For all of you Chicago railroad fans, I came across the latest(?) issue of "Trains" magazine and noticed the cover showed a Sante Fe Fe passenger train departing Chicago's Dearborn Station.
Well, since I own 2 post war Lionel Sante Fe F3's, 2 Erie's (Alco's), 3 Pennsylvania's (2 Williams GG's and a E7), and am looking at adding a CB&Q as well as Rock Island, B&O, and NYC....I was shocked to find a complete "high level" track plan showing which of these stations as well as the routes for all of these trains, and color coded to show what was where and along which route!
I was so excited, I took off my contact len's so I could read the magazine, jumped into bed, turned the lamp on, allowed my two Siberian Huskys to jump on to the bed too, and began reading this article.
As soon as I finished reading, I jumped out of bed, put my contacts back in, and began tearing up the unfinished upper level of my layout, and re-arranged the track so that I can now accomodate all of these road names in an area of Chicago semi-prototypically!
Whew, 2 hours and 4 gallons of sweat later all is set, except for some odd track pieces...then its on to testing and if all tests well, I can begin on the scenery.
That article in the latest issue of Trains magazine was a godsend for me!
Now....I just need Williams to release new versions of CB&Q, NYC, and Rock Island diesels for the 1940s and 50s and I have it made!
Whewhoo! (screams like a girl at a Beatles concert).
No wait, I have a CB&Q and NYC book on stations somewhere in my house.....gonna start clearing out closets, fling drawer contents, and opening boxes to find them asap!