Paul Brown’s Illinois Division of the Santa Fe Railway

 

This is ATSF 90, an Erie Built, with the Grand Canyon, drifting downhill on Edelstein Hill. 

 

ATSF 3273 Mike with a reefer block climbing up Edelsten Hill.

 

 1949 El Capitan with 304 F7 lead.

Helix under construction at the half way point.

 

 Helix detail shot showing all thread and the sandwich overlap of the two layers of luan and plywood.

Upper Deck detail of spline sub-roadbed with the Homabed being installed on the double track main.

 

Turnback “blob” with all three levels.  Green is staging.  Center is Houlihan’s Curve with Edelstein Hill, and top is the future town of Edelstein.

 

Trackplan.  Not really “Lower” deck.  Actually center deck.  “Lower” of the sceniced decks.  Upper deck follows the same path.

 

 



 

Layout Evaluation

Layout RR Name

Illinois Division of the Santa Fe Railway

Owner name

Paul Brown

Address:

9015 Ridgecreek Drive

City

Indianapolis

State

IN

Phone:

317-501-3751

Email:

atsfpb1@comcast.net

Zip

46256

Website

None

Scale

HO

Multilevel? # of decks

Yes - 3

Mainline run

300 feet

Minimum radius

eased 30” main/27” siding

Typical Aisle Width

36”, but few are “typical”

Benchwork

varied

Height

+/- 31”/45”/61”

Accessible?

Not ADA

Theme, prototype, era, and location of the layout:



 

ATSF/May 30, 1949/Central ILL



 



 



 

Special Layout Design Features



 

Multi-deck (3) incl staging. Operates as a point to point with staging as a turnback loop. 7 lap double track helix. DCC, all radio. Spline subroadbed w/Homeabed roadbed. Unusual lighting touches. Staging has extensive macros.

Documentation, Orientation and Signage:

£ Fascia mounted track diagrams

£ Station names / MPs on fascia

£ Handout describing layout and

op session purpose

£ Timetable if appropriate



 

Purpose of the railroad and/or operating session



 



 



 



 



 

Scenery methods and %



 

Numerous methods/33% or so



 

Backdropjust sky so far/coved

Car Forwarding Scheme

£ Car Cards

£ Switch list

£ Computer generated

£ Tacks or markers on cars

£ Other: __________________

__________________________



 

Size



 



 

5

500 sq ft. plus

Large home or club sized

4

400 sq ft. 20’ by 20’

Garage or basement

3

300 sq ft.+ 17’ by 28’

basement

2

100 sq ft. 10’ by 10’

Small bedroom

1

50 sq ft. 5’ by 10’

Half a bedroom



 

Scenery

5

Full scenery, exceptional detail

4

Full scenery

3

2/3rd

Scenery

2

1/3rd scenery

1

Plywood Central



 

Prototype

/theme

5

Full fidelity to prototype w/minor compromises

4

Some compromises with prototype or freelance.

3

Attempts to evoke specific era/time

2

Generic era/RR

1

Mix of eras, railroads and

locations



 

Rigorousness

5

Tightly structured per prototype.

4

Closely adheres to prototype practice

3

Purposeful operations

2

Attempts at prototype operations

1

Holler and Hope” operations

Operating scheme:

£ TT&TO £ CTC £ Track Warrant/DTC £ ABS/Rule 251 £ Other:______________________

Control system:

£ DC / Block Control £ DCC / System: ____NCE___________ £ Other: ________________

Communication system:

£ 5 Channel radio £ FRS Radio £ Telephone £ Other: __________________ £ None

Number of crew positions _____5______

Other important features of operations: Steam helper district on Edelstein Hill.



 



 



 

This is a prototype-based layout, modeling May 30, 1949, east and west of Chillicothe, ILL.



 

The modeled portions of the Illinois Division are the locations of:



 

Edelstein Hill area, including the Illinois River, Chillicothe, Houlihan’s Curve,Edelstein Hill, and, of course, the town of Edelstein, plus several other towns west of Edelstein. There will be select towns with stock pens, water (steam) facilities, and grain elevators. Operations will focus on both an extensive passenger schedule as well as scheduled freight and locals.



 

Time period is late May of 1949. Santa Fe was early to dieselize, but steam was still found in quantity on the Santa Fe in Illinois in May. Edelstein Hill was a steam helper district, which is facilitated by the use of DCC radio control.



 

All three levels of benchwork are finished, complete with spline subroadbed on the two upper decks. The lowest deck is staging, which is not spline. Homabed has been laid on all of the spline, with mainline track, and almost all town and siding track also finished. A seven level, double track helix is also in place. Scenery is progressing, and you can get a taste of what is to come.



 

This is a basement layout with stairs to climb. It can accommodate about 5 to 7 guests at a time. There is plenty of room upstairs while waiting, if needed. There is a 19” pinch point where the helix meets the turn-back curve (aka: the blob). We do have a cat on board, but not allowed in the layout room.