Here are a few pictures of Mike and Mary Eiden's layout.
A MRE train passes by Dairy State Farm
The Milladore Rudolph and Eastern engine house and car shop near Junction City yard.
Crops planted in Dairy State Farm.
Fresh beef is ready to be loaded into the reefer car at Champion Packing.
Cars wait to be sorted in Junction City Yard.
Junction City Yard...the caboose track holds cabooses that will be needed on the next trains.
Cattle await their fate in the stock pens at Champion Packing.
Cattle are ready to be loaded into the stock cars at Dairy State Farm.
It's wash day at Dairy State Farm. A farmer tends to the chickens.
A load of cars arrive at Hughes Ford in Milladore.
Dairy State Cheese receives milk from Dairy State Farm to make their famous cheese.
Empty grain cars wait to be loaded at ADM Grain in Knowlton.
Cars wait to be picked up from the Soo Line interchange track in Mosinee.
Consolidated Paper's Biron Division keeps the Mosinee Biron and Eastern railroad busy.
The village of Biron has a few small businesses besides Consolidated Papers, including a donut shop.
The Mosinee Biron and Eastern engine shop keeps the engines ready to go.
The shortline Rocky Run serves the rock quarry here...underneath all that rock is a helix.
Tank cars of gasoline are delivered to Sinclair Oil. They also receive kerosene, diesel fuel, and heating oil.
Several industries are in the city of Milwaukee, including Cutler-Hammer and Allen Bradley.
North American Ethanol is a huge facility in Hales Corners.
Consolidated Edison power plant receives a lot of coal to keep the generators running.
Capital Graphics in Oak Creek receives paper from Consolidated Papers, as well as other manufacturers.
A fire has broken out and the fire department is busy. People attending a wedding are watching at the church next door.
Scrap metal of all kinds are brought into Washington Salvage, where it is crushed and loaded into gondolas.
South Acadian Timber turns logs into finished lumber, some of which will go to Walton and Sons Lumber Co.
Logs from the forest are brought to the sawmill that will become lumber at South Acadian Lumber Co.
Passenger Trains run day and night, so the platforms at Grand Central Station are well lit for the passengers.
It's night time in Oak Creek...some businesses run 24 hours, especially Capital Graphics, Inc.
The Milladore Rudolph and Eastern Railroad
The story behind this railroad is an interesting one in that if you don’t have the space
to build a decent permanent layout, you dig up your entire backyard and turn a
10 ft. by 25 ft. crawlspace into a layout room! The Milladore Rudolph and Eastern
HO scale railroad is one of 4 private railroads on the layout, along with a bit of prototype
(Milwaukee Road and Amtrak). The MRE railroad, “The Dairy Route”, serves a number of industries
including Dairy State Farm, Wimme Cement, Mill Creek Country Club, Dairy State Cheese,
Protech Plastics, Hughes Ford, and it’s major industry Champion Packing. Besides the MRE railroad,
there is the Mosinee Biron and Eastern, and short lines Rocky Run, and Custer Central.
The MRE interchanges with the Rocky Run and Custer Central, and will also interchange with the
MBE. The MRE is on the lower level, and the MBE is on the upper level. The MBE serves Consolidated Papers,
Walton and Sons Lumber, Invincible Furniture and three interchange tracks; Soo Line, GBW,
and Badger Central. A three turn, 24” radius helix connects the upper and lower levels,
which has been made to look to like a rock quarry. The layout extends out into the main part
of the basement. By throwing a turnout inside the helix, the train will go out into the
main room and go to a 2 ft. by 27 ft. extension that is Milwaukee. Actual photographs of the Milwaukee skyline
were used to make the backdrop. And some of the buildings that are on the Milwaukee section are buildings
that are in Milwaukee or they used to be, such as Cutler-Hammer, Rexnord, Reinke Sheet Metal, and a part of Allen Bradley,
all serviced by the Milwaukee Road. Amtrak has a large station there with 4 tracks
for its passenger trains, which includes the Badger State Flyer. A 4 ft. by 8 ft. area
extends off of the Milwaukee section, Hales Corners, which contains North American Ethanol
and a sawmill. Another extension off of that is Oak Creek and has Capital Graphics and Washington Salvage.
The layout is DCC with the Digitrax System. The layout is HO scale, but it has a small loop
of N scale track for the Wood County Zoo train, which circles the zoo’s picnic and
refreshment area, and stops where the passengers can visit the variety of animals there.