As you can see there's a new
dog on the line. Our Milwaukee Special now has a big brother, the Hiawatha! When
it's running either lead, follow or get out of the way because the Hiawatha is
not going to be delayed for anything.
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Merry Christmas & happy New Year Everyone! This
years Christmas train was a bit of a challenge given the necessity
to down size so we could accommodate some special needs. Mom
recently went through a hip replacement and we needed to allow more
open space for her walker.
We decided two simple circles of O 31 RealTrax on a
46" X 34" platform would be about the limit of the layout. We
incorporated our KW Transformer to operate the Lionel MPC era
Milwaukee Special on the openupper level and Southern Crescent on
the lower level with a tunnel. It turned out to be very satisfying
and enjoyable setup. Though not as extravagant as years past the
experience of having a Christmas Tree lit up above the trains is a
tradition that can never be beat no matter how simple the lay out.
To view previous years Christmas Displays follow
We Wish You All A Merry Christmas And
Very Prosperous New Year!
threaten Village of Cheesy Falls officials and Fire Fighters with
Cheesy Fall's Fire
Fighters have their priorities and the Federal Government isn't among
them. Though an arsonist struck the 1RS office building in the Village
early Saturday morning the local Fire Fighters didn't allow that to
deter them from continuing to fill the local ice rink.
When asked if putting
out the nearby fire wasn't more important than filling the ice rink.
Fire Fighter Sydney Piker replied "Are You Kidding, we're here for
the children! Look at the faces of these kids, they wait all year
for this event and we don't intend to disappoint them. I'm sure if we
went over to tend that fire the media would be all over us for
disregarding the needs of the children." Besides property values in
the Village have been tanking ever since they built that building,
letting it burn is sure to reverse that trend."
blames Conservative Talk Radio For 1RS Arsonist, Locals Praise Mike Wolf
While the National
Media blames conservative talk radio hosts for encouraging the arsonist
whom set the 1RS office building a blaze Saturday morning, local
residents have different ideas. They're planning a tribute to Model
Railroad entrepreneur Mike Wolf, who is being credited for doing more
than any other person in the Country to turn the trend of a plunging
real estate market in the Village of Cheesy Falls. Though no evidence
supports the belief, the citizens of Cheesy Falls think Mr. Wolf is the
man behind a T@x Revolt movement which they say was the inspiration
that triggered the arsonist to act.
Since the 1RS stated
it had no plans to reoccupy the property Saturday afternoon the
Village's Chamber of Commerce and local real estate offices have been
bombarded with calls from small businesses and individuals asking about
availability of vacant properties.
Immediately after the
arson fire, the 1RS announced it had no plans to rebuild the structure
and instead were looking to relocate to the former Dewey, Cheatum &
Howe building in the nearby town of Apathetic. 1RS Officials say the
town is perfect place for their operations as the residents all
share a philosophy they like to see in their clients. The move is
expected to be quick and efficient because there is no need for
modifications to the new location. Even the existing signage is suitable
for their operations, which is expected to save Tax Payers 2.3
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The 2009 Christmas Season is here and with it comes a new layout for us
to enjoy all year long.
As you can see it consists of four separate loops stacked on top of each other,
so we'll be able to run a variety of trains simultaneously.
The top two tiers are small O27 loops. The second tier is O36 and the
bottom tier is O48. You can see all the way through the second and third
tiers. We covered the bottom of the top two levels with white
packing paper. This promotes reflection from the different illuminated
cars as they roll around the layout creating a magnificent light
We also experimented with with some noise dampening techniques by
sandwiching the sheets of plywood between layers of double wall
corrugated cardboard. A bonus in using the corrugated material was being
able to bank the turns on the O27 track without using individual shims,
which lessons the chances of derailments.
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I didn't believe three mainlines would fit on a70" X 48" layout. One
evening while browsing Choo Choo Auctions I noticed an auction for a Milwaukee Special set that was about to close with no bids.
Just what we needed another Milwaukee Special. On a lark I placed the minimum bid and
won the set. It came with some unused O 27 track. So for kicks I checked to see if it would fit on the existing layout. The
tolerances were pretty tight but it fit. That's why we now call the inside loop on our layout the "Accidental Railroad."
It's a lot of fun running three trains at a time on a small layout.
You can see how the "Accidental Railroad" fits in with the
other rail lines by viewing
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We've been looking forward to adding the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha to
our line up. Thanks to Jim Sutter at Jim's
Train Shop in Homer City, Pennsylvania and his excellent prices we
were able to make the acquisition possible.
Our new 4/8/4 Hudson Hiawatha passenger train is a model of the train
that took Carl Dovis Rogers Jr. and his new bride on their honeymoon.
The day after they were married they departed Chicago for the Wisconsin
Dells on the "Morning Hiawatha" June 15, 1946.
This train also compliments our genealogy studies in that Carl Dovis
Rogers spent most of his career with the railroads working for the
Milwaukee Road until he retired.
The F7 4/8/4 Hudson, Hiawatha was one of the last steam locomotives put
into service. It broke many speed records and set the standard for luxury
in rail travel.
You can see the transition from the Milwaukee Special to the Hiawatha
here to see some of the unique features of the new Hiawatha.
You can also watch the train running
Postcard is a memento from Carl Dovis and Peggy Rogers' honeymoon
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Were slowly shaking away the Cheesy System. As you can see
we've added some ground cover and acquired a new freight line. The
Southern Railway is merging with the Milwaukee Road.
Dad retired from the Milwaukee Road and his Father retired from the
Southern. Because they both shared the same name we are now introducing
our new Rail Company the "Carl Dovis Rogers Life Line" or "CDRLL"
As you can see because of our new acquisition the rail yard in the
middle of the layout is getting pretty full. It will soon be over
flowing with Motor Power and rolling stock once all the equipment
We're going to spend the next few months working on purchasing more
space and road bed to accommodate the new merger.
The searchlight cars the Southern Freight brought along to the merger
really helps highlight the upper mainline and Milwaukee Special that
runs along it.
This new merger hasn't been without its problems.
Partisan fighting between the two Railroads over jobs, yard space, rail
lines and power sources have been our main focus of late and have been
preventing us from moving forward in the transition.
settle these arguments the CDRLL held the “Great Train Race!” At
stake were the final decisions to all the arguments that have been
blocking our movement forward. The Milwaukee Road’s “Milwaukee
Special” faced off against the Southern Railway’s “Crescent
Limited”. It was an exciting event hosted by the late Buck Owens and
posted the video here
Missing from the video is the little guy in this picture Trying to
hold the Southern Crescent back in its second go around the track.
You can view this new layout
in action running
at night and running during
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The Cheesy System is proud to announce we've
placed the new mainline for our Milwaukee Special on a pedestal of Ice.
This isn't an easy thing to maintain in Central Florida, but thanks to
new breakthroughs in acrylics the rail line is relatively trouble free.
The roadbed was cut from a sheet of acrylic 1/4" thick. The six sections of trestle consist
of various lengths of 1/8' acrylic 6" high with 2" wide supports
clued at each end to form a
"Z" configuration. This system is very sturdy with absolutely
no sway or sagging.
Because of the small size of the layout 69" X 48, acrylic is an
excellent choice for the trestle system. There's limited visual
obstruction to the rest of the layout. The reflective qualities of the
material makes up for the lack of accessories with constantly changing
Other additions to the layout include the raising of the lower level
with some stubs of 2 X 4s allowing the wires to be easily fed
under the layout to the transformers. It also provides storage for track
cleaning supplies and tools. We also added two Lionel rotating beacons
and a Lionel 1033 transformer. And of course the Cheesy System billboard
with our mascot Cheesy munching on some cheese in the center of the big
As you can see we've retired Mt. Heston. But still retain the air
whistle in the center of the layout for our freight operations.
You can watch videos of the trains running during
the day and running
I’m proudly sharing
my first model train layout with y’all. The Cheesy System is a
lesson in efficiency measuring 48” X 69”. Notice the stretegery I
used to provide access to the bathroom and underwear drawer by cutting
out the corners of the layout.
Milwaukee Road SD18 doesn't have a horn so I improvise with air whistle
seen standing in the center of the track next to the Hiawatha billboard.
Some people may think the whistle isn't appropriate for a diesel but I
don't care these are after all toy trains.
was preparing to lay down the new mainline of a O27 track to accommodate
my Milwaukee Special the evening it arrived when the power went out.
Luckily my battery operated billboard provided enough light to find a
flashlight. With a few cordless tools, I was still able to put down the
track and thirty minutes later when the power returned we were ready to
I decided I'd add a mountain to the layout it took fifteen seconds to
pull the Charlton Heston kite off the wall and lean it against the
dresser. If I ever decide to put a tunnel through Mt. Heston, I figure
it will take about five seconds to lean it over the track.
love the "Cheesy System" alterations are fast and easy leaving
more time for operations.
can see the Cheesy
System in Action!
|This was our 2008 Christmas layout. The top tier is the G gauge
Snowden Christmas set from 1997. The middle tier is G Gauge Southern
Steam set. Both of these sets are battery operated, The Southern set is
On the floor is the debut of our Lionel O Gauge Milwaukee Road
consist SD 18. Mom's Teddy Bear Collection fills up the inside of the
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