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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 11:41:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Milwaukee Road Beer Line

This design was originally done in April of 2018 for a 4-square foot challenge put forth by the admins of the Micro/Small Model RR Layouts Facebook group. I was asked to redo the design in a larger 12" by 96" space. The layout owner wanted to see an HO-scale switching layout based on the Milwaukee Road Beer Line, and set in the transition era in Milwaukee, WI. Since it was set in the transition era, 40-foot cars are the norm. A short diesel is assigned to the in plant switching duties, and there is a 2-foot long drop down for a switching lead.

Loads of grain, barley, and hops are received in boxcars and unloaded at the grain silo (yeast arrives by trucks). Packaging materials (bottles, kegs, cardboard boxes, etc.) are received in boxcars and stored in the warehouse until needed. Loads of coal for the unseen boiler house arrive in hoppers and go to the coal unloading shed. To make that job a bit more interesting, an idler flat car (stored on the lead to shed) is needed to get the hopper in the low clearance coal shed. So it will take a few moves to get the flat between the loco and the hopper. Product is shipped out in boxcars, and if the product is chilled, it is shipped in reefers.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Drop Down, Layout Size: Mini Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Milwaukee, Types of Industries: Breweries


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