The Milwaukee Road, Hastings & Dakota Div.

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The Milwaukee Road Hastings & Dakota (H&D) Division models a portion of the old Milwaukee Road’s H&D Main Line between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota in August of 1954.
Operation consists of various scheduled time/way freights & passenger trains, plus numerous extras and locals (called respectively "Dead" freights and "Patrols" in Milwaukee Road parlance). Scheduled trains are consistent with the actual H&D Employee Timetable for the period. Almost all trains do some work en-route, even passenger trains.
East of Minneapolis, trains from the LaCrosse & River (L&R) Division, as well as some thru trains off the H&D, run to/from St Paul, Minn (staging yard for trains to/from points east & southeast). West of Aberdeen, trains run to/from Roscoe, So Dak (staging yard for trains to/from points west & southwest). There is also a "live" branch line to Fargo, North Dakota, and interchanges with two other branch lines en-route.

The numerous way freights and "Patrols" perform lots of switching duties at major terminals and towns along the way. All together, there are 163 car spots at on-line industries and en-route branch line staging/interchange tracks have another 21 cars spots. A realistic demand based car card and waybill system is used. Scenery is underway and almost all structures are in place. There are over 425 freight cars and 90 passenger/express cars in service.

Crew lounge, refreshment area and restroom are all adjacent to the layout room with a full library of railroad books and videos to peruse between trains.

Superintendent Randy Nord
Division or Location: Hastings & Dakota Division (located in Minnesota & South Dakota)
Interchange Railroads: C&NW, CRI&P, M&StL, Soo Line
Size of Railroad: 450’ mainline (mostly single track w/passing sidings) on 3 decks in a 17’ x 27’ room
Scale: HO
Era: August, 1954
Control System: Easy DCC (all radio throttles)
Scale Clock Speed: 4:1
Length of Session: 3 hours
Number of Crew: 7
Train Control: Verbal Authority
Are Radios Required: Yes (but provided by layout owner)
Listed Jobs: Dispatcher, Mpls Yard Master, Mpls Switch Crew, Aberdeen Yard Master, 3 Road Engineers

Layout Photos (click to enlarge):

Minneapolis Depot & Yards
Minneapolis Engine Terminal and East Industries
Minneapolis West Industries
South Minneapolis Interlocking
South Minneapolis Industries
Milbank Depot & Industries
Ortonville West Industries
Milbank Industries
Aberdeen Yards
Aberdeen Stock Yards
Aberdeen Yards
West Staging Yard
Ortonville Depot

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