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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 19:04:45 AST.)

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: Design Feature: 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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