BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision

This large layout replicates present day BNSF operations between Chicago and Ft. Madison, IA. Operations are very busy, fast paced, prototypic operation, paralleling the actual volume of trains that operate over the real Chilli Sub. Scenery on the railroad is 100% complete. Method of operation is Rule 261, utilizing CTC, as well as physical interchanging of cars with seven area railroads. The schedule will consist of approximately 30+ trains and requires one Dispatcher, one Tower Operator, one Yardmaster, and ten crews for a variety of freight, intermodal, coal, grain, and local service. The railroad has been featured in several Model Railroader magazines.


Basement stairs, not wheelchair accessible, 60" duckunder

Division or Location: 

BNSF mainline between Chicago, IL, and Fort Madison, IA


High density, single- and double-track mainline;



Size of Railroad: 

25' x 50', approx. 1500 sq ft; 1000+ cars


Present day


Track: 100%; Scenery: 100%; Electrical: 100%

Control System: 

Easy DCC - CVP Products, radio throttles

Number of Crew: 

Minimum: 2; Maximum: 8

Length of Session: 

4 - 5 hours

Scale Clock Speed: 


Traffic Control: 

Dispatcher controlled CTC, Rule 261, Timetable for speed limits / locations

Radios Required: 

Radios are supplied

Listed Jobs: 

Experienced operators only, no first timers, please.
Tower Operator
Mainline crews (7 total, 1 person each)