A lot of changes have occurred on the M-I since the last update. Here are several milestones…
May 2020 We undertook a major kitchen remodel tearing out walls, floor, ceiling and subfloors. Layout work was suspended for 7 months due to the construction debris and mess.
August 2020 Charlie Duckworth, a name familiar to many in the hobby, published a new book entitled The Missouri – Illinois Railroad: Missouri Pacific’s Route Though the Lead Belt and Little Egypt. This book has become the reference text for construction of this layout and is a wealth of information on this little known railroad.
December 2020 The Ste. Genevieve sub track plan was finalized (see Track Plan in above menu). Construction clutter had diminished and I was able to resume work on the layout. Although the staging yard track work had already been completed, new information gleaned from Charlie’s book prompted revisions. To facilitate loading and unloading of the ferry boat, a couple of stub tracks were converted to sidings allowing for an engine to run around the cut. This was the perfect opportunity to hand lay my first switch. Right-O-Way’s excellent cast switch parts and a #8 switch template from Jim Canter made the job easy.
The crew lounge was completed with the addition of two bookcases and a complete audio/video system allowing DVD playback and internet streaming. The two Ikea KALLAX book shelves provided plenty of space for railroadiana and mementos. I was finally able to hang some pictures also. Two sets of Ikea cabinet drawers were added to the Paint Shop for storage.