Welcome to the Great Northern Railway Willmar Division. This HO scale prototypically-based multilevel layout features St. Cloud, MN with its varied industries, division point yard, and live NP interchange. From St. Cloud there were mainlines going in six directions, generating a large amount of traffic. Operations are supported by 5 staging yards and include time freights, locals, and passenger trains that operated on prototype in 1956. Prototype-based schedules and operating documents are used to create an authentic reproduction of GN and NP operations in central Minnesota in the mid-1950s.
Beyond St. Cloud, 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 associated industries found in central Minnesota. The NP portion of the layout supports 2 operators and live interchange with the GN.
The layout was featured in Model Railroader Trackside Photos in February 2022 and February 2023.
Click this link to see the: Willmar Division Timetable 85
Click this link to see a: Willmar Division Schematic
Click this link to see a: Willmar Division Track Plan
Map of the St. Cloud, MN, region with the modeled portion of the railroad highlighted.
Layout photos (click to enlarge):
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