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.
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