Missabe Northern Railway

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The HO scale Missabe Northern Railway is essentially two railroads joined at the hip in Duluth, MN, their eastern-most terminus. The main deck (Mainline Division) runs railroad-west from Duluth to the Twin Cities Terminals of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The other line (Iron Range Division) climbs Proctor Hill west out of Duluth to an upper deck that represents running from Proctor railroad-west to the Mesabi Iron Range on mixed DM&IR and GN facilities.

Power is 95% steam under back-emf control, some with sound. 4200 feet of hand laid code 70 track on spline roadbed with 565 scratch-built-in-place turnouts are complete as of July, 2017, representing about 98% of planned trackage.

All passenger and freight trains do at least some switching. Most interchange railroads are working railroads with their own switching to perform.

Click this link to see the: Welcome Missabe Northern Railway Recruits document in PDF format. (Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent required to view)

Click this link to see the: Missabe Northern Orientation document in PDF format. (Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent required to view)

Superintendent Jeff Otto
Division or Location: GN Mesabi Div. and DM&IR Missabe Div.
Interchange Railroads: CB&Q, NP, SOO, Minnesota Transfer; Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern; Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific; Mesabe Southern
Size of Railroad: 64x90 ft "L" shape - 3700 sq. ft.
Scale: HO
Era: early 1940s
Control System: Digitrax with 100% radio throttles
Scale Clock Speed: 4:1
Length of Session: 4 hours
Number of Crew: 36
Train Control: Telephone Warrants
Are Radios Required: No
Listed Jobs: Dispatcher, 3 true yardmasters each managing 3-4 switch engine jobs, 32 throttle jobs with heavy emphasis on switching of all types.
Accessibility: Stairs, access to walk-out door optional
Distance from hotel: 38 miles
Estimated travel time from hotel: 45 minutes
Web Site: {None...yet}
Pets: None

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