Burlington northern - Marais Division It's not easy being' green...

Joe Kasper
Burlington Northern, Marais Division
N scale
50 ft x 50 ft
Full CRC signaled
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About the Layout

Operation so real that you can almost smell the diesel.

This mind-blowing, ego-bruising, juggernaut of a railroad will bring even an elite operator to his knees! Just consider:
  • Eighteen scale miles of fully signaled CTC main line.
  • Train jobs that take a full 30 minutes of non-stop running to complete.
  • A division yard that would rival many prototypes.
  • Hand-laid turnouts that make Swiss watchmakers cry. And none of that fasttrack stuff, either. These are full-blown Kasper MK VII Rev 2 custom-built engineered marvels, that are assembled with solder augmented with the sweat of Nobel Prize winners.
  • Trains that run so smoothly, you’d swear they were lubricated with unicorn tears.
And we haven’t even mentioned the best part: Theresa’s midwest-famous operating session snacks!

You think you have what it takes to run the “Mighty Wurlitzer”, the three-panel behemoth CTC console that makes all the magic happen? Well, give it a try, big boy. As Homer Simpson once said, “Trying is just the first step toward failure.” That dispatcher’s job once made a Navy Seal weep and abandon his post.

You call yourself a yardMASTER? Well, grab the clipboard, Bub, and belly up the fascia, because you are about to conduct a two-man orchestra in a pressure-packed performance. Whether it is sweet music or a cacophony, it all depends on you.

You like to switch? How about a local job that is NEVER finished! Three industrial zones, fifty industries, and all the butt-rubbing through-train rail fanning you can dream of.

Yes, the Burlington Northern Marais Division has a little bit for everybody. Come for the trains. Stay for the treats.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s N-scale? Can it get any better?

But don’t take our word for it. Here is what Joe’s good friend, visiting from California, recently said after an operating session at Joe’s:

Running trains at Joe's was AWESOME! I'll be back! Hugs and kisses, Arnie

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Layout at a glance
  • N Scale
  • RailCommand
  • Fully Signaled
  • CTC dispatching schema
  • Basement stairs access
  • 50 ft by 50 ft layout room
  • 600 ft of mainline track
  • 16-20 Operators (typical)
  • 0.05 percent sceniced!

Labor Day 2015 Op Session

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Bill nails the 10th Street Job!
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The joys of being a layout owner
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Hot train leaving Murray
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Massive derailment at the MKT Glen Park Yard
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Mike smells something funny at the elevator yard
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Theatrical set design 101 - paint it black if you want it to disappear
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Paul ponders potential pickups
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Rick and Steve discuss their upcoming conversion to N-scale
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This is what an 0.05 percent sceniced layout looks like
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Steve gets his fingers stuck to the ice-cold beverage can!
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Well-hung wireless receivers
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Rick moves a caboose telekinetically
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A contemplative Mike Porter thoughtfully envisions the perfect operating group for a lively session on the Marais Division.

More Layout Photos (click to open)

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Elevator Yard

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Lenexa looking south

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Lincoln, Springfield, Tulsa staging

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Murray Yard Bowl

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Murray Yard Ustick End

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North Kansas City

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Murray Yard north end

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Spring Hill

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Ustick Junction

It ain’t easy being’ green…

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