Steve Gillett - Spaendahl Yamanee & Densum - N
The SY&D is very loosely based on Mattoon, Illinois, a central Illinois town in the period between 1955 and 1975. It operates in one of the three following scenarios: (1) the New York Central Railroad, running east/west through Mattoon between St. Louis and Indianapolis, (2) the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, where Mattoon becomes Galesburg, Ill and the ATSF runs through town northeast/southwest between Chicago and Kansas City, (3) the Illinois Central Railroad, running north/south through Mattoon between Chicago and Memphis.
The layout is a three-level, E-shaped layout. The lower level (at 40” elevation) contains a 6-track, double ended staging yard. The yard tracks are between 16.5’ and 18’ long, each able to hold a 50+ foot long train and four engines. The main level is “E” shaped, with a dog boned double track main around the outer three sides and a peninsula in the center. All track is in place and scenery is 65% complete. Temporary buildings are in place (wood blocks) until the permanent structures are built.
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