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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 21:55:18 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Hamilton Feeds (Hamilton, MI)

This is a layout based on an actually prototype industry located in the small town of Hamilton, Michigan. It was Marshall Stull (owner of the Small Model Railroads website) that brought the site to my attention. He thought it would make a nice prototype based small layout, and wanted to see what I could do with it. Hamilton Feeds complex is located on a company-owned spur that goes over Rabbit River on a wooden trestle, and it was that feature that Marshall thought would make an interesting addition to the track plan. Cars (mostly covered hoppers) are delivered by CSX to the run-around track and there is a single spur into the Hamilton Mill property which include three separate places to spot incoming cars. For more details about the spur and how it is operated, I would suggest reading Marshall's original post.

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TAGS: Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Single Industry, USA (States): Michigan, American Railways: CSX

User Comments:

Posted by Ed Vasser on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:23:45 AM.

Another great, yet simple plan, based on a prototype location! Love plans like this! You really captured the prototype on your plan. Love it!

Posted by Rob Chant on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:04:45 PM.

Thanks Ed! I have always had a soft spot for these prototype locations as well ... I think just modeling an existing location does adds a lot of credibility to a track plan ... my most favorite thing is if you're lucky enough to have a first hand account of how a train crew operated the trackage ... that adds so much depth to the plan.

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Posted by Joseph Mattes on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 4:56:33 PM.

Great design!

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Posted by Peter on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 9:55:18 PM.

Hi Rob, big fan of this layout which is about halfway between my hometown and my current home. I thought you might like to know that the branch all the way from the terminus in Hamilton up to the I-196 overpass in Holland ("abandoned" by CSX in 2003 and owned by Endeavor Ag since, although CSX was the designated operator) was just purchased by a brand new shortline operator, the Hamilton Northwestern, or HNW. For now they're running a single ex-UP MP15AC patch job originally built for the Milwaukee Road, GLLX 1416, which has been sitting in storage on the West Michigan RR (WMI) in Hartford for some years. A near-identical loco, GLLX 1397, is still in storage at the WMI but is due for refurbishment and delivery to HNW later this year.

There are some great pictures of the first run of the HNW here:

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