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13th Jun 2020, 07:02 AM
Hello all,

Its been a while since Ive been on, but I wanted to share what Ive been doing for the past 6 years. I moved and no longer have room for a model railroad in my home, so I joined the SVMRA.

The club Is located in Minot, ND and has an N scale layout in the basement of the Minot Railroad museum. The layout occupies 3 rooms, the first measuring 23x24, the second adjoining room measuring 31x17 and a third room which contains the staging yard for the layout which is 10x14.

The first or main room has 567 feet of track. We have not checked the second room yet and the staging yard is just being finished. Our first room is set in the Dakotas and has an oil loading terminal, grain elevators and a coal fired power plant. Our second room is set in the osarks with the final wall being a major port facility like New Orleans. The second room features an oil refinery, A container ship, a large truck stop And a large port grain elevator.

The Souris Valley is a modern regional railroad With trackage rights on the BNSF and the KCS.

Ill get some pictures posted soon as I dont have any currently to post.

13th Jun 2020, 07:28 AM

Welcome back! Eagerly awaiting photos - sound like quite an impressive layout!

13th Jun 2020, 08:24 AM
And another reason to head for Minot rears up. What kind of schedule for visits is there?

13th Jun 2020, 08:33 AM
We are not currently open due to the virus situation and the rules for opening. Under normal circumstances we are open on Saturday from 10am - 2pm.

we have also opened up for arranged private visits.

16th Jul 2020, 08:59 PM
Finally managed to get some new photos of the layout.

Here are some of the first room you walk into. This room is about 23’x22’


16th Jul 2020, 09:01 PM
More photos of the first room.


16th Jul 2020, 09:03 PM
Here are some of the second room.


16th Jul 2020, 09:05 PM
More of the second room


16th Jul 2020, 09:07 PM
Final pictures of the second room


16th Jul 2020, 09:10 PM
Finally the staging yard room


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Sorry all the photos went sideways