NCR Clinton River Division Member Layouts
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MIO Railroad System
90' Shelf and Peninsula
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The Move It On
(MIO) Railroad System is an N Scale 90-foot shelf/peninsular model
railroad layout with 315 feet of mailine, siding, and yard trackage.
It has 262 feet of mail line with 5 yards: Pontiac
(passenger/freight), Chicago (passenger), Flint Yard, Lexington Yard,
and Ft. Harris Yard. The layout is DCC (NCE System) and is
designed for operating sessions.
The MIO System's logo is "The Community's Link to Outside Markets" as
it provides service to nine communities depicting a Midwest section of
the United States in the 1960's-70's period. It is based loosely
on the New York Central and includes towns which hold special memories
or significance. Industries and shops are named for friends and
The North Montana Line
(MILW & GN)
16' x 24'
North Montana Line was a prototype division of the Milwaukee Road in
Central Montana. Indeed it was the only division (the Rocky
Mountain Division) that had their offices anywhere other than on the
main line. The 275 mile branch extended northward from the
east-west trunk-line from Harlowton to Lewistown to Great Falls and
beyond serving about 50 communities, providing transportation for
grain, livestock, and the commercial vendors of the area.
I model the branch as it appeared in 1953, which was the final
year for steam and the beginning of dieselization. For the whole
of its existence the North Montana Line was a "dark line", so Timetable
Train Order operations were standard. What is now left after the
MILWs fallen flag are segments used by the Central Montana Railroad
shortline and BNSF. Otherwise, the track is removed and the most
visible remnants are the signature art deco stations at Lewistown and
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Rochester & Richmond
33' x 16'
The Rochester & Richmond is a freelanced
railroad in Appalachia region in the late steam era, with steam locos
the primary power. Completed scenery ranges from industrial
towns to mountains and includes a winter scene.
Bailey's Boats and Bait
14' x 6'
Wheatland Junction and Bailey's Boats
and Bait are portable modules built to the Free-mo standard. This
standard is based on point-to-point transportation rather than
continuous oval running like N-Trak and the NMRA HO module standards,
thus allowing modules to be any length and shape so long as the
joining end-plates are compatible and a few other track and
electrical rules are met. Wheatland Junction, which is over 14'
long, represents a small midwestern town any time between the 1960's
and today. In addition to the main line, it includes a passing
siding, a short team track, an industrial spur, and a branch line
junction. Bailey's Boats and Bait is a short companion module
designed to continue the branch line around a 90 degree corner.
Bailey's is a river/lake scene featuring a bridge and a boat
and bait shop. An extensive description of these modules
appeared in the July 2014 issue of NMRA Magazine.