Welcome to the Mid-Continent Region of
the National Model Railroad Association
A 501(c)3 non-profit corporation
Photo: Pete Smith's Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Co. Sn3 Model Railroad by Pete
Iowa Central by Douglas Harding
HO scale Minneapolis & St Louis set in 1949 follows the original Iowa Central from Albia to Mason City
shelf design around the walls 30'x58' basement (not accessible) 300' mainline|
|Details||CVP's EasyDCC with wireless throttles, some locomotives are sound equipped|
track is flex and handlaid, primarily code 70 with code 100, 83 and 55. 30" min radius, #6 turnouts
Steam and early diesels, rolling stock is wood & plastic kits, RTR and scratchbuilt, a few resin cars.
Structures are wood, plastic, kits and scratchbuilt
Scenery is basic, minimal bare plywood.
Operations use car cards and waybills, a dispatcher and "mother may I" via radios.
- Decker Meat Plant at Mason City
- 8th St industrial switching area in Marshalltown
- multiple interchanges:
- Albia - CBQ & Wabash
- Oskaloosa - CBQ & RI
- Grinnell - RI
- Marshalltown - CNW & CGW
- Eldora - CNW
- Ackley - IC
- Mason City - MILW, MC&CL, CNW, CGW, RI
Sectional design (for ease in moving) standard sections are 6 ft long and 24" or 30" wide
1x4 grid with 2" extruded-foam
currently there are 40 sections totaling over 450 sq ft of benchwork
height is 50" to 54"
backdrop is 24" painted Masonite