"Minnesota Heartland Western Division"
Around-the-room, with peninsula
Shinohara, Tomalco, handlaid (Fast Tracks)
urban Minneapolis, Minnesota
The S Scale Resource, Dec 2015, pg 36
S Gaugian, Sep 2001, pg 34
NASG Dispatch, Dec 1998, pg 16
Ken's backgrounds were painted by Dave Jasper, and some by Ken's wife. The layout started in one room, but has expanded into others, including new additions to the home.
A view of Lennon Bridge. This imposing structure is over the confluence of the Little Cannon Creek and the Rumansoda River.
Ken says that one of the great joys of his railroad is sharing it with their grandson.
Similar to Minneapolis, the railroads cut their line around and through the limestone plateau. In this photo, the Northern Pacific train pulling empty coal hoppers from the power plant, is waiting at the stop sign protecting the crossing of the two track mainline leading to the urban switching area. The SOO Line train is on the wye and when it reports clear, the NP train will be cleared to cross the double-track diamond and return to the NP 27th St Industrial yard.
This is looking down the street of Centralsoda toward the Minnesota Heartland yard.
Pines and Prairies Campground. This is a popular railfan spot, lots of trains, fresh air, and wildlife.
The vacationers come and go, but the sites are always spectacular.
Ken's staging tracks are the "end of the line" and the primary place where all of his railroad's traffic originates.
This beautiful display shelf is actually part of Ken's layout running through the downstairs bathroom! On the Employee Timetable, it is called "Duloo". You are seeing a reflection in the bathroom's mirror.