Welcome to the Eagle River Division
“Soaring Across America’s Heartland“
In 1975, the Frisco System was reorganized into the pre-1963 divisions: Eastern, Northern, Southern, Western, Southwestern, and River. The St. Louis Sub-Division of Lindenwood Yard to Chaffee was one of the two sub-divisions. My layout was inspired partly by operations on this part of Frisco’s River Division. The name for the layout resulted from combining the Missouri Pacific Lines (Route of the Eagle) with the Frisco’s River Division. Put the two together, and you have the foundation for the fictitious Eagle River Division. Throw in The Katy (The Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR) for additional operating interest and you see the inspiration for the Eagle River Division logo which was designed for the layout by my talented son, Jake.
The original part of the layout is located in a basement room which is approximately 16 ft wide and 35 ft long. It is a double-deck layout, with 3 staging areas and 1 classification yard. Lafayette is the easternmost yard and Waldo is to the west (Think St. Louis and Kansas City). All location names are fictitious. Classification is done at South Park Terminal (but could be thought of as Cape Girardeau). Other town names along the route are Oak Hill (served by the Katy), Riverside, Eagle Jct, Westburg, Hoegaarden, and Ferritin. The Katy has its own staging area – Katydid. An additional 40 square feet of layout resides in an adjacent room – this is where Ferritin City Steel and the Ferritin Industrial Park can be found, on the east side of a very wide and muddy river.
If you count that 4 x 8 sheet of plywood on 2 x 2-inch legs that served as the base for my Lionel 027 track many years ago (and why wouldn’t you?), I guess the Eagle River Division is my fifth layout. It is my fourth layout in HO-scale. It was built for hosting operating sessions of about 7 model railroaders, including myself. Click here for more information about the layout, and here for operations information.
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