Track Plan

Layout Overview
  • Name: Missouri-Illinois Railroad, Ste Genevieve Subdivision
  • Scale: O scale Proto48 (track gauge = 1.177 inches)
  • Locale: Ozark foothills in eastern Missouri
  • Modeling era: mid-1940’s to mid-1960’s — ie, steam & 1st generation diesel
  • Layout size: 36 feet x 24 feet
  • Design: Single deck, around-the-walls with peninsula
  • Operations style: Point-to-point switching layout
  • Mainline run: approximately 100 feet single track
  • Track: Hand laid code 125 with flex track in yards
  • Industry count: 9
  • Curve radius minimum: 60 inches with easements
  • Turnouts: All manual throw; #8 (mainline/yards) and #6 frogs (industries)
  • Benchwork type: Mianne unitized frame with ¾ inch Birch plywood sub-roadbed
  • Roadbed: ¼ inch Homasote with HO scale ballast
  • Track height: 52 inches
  • Control system: NCE DCC
  • Throttle types: ISE ProtoThrottle (diesels) and NCE ProCab R (steam)
  • Sound: SoundTraxx Tsunami decoders
  • Coupling: Kadee type E (700 series) couplers and magnetic air hoses
  • Adherence to operating rules: Loose
  • Crew size: 2-7 (yard, boat, road C&E and interlock tower operator)
  • Work shift: Typically 2 hours
  • Freight management: Switch lists
  • Signaling: Semaphores at interlock
  • Communications: Vintage line side telephones to interlock tower