges
  • There are three classification yards
  • Track authority granted through verbal communication with Dispatcher.
  • Fast clock and Homemade car card and waybill system
  • Digitrax simples & duplex throttles
  • 9 person operating crew: Dispatcher, 3 yard masters, 3 engineers  + a spare if some road jobs take longer than planned
  • The narrow gauge Thunder Lake logging railroad transfers hardwood logs to the PSL at Robbins Junction


  • 65% complete.
  • Backgrounds are “Stamp Art” by Bob’s wife Prue

Began construction: April 15, 2000      Operating Sessions Started:  Jan 2001

Owner:  Bob Johnson

Pets: big black lapadore dogosaurus

Accessibility:  Stairway to basement with relatively high, wide, easy duck-under to enter the layout area.  For wheel chair bound visitors there is a fairly steep sidewalk to the basement level with a low step up to the floor level.

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