Due to several factors, I will likely have the opportunity to move into a
larger house in the next year which substantially increase the amount of
space for my model railroading.
Because of this, I am thinking over ideas on sections of the CB&Q to model
that is different than sections already being done in my area. Looking
through old CB&Q Employee timetables, the North Market (St. Louis and West
Quincy subdivision of the CB&Q appears to have several interesting
1. The line was single track (CTC part way, ABS the other part).
2. During the early-mid 60's (the time period I would be modeling), the
line had 4 passenger trains a day and 9 scheduled freight trains a day.
3. One of the passenger runs was the Zephyr-Rocket. I've been told by an
ex-CB&Q employee that Rock Island power was used on this train every other
4. MKT shared trackage rights for part of the trackage near St. Louis and
ran four trains a day with time scheduled to do switching at Q's at West
Alton and to also do interchange with other railroads at Alton.
5. The line appears to run along the river bluffs much of the way giving
6. The GM&O secondary main crossed at Louisiana. This interchange was
written up in Kalmbach's small railroads you can model.
7. There were several moderate size towns along the way that would
provide operational interest.
Since most of trains were scheduled to run at night, I have not found
many pictures of trains and facilities on this route. I'm looking for
several things and comments on these ideas:
- If anyone has track diagrams of the various yards/rail layout in the
towns on the Q between West Alton and West Quincy, I would be interested
in getting details about these or purchasing copies of the diagrams.
- What kind of power sets would be appropriate on the MKT trains in the
- Did the GM&O station a switcher at Louisiana to handle interchange and
local work? And what was the typical power?
Thanks in advance.
Northwest - West - Southwest - Everywhere West - Burlington Route