Great Northern, Willmar Division

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Great Northern LogoHO scale prototypically-based multilevel layout features St. Cloud, MN with its varied industries, division point yard, and live NP interchange. Other towns faithfully modeled include Waite Park, Rockville, Cold Spring, Richmond, Clearwater, and Monticello, MN, featuring typical Midwestern small town traffic and industries (grain, lumber yards, coal dealers, fuel dealers, feed mills, etc.) along with the granite quarries and industries found in central Minnesota. The NP portion of the layout supports 2 operators and live interchange with the GN. Operations include time freights, locals, and passenger trains that operated over the prototype in 1956 and are supported by 5 staging yards


Superintendent Rich Remiarz
Division or Location: Willmar Division, Central Minnesota
Interchange Railroads: Northern Pacific
Size of Railroad: 1170 square feet
Scale: HO
Era: September, 1956
Control System: Digitrax
Scale Clock Speed: 3:1
Length of Session: Three hours
Number of Crew: 15 to 17
Train Control: Timetable and Train Order
Are Radios Required: Provided for dispatcher, operators and yardmaster
Listed Jobs: GN - Dispatcher, 1 or 2 station operators, 1 yardmaster, 3 yard switchers, 6-8 engineers
NP - 1 local switcher & tower operator, 1 road engineer
Accessibility: Stairs
Distance from hotel: 11 miles
Estimated travel time from hotel: 18 minutes
Web Site: {None...yet}
Pets: 1 non-allergenic Dog

Layout photos (click to enlarge):

No 12 east of St Cloud
Tail end of X249 West near Monticello
Train 603 passing No 26 west of St Cloud
X178 East in Waite Park
X178 West passing through Waite Park
X602 East Switching Shielly-Petters

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