Rix Model Railroad Layout

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Most of our product ideas come from being involved in the hobby. This layout is the reason for many of the item’s that I have done. This layout is modeled after a real line which runs from Evansville IN. to Nashville TN., It’s called the “Henderson Subdivision”. This layout is located in the basement of my home which was built to the dimension of the layout (35 X 110 foot) so that it would fit in it. It takes 12 people to run the railroad properly but can still be run for fun with just one.

This Layout can be seen in Model Railroader magazine’s cover story in September issue 1991.

Also in Video from Allen Keller’s Great Model Railroads #9.

L&N Henderson Subdivision 

( Rick Rideout )

L&N Amqui yard
L&N Amqui yard

Here’s two shots of the beginning of the layout. (The staging yards) Trains on the right are out side of Evansville In. Waiting to come in to Evansville’s Howell Yard. Trains on the left are in Nashville’s Radnor Yard and waiting for the dispatcher to give them a signal to enter the single main line on they way to Evansville. From here you will walk some 500 feet with your train passing through many towns along the way, dropping and picking up cars from smaller yards as you go.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Howell Yard Rick Rideout

Overall view of 70 foot long hall. Evansville is on the right and Amqui TN (Tunnel). is on the left. There are a total of 5 such halls.

L&N RR Henderson Sub N. Howell Yard Rick Rideout

North Howell Yard Evansville IN.

L&N RR Henderson Sub S. Howell Yard Rick Rideout

South Howell Yard Evansville IN.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Springfield TN Rick Rideout

Springfield TN.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Springfield TN Rick Rideout

Springfield TN.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Ohio River Bridge Rick Rideout

Ohio River Bridge.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Guthrie TN Rick Rideout

Guthrie TN.

Arburg 470e

Trenton TN.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout

North Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout

North Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout

North Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout

Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Madisonville KY. Rick Rideout

Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout Rix Highway Overpass

Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout Rix Highway Overpass

Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout Rix Highway Overpass

Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout

South Madisonville Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout Rix Highway Overpass

Casky Ky.

 

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout

Crofton Ky.

L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout Scale speed recorder

Speed Recorders

I built these speed recorders with the C/MRI (computer model railroad interface. By Bruce Chubb) which calculates the trains speed as it passes through each OS section. Bruce Chubb and I were talking about how I built the recorders and how many wires it took to set the 0 to 99 digit display.  I told Bruce I did it with just two wires and how I did it. He told me it was an ingenious designs. 🙂

Union Switch & Signal CTC machine L&N RR Henderson Sub Rick Rideout

The CTC  Machine, controls all of the mainline signals and turnouts. From here the dispatcher is in control of all the traffic on the railroad. As many as 8 trains maybe on the single main line at a time. The dispatcher has to keep their mind on what their doing to prevent a train wreak.

Union Switch & Signal CTC machine L&N RR Henderson Sub C/MRI Rick Rideout

The layout is interfaced with a computer, using Bruce Chubb’s “Computer / Model Railroad Interface C/MRI”. The computer allows the CTC Machine, Signals, Scale Speedometers, Fast Clocks and Short Circuit Protection to work.

Floor plan of the 35 X 70 foot railroad room, 12 X 40 foot lounge to the right. Copied from the article from Model Railroader ®

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