Photos by Richard Schumacher
The Litchfield Train Group’s 55’x44′ HO scale layout depicts the ever-gentle rolling countryside of Illinois from Centralia to Chicago. The scenery of the main room is set in the 50s/60s-era when steam engines were becoming extinct and diesel locomotives were gaining in popularity. The main room is completely sceniced. The smaller room represents 70s-era Chicago and provides additional industry destinations including an old meatpacking plant and large gravel mining operation. Operators can stage up to 14 16-foot trains in the Chicago yard. These photos were taken during the March 7, 2015 Gateway NMRA/St. Louis NRHS operating session at the layout, modern era engines and trains were run.