Trainfest Photos
Of Operating Model Railroads
At The Milwaukee 2010 Show

Photos I took during the Trainfest 2010 weekend are posted here. This includes photos from the show and of other top notch layouts in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. I was fortunate to visit Mark Preussler's terrific Soo Line. Trainfest videos. As there is a lot of material from the weekend I've broken it up on several pages.

Mark Preussler's Soo Line

Soo Line Operating Rules
Soo Line model railroad rules

Mark's layout occupies an approximate area in his basement of 42 X 25 feet. Power is by NCE Procabs. Operations is by RailOps switchlists.  Secenry is almost complete. There are a few areas that are still to be finished.

He models familiar Soo Line places like Fond du Lac, Waupaca, Dale, Medina Junction, Manitowoc, Collins, Neenah and West Neenah, Hilbert Junction, Oshkosh and Stevens Point. There's a wonderful barge loading scene that is under construction. I've tried to capture individual buildings and scenes. Lots of inspiration here! Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

model railroad factory model railroad barge apron model railroad barge
model railroad Sinclair Oil model railroad factory siding model railroad rural road
model railroad farm model railroad rural bridge model railroad rural stores
model railroad rural station model railroad Gulf Oil dealer model railroad coal tower
model railroad highway bridge model railroad Valders Canning model railroad rural crossing
model railroad DPM factory model railroad Reliable factory model railroad road crossing
model railroad Reliable factory and street model railroad town street crossing model railroad church street
bridge and tunnel model railroad engine terminal model railroad turntable
model railroad coal yard model railroad coal mine model railroad country bridge
model railroad icing platform model railroad fuel dealer model railroad fuel dealer
model railroad Waupaca Home Supply model railroad country structures model railroad trackside signals
model railroad oil tanks model railroad water tower model railroad curving track scene
model railroad Valders Canning plant model railroad Ford dealer scene model railroad downtown street

David Paquette's HO scale Chicago and Northwestern

David's model railroad is a point-to-point line that portrays the CNW from dePere through Appleton to Green Bay. It's double-decked with a helix.  At the time I saw it the layout  was only about half-scenicked but operated well. Below are a few of the scenes he was working on.

model railroad factory complex model railroad town scene model railroad lumber company
model railroad farm model railroad factory model railroad street
model railroad DPM factory complex model railroad town scene model railroad lumber company
model railroad factory scene

Lee and Gloria Bauer's HO scale Northwestern Lines

Lee and Gloria were with us at our Craftsman's Corner at Trainfest 2010.  They live in Racine, Wisconsin. We were invited for dinner and to see their layout.

It occupies a space of 13 by 24 feet.  Gloria did clinics about painting figures at our Trainfest booth area. She has populated their layout with hundreds of people. The buildings, many from familiar kits, are amazing the way they are grouped and Lee has lit most of them. By the way, Trainfest has started an online newsletter in 2011. It includes articles. There's one by Gloria explaining her methods in the January 2011 issue.  Go to www.trainfest.com for the free newsletters.  

I've tried to capture the essence of what they have done in these photos. Enjoy. I also put together a video. Videos are on another page.  Use the link at the bottom of this page.

model railroad hotel model railroad mill building model railroad factory night scene
model railroad apartments model railroad machine shop model railroad city at night
model railroad factory flats model railroad city at night scene model railroad bridge at twilight
model railroad icing platform model railroad night lights model railroad Wicked Wanda's
model railroad bus terminal model railroad lighted buildings model railroad Bus terminal and Wicked Wanda's
model railroad cityscape model railroad industrial area model railroad hotel and structures
model railroad diesel shop model railroad fuel dealer model railroad Texaco tanks
city street model railroad manufacturing facility model railroad roundhouse
model railroad mill building model railroad city view model railroad downtown scene
model railroad inside diesel shop model railroad factories downtown by railway yard
model railroad yard view model railroad city overview Armor factory
model railroad railway yard model railroad country stores model railroad scrapyard
model railroad Gulf Oil model railroad store model railroad track office
model railroad Alpine town model railroad roundhouse model railroad diesel servicing


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