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Bill Giese’s Beautiful Rock Island HO Model Railroad

photos by Richard Schumacher

Bill Giese’s Des Moines Area Rock Island HO scale model railroad features highly detailed city and industrial scenes filled with cars, trucks and people. The railroad, set in the late 1960s to early 1970s, is a walk-in design with a 76-foot single track main and 24-foot branch line using DC control with two walk around throttles and two fixed cabs. The layout is completely (and beautifully) sceniced, with a masonite backdrop of painted and printed scenes and structures with building flats.

  1. Mike Kieran

    I really loved your pics, especially the Ready Mix Plant and the single stall engine house. Who made the single stall engine house?