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    Default Midwest Mega Route

    As many of you know Josh and myself along with a few others who have helped along the way are building a mega route of the Midwest! The route will eventually stretch from the Twin Cities to Chicago and beyond. The first phase of the project however is from the Twin Cities to Chicago and Twin Cities to the Twin Ports of Duluth/Superior. Here is a little update on the route status so far. I have decided to switch gears a little bit and work on the Twin Cities area instead of extending all of the routes out away from the cities. The main goal I have been focusing on is getting all of the branch lines and yards in the Twin Cities area built or rebuilt. Then work on roads on the routes that are finished. Eventually building out more once I get that all taken care of. So far I have rebuilt 100% of the CP River Sub from scratch after ripping all of it out from the Twin Cities all the way to La Crosse, WI. I will be doing the same for the BNSF St Croix Sub as well on the other side of the river when time permits. The BNSF Hinckley Sub is also 100% rebuilt as well from scratch. Here are a list of how far I have gotten on subdivisions track wise and I have started to put in some roads in some places that are finished as well.

    Most of the routes I have listed will be fairly easy to do scenery for as most of them are just trees, fields and small towns here and there along the lines so once I get tracks and roads in place it should go rather quickly with scenery.

    Here is a photo of my progress along with a map of all of the rail lines in Minnesota to kind of give you a prospective at where I am at. Obviously I will not be modeling all of these lines but most of the Eastern, Western and Northern lines I will be modeling.

    The Chicago area has a very long ways to go until it is completed but for ones who are curious this is our progress so far with the route.


    This is just a list of subdivisions I am doing throughout Minnesota and does not include Wisconsin or the Chicago area.

    BNSF List

    Hinckley Sub- 100%
    Monticello Sub- 100%
    St Croix Sub- 0% rebuilt
    Wayzata Sub- 25% rebuilt
    Morris Sub- 0%
    Marshal Sub- 0%
    Staples Sub- 0%

    CP List

    River Sub- 100%
    MN&S spur- 50%
    Paynesville Sub- 0%
    Detroit Lakes Sub- 0%
    Elbow Lakes Sub- 0%
    Withrow Sub- 100%

    CN List

    Dresser Sub- 100%
    CN to Chicago- 10%

    Short Lines

    Twin Cities and Western- 40%
    St Croix Valley RR- 100%
    North Shore Scenic Railroad- 0%

    UP List

    UP to Chicago- 0%
    UP Mankato Sub- 0%
    UP MIR Line- 100%
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