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  1. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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  2. MadModeler

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    WOW! jawdrop
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    "A little layout with a few industries and maybe a passenger terminal"

    Amazing stuff. Would love to see this in real life.
  4. MadModeler

    MadModeler Member

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    Definitely!:D
  5. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    A lot of work whent into that. WOW!!
  6. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Trucklover,
    San Diego is much closer to you than Chicago, so get on down to Balboa Park, and check out the Model Railroad museum there. www.sdmodelrailroadm.com
  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WOW Thanks, I didn't even no about that!!!
  8. LoudMusic

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    Before I even saw your link my first thought was, "I wonder if he's seen the layout at the MSI in Chicago ..."

    HA HA HA!

    I've been there, twice! And I'm a 12 hour drive from the museaum. It's incredble, plain and simple. The work is master level and the size of the exhibit is just amazing. You can walk around it for hours and not see everything. They could probably run full sized (110 cars!?) trains and still have it look normal (probably 60 to 70 comfortably).

    Anyway, I'm going to begin posting my (38) pictures of the MSI's Chicago to Seattle mega-layout.

    Our transportation to the MSI.
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    The MSI's front door. "Flight" was their big exhibit at the time.
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    A view of the middle of the layout, pasture lands in the Dakotas.
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    A couple of Amtraks cross eachother, with auto-racks in the background.
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    My wife :) She's watching a mixed freight train cross the plains. You can see the Rockies in the background. This also shows how much physical access you have to the layout.
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    Santa Fe coal drag making its way under a bridge through the foothills.
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    Same train after the bridge.
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    Same train under the BIG bridge. Unfortunately I have no pictures of the big bridge. I think I remember it being difficult to get in the frame due to the sorounding layout.
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    Cargo ship in Seattle. Smith Tower is easily visible here.
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    A pair of BNSF locos pulling double stacks through Seattle with an Amtrak in the background. Looks like the lighting crew needs to straighten up that yard light.
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    Downtown Seattle
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    Tripple-track tunnel entrance with a siding leading to some lumber industry
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    The lumber stuffy
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    What's this? Same Santa Fe coal train headed back to Seattle. But looks like he forgot to dump his load in the East. It's headed into the other side of that tripple-track tunnel.
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    Amtrak coming around the bend. Looks like some coal cars getting loaded up in the background.
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    Chicago yard.
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    Amtrak speeding outof the city and into the plains.
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    Coal train loading up
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    Chicago burbs in the forground, Chicago downtown in the background, short double-stack rolling through the middle.
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    More of the same
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    Rows of houses
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    Another angle
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    More on the way ...
  10. jetrock

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    MSI's layout is pretty darn impressive--on a trip to Chicago a few years ago, my wife wanted to get her photo taken in front of the Sears Tower. We never found a spot for a suitable shot, so I took her photo in front of the model Sears Tower on the layout instead!

    MSI also has the Pioneer Zephyr, fully restored and visitable. Very sharp-looking--Art Deco design still looks modern today!
  11. LoudMusic

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    In downtown Chicago, the L.
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    Older buildings in Chicago
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    Tall buildings in the back from left to right starting with the black one; Sears Tower, AT&T Corporate, Chase Tower
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    Commuter train zipping by - can you spot it?
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    I'm not sure if it's proper to post the nickname for this building, but I felt compelled to post the picture of the model.
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    Lunch!
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    A good view of the model's skyline
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    Partial skyline with Rockies in the background
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  12. LoudMusic

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    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Sears Tower in HO scale
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    Amtrak litterally zooming by
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    Small town in the plains, school busses, and the Rockies on the horizon
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    More ...
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    Big Brother is watching
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    More from above
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    Chicago at night (they cycled the lights, it was nice)
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    Chicago during the day
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  13. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    man - that's great!!! :D :D :D
  14. LoudMusic

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    I'd really like to see a track plan for this beast. It's not the biggest layout I'm aware of, but it's the biggest one I've seen in person.
  15. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Wow!!! Thanks for the photo tour!!!!
    Ralph
  16. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Great Photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  17. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWW

    Thank-you so much for that photo tour. MSI's layout is truly amazing and I hope I get a chance to see it in person. :D :D

    A track plan would be so cool because there is just so much.
  18. Scoobie

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    My family and I went threw this in Chicago about 3 yrs ago, my 7 yrs son was 4 and he still talks about the layout and the Zypher. It is big!