Missabe Valley

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The Missabe Valley is an N Scale layout that runs from the Missabe Junction Yard and Ore Dock in Duluth, Minnesota, to the Roucheleau Crusher in Virginia, Minnesota. It is a transition era layout based on the Missabe Division of the Duluth Missabe and Iron Range (DM&IR).

The Missabe Valley is an 11x23 foot walk-around (walk-in) style layout, with no duck-unders. It is a folded dog-bone – with a Loads-in / Empties-out configuration creating an end-to-end layout (“rock to dock”).

Operations is casual and relaxed – with a 2 ˝ to 3-hour operating session. Car Card and Waybills route traffic. Detailed work instructions are provided for operation of each train. Layout is well labeled and uses Digitrax control - with some wireless throttles. Several of the early six-axle diesels are sound equipped. Each crew member will rotate through several of the jobs – giving a variety of operating exposure. Trains include are passenger, loaded and empty ore to/from the Crusher and Ore Dock, Proctor Road Switch, MinnTac and Virginia Turns, and more.

Superintendent Damian Kostron
Division or Location: Duluth to Virginia, Minnesota(DM&IR Missabe Division)
Interchange Railroads: NP with the Missabe Jct Yard
Size of Railroad: 11 feet by 23 feet
Scale: N
Era: Transition
Control System: Digitrax
Scale Clock Speed: N/A
Length of Session: 2.5 - 3 hours
Number of Crew: 4
Train Control: Verbal Authority
Are Radios Required: No
Listed Jobs: Dispatcher, Crew 1, 2, 3
Accessibility: Stairs to basement train room
Distance from hotel: 18 miles
Estimated travel time from hotel: 21 minutes
Web Site: None...yet
Pets: None

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