Tower Junction Railroad

John Gornick

  • Style: Proto-Free Tower Junction Railroad (DMIR)
  • Era: Summer 1960
  • Scale: HO
  • Size: Double Decked 10' x 11'
  • % Benchwork and Track: 100%
  • % Scenery: 5-10 %
  • Control: MRC Prodigy Advanced 2 DCC
  • Access: 2nd Floor - Must be able to walk up stairs
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Room capacity: 4-5


The Tower Junction railroad is a proto-freelanced railroad based on the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway operations in Tower-Soudan and Ely, Minnesota.  When completed, there will be a few faithfully modeled prototype locations and the remainder of the railroad will be free lanced but operationally correct based on the Missabe’s operating practices.  The railroad is an iron ore hauler and features ore drags and mine switching along with some general freight and pulpwood operations.   There are two modeled mines (the Soudan in Soudan, MN and the Pioneer in Ely, MN) as well as several pulpwood loading locations and some other minor industries.

The track is hand-laid on CVT tie strips and the turnouts are all built using Fast Tracks jigs.  It features a double track helix and LED light strips for layout lighting.  All turnouts are manual throw using 3 way light switches for power routing.  There is a visible staging yard that can store up to four trains and also allows for continuous running.  It is designed with operations in mind but is not far enough along to actually host operating sessions yet.  When ready, it will support 2-3 crews based on my current plan.