About the Layout

Journey back to the 1970s as first and second generation diesels of the Frisco, Missouri Pacific, Katy (M-K-T), and T.R.R.A. railroads ply the rails.  Lots of local switching keeps crews busy at Midwestern industries.  A steel mill, scrap dealer, cement factory, quarry, brewery, various grain elevators, mill, shoe factory, food wholesaler and other rail-served industries dot the landscape.  Sound-equipped locomotive consists head manifest freights, locals, turns, extras, and a passenger train; all contributing to the operating action on this signaled, double-decked, CTC dispatcher-controlled HO-scale layout.


Name: Eagle River Division
Inspired by MOPAC’s slogan “The Route of the Eagles” and FRISCO’s route along the west bank of the Mississippi River, “The River Division”.
Scale: HO. 1:87
Period/Era: 1965-1979 Missouri, prototype freelance
Railroads: Missouri Pacific Lines (MOPAC), St. Louis-San Francisco RR (Frisco), Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR (M-K-T), and
Terminal RR of St. Louis (TRRA)
Track: Atlas Code 83 and Code 100
Turnouts Atlas, Peco, Walthers
Dispatching: CTC
Control: Lenz Easy-DCC; CVP wireless throttles
Signals: Tomar, Oregon Rail, Custom-built.   CTI Electronics Acela network.
Car Forwarding: JMRI Operations Computer-generated manifests and switchlists.  Click here to view a typical manifest. Example is for Train SPFCT – the steel mill turn.
System Map:

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Crew Size: 6 to 8
Jobs: Dispatcher, Brewery Job, Oak Hill Local, Cement & Quarry Job, Steel Mill, Industrial Park Turn, Yardmaster; Manifests, Peddlers & Coal Drags
Layout Description:






The Eagle River Division is a fictional division of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad with right-of-way along the west bank of a mighty river, from the major river city of Lafayette, Missouri to the town of South Park to the South.  Right-of-way is shared with the Missouri Pacific from South Park north to Eagle Junction.

Industries served by the Frisco include River Cement and Sulphur Springs Quarry, and the industries at South Park.  Missouri-Pacific served industries include a steel mill, a brewery, several grain elevators, and mills.  Branch lines include the Katy (MKT) and Terminal RR of St. Louis (TRRA).


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