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Please enjoy our Club Members' Railroads shared with us over the years. 

The EBW Railroad

Host: Milt Engelke

The EBW is named after the functional railroad of my childhood home in southern Wisconsin. My uncles assured me the initials meant Empty Both Ways.
It has been under construction since 2013 but running a railroad which is divided into multiple sections including:
A) an elevated multiple dog bone design with tunnels, bridges and trestles, with elevation changes, reverse loops and multidirectional track powered control system – Custom engineered with 20 power blocks and similar number of switches involving more than 120 relays. This section is designed for narrow gauge with the largest operational unit being a three-truck shay to date. Total track footage approximately 600 feet.
B) the second flatter section is a double cross over loop of approximately 800 feet with reverse capabilities also with 20 power blocks and multiple switches and sidings to accommodate large format 2 – 4 trains running simultaneously. Section includes tunnels and bridges These two sections are connected by a triple spiral with 2.5% grade. The power base is track; however, it will also accommodate battery and steam.
C) And as a special bonus we will have on display an operational mobile train setup (three separate tracks) with more than 1000 figures including circus mobiles, 1/24 automobile collection, motorcycles, a menagerie of features; all being mounted on an 8′ by 25′ trailer which is used frequently for fund raisers, birthday parties, local civic events and in general entertainment.

Handicap accessible.

The Underground Railroad

Engineer: Joe Chesney
Power: Track and Battery/RC

This large garden railroad is partly outside and partly in the basement of the home. It is one of the oldest garden railroads in our club. Entering this phenomenal scene under the Chesney home, you are confronted with a virtual stage effect as controlled lighting picks out scene after scene in this natural hillside. Off to the left a staging area is reminiscent of turn of the century railroad stations. Trains then travel outside through a hole in the wall to the outside portion of the railroad. This portion includes a water feature, a mine, and bridges. This layout is loaded with details and is a favorite of return summer tour attendees.

Handicapped accessible.

Union Pacific Paradise

Hosts: Robert Maxwell and spouse, Linda Carr
Power: On-board batteries

This Union Pacific “short line” is graced with both shade and sun. The time is that of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, when World War II was a fading memory and steam-powered transportation was still king of the railroads. Even so, the youngest and newest diesel-powered freight engines were slowly but surely taking the place of steam.
Our short line is typical of the many small railroads that serviced towns, forest lumbering, and farming communities along the Pacific coastal ranges of the western United States.
The engines and rolling stock that you see here are typical of the era.
We hope that in your visit here, you will enjoy your step into yesteryear.

Unfortunately, our small setting cannot accommodate handicapped accessibility.


Whiskey Creek and Bear Mountain Railroad

Engineers: Ron and Merlene Bacon
Scale: 1:32, 1:29, and 1:20.3
Power: Battery/RC and Live Steam

WWWI Railroad

Engineers: John and Meredith Stiger
Power: Battery

Located on a steep slope overlooking a small lake located 70 feet below, the WWWI Railroad is the result of the owner’s determination to access the rich natural resources located at various locations on the slope. A large deposit of shale suitable for the production of cement was the first project. To access this deposit and the cement plant nearby, a series of bridges and a serpentine track route was constructed. Later, a large deposit of rich ore containing silver, zinc and lead were discovered, requiring a further extension of the track. Finally, in the valley below, grain farms that formerly had to truck or wagon out the products were now accessible to WWWI lines.
A series of bridges including a functioning Bascule type drawbridge 8 feet in length and a Howe Truss Bridge some 24 feet long and a total of over 1,000 feet of track have been necessary to create this railroad. Battery-powered diesel locomotives provide motive power. Structures are mostly scratch-built from plans from Brewer and others.

Not wheelchair accessible. Steep stairs could make access hazardous for those who are physically challenged.

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