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Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 01:41

I started this layout on Thanksgiving day 2000 and have been working on it steady since then. The layout is showing the Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin from Tunnel City to Portage in the 1950's, late steam early diesel in HO scale. It is built in two rooms and will cover a space 16' by 22' around the walls and a peninsula. Here is an overview pic of the yard in Portage. It is 2' wide and 14' long.

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I will be adding more pic's and catch up to where I am building now. I hope you enjoy the show and come along for the ride!!



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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 04:23

Closer view of the east end of the yard.

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and one of the caboose supply building.

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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby Ralph » Nov 30th, '14, 08:51

Thanks for the tour Andy. Looking forward to more! :tada:
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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby MasonJar » Nov 30th, '14, 12:28

ak-milw wrote:and one of the caboose supply building.


That's the green building? And what's in a Caboose Supply Building?

Great work! Looking forward to more photos.

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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby faraway » Nov 30th, '14, 12:53

I envy your large yard. Making and breaking trains in a yard like the prototype is more compelling than hidden staging yards as the only supply of trains.
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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby Brakie » Nov 30th, '14, 13:16

That is one sweet looking layout..I could spend 2 or more hours operating such a layout. :tada:
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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 14:15

Thanks guy's I have a lot to show.

Andrew, the caboose supply building stocked the caboose with fuel oil or kerosene for the heaters, ice for the ice boxes if equipt, bedding, food whatever was needed to keep the caboose going. Also minor repairs.



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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 14:30

Heading West through the yard you see the bunkhouse. The house was used for layovers, it had showers, lockers and beds. It is scratchbuilt using Milw. plans. I still don't know how anyone could sleep in there with all the train noise 24 hrs a day.

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a little further and you come across the extra long speeder shed and the MOW track.

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All the way on the west end is the large A frame hoist, two RIP tracks a water tower. At one time portage had five such tanks.

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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 14:38

Next to the water tank was the single stall engine house. It is built using Milw. plans. Also the sand tower, fuel tanks and some odd sheds.

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We will be leaving the yard now and to do so we travel all the way back to the East end where you see the York Coal Co. which is a Campbells kit. And you can see tracks blast through the wall.

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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby Ralph » Nov 30th, '14, 14:43

ak-milw wrote:Heading West through the yard.....

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Wow! That IS a good sized yard (color me envious!) :tada:
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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 15:47

Thanks Ralph, I never liked hidden staging, I figure if the railroads can do it in a yard so can I. The train comes in the yard gets broken up then put back together.



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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 16:03

What better a way to cover a hole in the wall but with a tunnel. Next for your viewing is the town of Tunnel City. Tunnel City is on a section that is 2' wide and 3' long with a 1' leg on the left side. The Milw. Rd. and the C&NW had tunnels and stations here. This was tunnel #1 on the way west for Milw. tunnel #2 is somewhere in Montana. Here is an overview picture.

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Some Tunnel City fun facts,
Tunnel City was named before any railroads made it this far.
The Milw had a two track mainline and a single track tunnel, the C&NW was just the opposite
The exact date excapes me but the C&NW tunnel collapsed and instead of opening it back up they just put in a switch and bought right of way using the Milw. tunnel.
Urban ledgend has it that there are two, three deck auto carriers full of new Ramblers still inside



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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Nov 30th, '14, 18:59

Here is a closer look at the stations, Milw. on the left C&NW on the right.

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just the Milwaukee station and telegraph office

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backside of the town itself

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and the last pic of Tunnel City is the 1' leg with a tractor rebuilding outfit.

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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Dec 1st, '14, 20:35

The next town east fron Tunnel City is Tomah, but before you get there you have to pass through some countryside first. This next section is 2' wide and 5 ' long and contains a hut cabin scene and a dairy farm scene. Here is an overview.

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Wisconsin has it's share of deer hunters and you can find small hunting cabins all over. Here is one I modeled.

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Re: Milwaukee Road in Wisconsin, 1950's

Postby ak-milw » Dec 1st, '14, 20:41

Some pictures of the farm,

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