Chicago & Iowa Subdivision


ROCHELLE                         Mile Post 83.25

We have tried to model Rochelle as prototypically as possible.  Just like the actual railroad, our layout features the double track mainline for about 35 feet through our model of Rochelle.  The major industry in Rochelle is California Packing Corporation, with both plants #109 and #110 located on the layout.  The second most active industry is Rochelle Asparagus. Both the canning facility and the warehouse are modeled.  All three of the Doyon-Rayne businesses are modeled.  This includes the grain elevator, the coal yard and the lumber company.  Additional industries modeled in Rochelle include American Oil Company, Caron Spinning and Quest Redi-Mix.  The CB&Q stockpens, team track and loading ramp have all been included.  The C&NW Railway crosses the Burlington in Rochelle and this has been modeled as well.  The Burlington interchange with the C&NW has been modeled and adds more realism to the operations in Rochelle.


Oregon Turn




FLAG CENTER                                                                Mile Post 86.35     

Flag Center is where the double track through Rochelle ends, and the single track main line west to Savanna is fully signaled and controlled by the Dispatcher.  The branch to Rockford, the Chicago, Burlington & Northern leaves the main line at Flag Center.  There are two industries in Flag Center, the CB&Q stock pens and Flagg Grain Co.


Flag meet


OREGON                                                                                  Mile Post 98.43

Oregon is an active town on the railroad with several industries that are all switched by the “Oregon Turn,” a way freight that originates every day at Eola and works all of the industries in Rochelle, Flag Center and Oregon.  The largest industry in Oregon is the Carnation plant.  The Carnation plant produces canned evaporated milk.  The Carnation plant receives cans form manufacturers in Chicago and Milwaukee.  The final product is shipped out in insulated reefers.  The plant’s boiler plant receives 1-2 hoppers of coal every week.

The second most active shipper in Oregon is the National Silica plant.  The sand plant ships on average 5-6 loads of sand every day, with most of this traffic being shipped in 34’ twin covered hoppers.  Some of the sand is bagged and shipped in boxcars.

In Oregon the short 7-mile branch line to Mt. Morris leaves the C&I main.  The major shipper in Mt. Morris is Kable Printing.  Kable Printing ships magazines and catalogs all over the country.  The printed material leaves Kable Printing in baggage cars, express cars and express boxcars. Kable Printing receives cars loaded with paper and printing ink.  Kable Printing also receives hoppers loaded with coal for its boiler plant.

Additional industries in Mt. Morris include H.E. Coffman Grain, Buser Concrete Construction, Mt. Morris Elevator, and the ever present CB&Q stock pen.




SAVANNA STAGING                                               Mile Post 143.68

 The C&I Subdivision ends at Savanna Staging.  Savanna will have a nine track staging yard when it is completed.  This is the last remaining construction project on the layout.  We should get started on the Savanna staging yard in the next year.


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