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Chicago, Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad
"The Harvest Belt Route"

 

2014/2015 Flea Market Dates!

October 18, 2014

January 17, 2015

April 18, 2015

Tables are $20.00 until one week prior to the event, then they are $35.00 per table. (Note: tables are six foot in length). Helper tickets are $5.00 per person. Payments may be sent to:

Greater East Area Model Railroad Club

PO Box 0061

St. Paul Park, MN 55071
 

About our Railroad: The Chicago, Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad
Our model railroad is loosely based upon a real or prototypical railroad.  We base it upon the real cities, towns and structures along the real railroad. 

LAYOUT UPDATE!!!

Some serious reconstruction has been happened to the layout. We are working towards an improvement of not only the layout, but for those who are familiar with it, know how all the aisles came to a dead end and this has been fixed! There will be some new photos... maybe some before and after...
    Dates for 2013/2014 season are here!
Click here to jump the the upcoming fleamarket page.  There is also a map.

New!! Vendor Page
Click here to jump the new vendor page.  We would like to announce that there are floorplans and other vendor information on-line.

New!!  Video Page
Click here to view the Chicago, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in action.

The Newport Railroad club welcomes all.  If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by. If you wish to drop us a line:

Greater East Area Model Railroad Club P.O. Box 0061 St. Paul Park, MN 55071-0061
 



Club History
The Greater East Area Model Railroad Club of Newport or more simply known as the "Newport Club" is a non-profit educational corporation.  It was formed to build and operate a model railroad based on a midwest prototype railroad, for historical, educational, public and member enjoyment.  The club was founded in 1981 through the efforts of Joe Maiden, Ray Daylida and Jim Bernier.  Presently the club is composed of approximately 20 members who volunteer their time, to build, operate and display their authentic railroad models.

The time period modeled is 1950-1969.  Steam and diesel motive power will be used.  Modern day operations will also be possible.



DCC - Take a peek!!
We have had many questions regarding DCC.  Take a look at what it takes to run our railroad.  Hover the mouse over the component for a quick explantion (right now works well with Internet Explorer)

DCC Page



The following railroads are represented on the layout.  In the near future, I will be making links to other web sites such as their respective historical societies, etc.  They currently are blank.   If you do choose to click a link, use your back button to return to this page.


Milwaukee Road Dispatchers Tower

The city of Newport, Newport Businessmen and the Greater East Area Model Railroad Club were instrumental in saving this historic 1906 Dispatchers Tower.  Built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road).  The tower was used a Dispatchers Office for the Milwaukee, Rock Island and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads.  The Newport Tower was moved December 11, 1984 from the Milwaukee Railroad property to a site east of the model railroad club.  It stands on the west side of the old Rock Island, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and CP Rail right-of-ways from the Twin Cities to Chicago.  It is an excellent place to view present day prototype railroading from a piece of past railroad history.

Exterior restoration was 90% completed in 1992.  The second floor will be restored to its original state. All 48 levers have been installed.  The ground floor will become a "mini-museum" of railroad history in the Newport and Twin Cities area.  The tower will be open periodically, until the interior has been restored, at which time a regular schedule will be published.  Recently, the tower has been a stop for the Newport Historical Society tour. Underplanning is an N-Gauge modular layout representing the track that the tower controlled in the Hay Day of railroading.

Click here for a picture of the tower in 1962.



WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?
Old Town Hall, 600 7th avenue & 6th street, Newport, Minnesota 55055.  Monday evenings (7:00 - Close) as work nights. Friday evenings (7:00- Close) as open running for members and sponsored guests. Coming soon will be prototype operations on the 4th Friday of each month.Click here for a map.



Need More Information?
� Upcoming Railroad Fleamarkets
� Club membership information
� How to contact us (comments, questions, and anything else that occurs to you
     to us via e-mail ic_geeps@yahoo.com.)  


This page last updated on Dec. 10, 2010.
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