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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 20:09:46 ADT.)

N SCALE: Wisconsin & Southern RR

This modern-day Wisconsin & Southern RR layout was done in N-scale for member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layout group. I had an area up to 2'x8' to work with, and that is a lot of territory in N-sale. I decided to go with a rounded front fascia just to be a bit different. The member wanted the switching layout to be based on a small town setting in southern Wisconsin. I might have went a little overboard with the size of the town depicted, but I wanted to include enough car spots to make operations interesting. Per the member's wishes, I included a small grain elevator and some other farming related industries, along with a few other medium-sized customers. The transload area and team track would see a quite a variety of railcar types. I also include "Main Street USA" to hint of the downtown area around the station. I think this has a nice feel to it, without overpowering the space.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Theme: Single Station / Town, USA (States): Wisconsin, American Railways: Wisconsin & Southern RR

User Comments:

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 6:08:54 AM.

Hi, what kind of train would use the station? I.E. would it be some kind of diesel rail car or would it be a separate locomotive and passenger cars?

Posted by Rob Chant on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 7:20:35 AM.

Hi Liam, I don't think the station was used is the modern time-frame of this layout ... I think it was converted to a museum or some other business ... but I am not familiar with the area, so I can't say for certain. Take care, Rob.

Posted by Michael Dean on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 8:09:46 PM.

Hi Rob. Another interesting track plan. You are quite correct. I live in the general area; and none of the towns served by the Wisconsin & Southern - other than Milwaukee (though I don't believe Amtrak runs on any WSOR lines in Milwaukee) and some of the trackage they rights to in NE Illinois - currently have passenger service. However, since the WSOR is primarily made up of old Milwaukee Road and Chicago & North Western lines, one could "back-date" your plan to include passenger trains.

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