Re: RPM Chicagoland Photos



NEB&W and the Midwest Railroad Modelers club in Batavia, started in 1977, were a couple of the early walk-around shelf type layouts.  Layout concept for MRRM layout can be attributed to Bill Neale, Bill Danaby and a host of other members.  NEB&W had some scenes depicting prototype scenes by modeled a freelance railroad.  The MRRM club in Batavia was generic midwest scenery and also freelance.   Batavia club had homemade walk around throttles using radio control airplane controllers and progressive block control.

Early layouts modeling specific prototype scenes and using some form of walk around were Jack Burgess YV and Bob Rivard's Soo Line layout based on the Twin CIties.  I'm sure others can add to the list of prototype specific layouts, with specific scenes, constructed during the 1970's.

Dan Holbrook

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