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In the deep night time, engine 545, the local switcher, waits under the coaling tower for the arrival of the next train she'll have to work in Laurel in late autumn, 1942.

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The CB&Q in Wyoming (my home state) started life there in the late 1800s as an extension of the CB&Q from North Platte, Nebraska, through Scottsbluff, Nebraska and (all in Wyoming) Torrington, Wendover and into Orin, where it met the C&NW (while that line was still, perhaps, part of the Fremont, Elkton & Missouri Valley RR - I'm not sure), and ran parallel to it through Douglas to Casper (where the CB&Q had a pretty big yard, plus a big icing facility). A few years later, the railroad built on westward from Casper. It paralleled the C&NW closely from just west of Casper to Powder River (on the bank of the South Fork of the river of the same name), then parted ways with the C&NW and built along the northern edge of the Wind River Basin, following Alkali Creek to the Badwater River to the Big Horn River. At the Big Horn, the CB&Q turned north and built through the Wind River Canyon. Exiting the north end of the canyon, the CB&Q passed through Thermopolis, then went on to Worland and Lovell. The line finally left Wyoming near Frannie, which became a junction for the Cody stub branch. From Frannie the mainline ran north to Laurel, Montana, where it terminated at an interchange with the Northern Pacific.

My HO scale railroad is a representation of this line, combining a trip down memory lane (I lived in several different towns that the Burlington passed through, and much of my family's travels through the state when I was a kid were on the highways paralleling its lines) with nostalgia for the past. Most of my memories are from the early to mid 1960s, but because of my love of the steam era, the model railroad is placed in the 1940s.

I could go on and on, and do in the sections describing the layout and track plan in detail. At the top left are all the site navigation buttons. Most are self-explanatory, and for the ones that might not be, try them and see where you wind up!

I try to update the site every few months, with new prototype photos and information, and (hopefully) new layout information as well.

So don't be a stranger - drop by often and see what's new!

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