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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