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MR&T questions
Posted by chatanuga on Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:27 PM

I ordered one of the MR&T boxcars that I got an e-mail offer on from Kalmbach.  Even though the MR&T is a fictional railroad, I've got some questions about the car as well as the MR&T itself.

1.  I saw that the kit comes with two types of doors for the car.  I realize that it doesn't matter what type of door is used since it's fictional, but does the type of door determine what kind of load the car is used for?

2.  Is there a map of where the MR&T runs in relation to the real railroads of Wisconsin and what railroads it would interchange with and where?  I model the mid-70s to mid-90s.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Sunday, October 13, 2019 6:09 PM

Kevin,As you may recall I am a huge fan of boxcars and here's my two bits to do with as you wish.  The MR&T boxcars would carry general freight regardless of the number of doors. 

Here's my concern. What type of industries does MR&T serve? If there is a lumber mill then those double door boxcars could carry plywood or  veneer lumber. If there is a plastic company then boxcars could carry gaylords of scrap plastic heading for a reclaim company.. A paper company? Then rolls of paper.

Maybe Mr.Otte will chime in and tell us what industries the MR&T serves.

I would be interested in having a inbound load from the MR&T in a Railbox or perhaps a Railgon.

I'm holding off buying any more cars for my 94/95 ISL because a 1954 steam era end of a branchline switching layout keeps floating around in the back of my mind. I have the steam engine and several KD 40' boxcars that I been buying over the years for such a layout..

Then there's those IM Corman GP16 that I am interestd in so around and around it spins!

Larry

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Posted by Union Pacific 428 on Sunday, October 13, 2019 7:31 PM

I believe there was an article on the MR&T in the 1,000th issue of MR that may be of some help with questions regarding the railroad. 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, October 13, 2019 7:59 PM

The MR&T track plan was in the April, 2017 MRR.  You can find it by Googling the MR&T.

I'd post an image, but not sure if I would be violating the copyright stuff.

Here's a link:  https://mrr.trains.com/how-to/track-plan-database/2017/02/ho-scale-milwaukee-racine-and-troy

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Posted by dredgeboater on Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:56 PM

I do not post  that much, but I do have a question...

Would it be possible to produce the same type of boxcar in Nscale?

For now only an HO is being offered.

 

With regards,

Dredgeboater

It is better to be roughly right, than to be exactly wrong...

 

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Posted by DSchmitt on Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:39 PM

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Posted by Eric White on Monday, October 14, 2019 2:18 PM

chatanuga

 

2.  Is there a map of where the MR&T runs in relation to the real railroads of Wisconsin and what railroads it would interchange with and where?  I model the mid-70s to mid-90s.

Kevin.

 

 

If you look at a map of Wisconsin, the MR&T roughly follows the route of I-43 southwest out of Milwaukee, at least as it's modeled.

I believe the Wisconsin Central and Wisconsin & Southern were inspirations.

In the December 1989 article, "Meet the MR&T" by Jim Kelly, he says the railroad connects Milwaukee with Fort Madison, Iowa.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 14, 2019 4:33 PM

Eric White
the railroad connects Milwaukee with Fort Madison, Iowa.

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Maybe they haul Motorcycles and Beer!

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Posted by Eric White on Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:08 PM

There's a brewery on the layout!

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Posted by BRAKIE on Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:13 PM

Eric White

There's a brewery on the layout!

Eric

 

Eric,Besides the brewery is there another industry that could ship in 50' Railbox boxcars?

My tobacco and alcohol distributor  already has enough inbound loads.

Larry

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Posted by Eric White on Friday, October 18, 2019 2:17 PM

BRAKIE

Eric,Besides the brewery is there another industry that could ship in 50' Railbox boxcars?

My tobacco and alcohol distributor  already has enough inbound loads.

 

There's a paper plant on the WSOR section, and I suppose Kelly's Appliances at Bay Junction could, but that would more likely be hi-cubes.

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Posted by Hillyard on Friday, October 18, 2019 3:19 PM

MR&T INDUSTRIES:

Hello Larry, and others,

Expanding the topic just a little bit for those who care, here is my attempt at a compilation of industries on the MR&T. As it turns out, I had picked up a copy of the Dec 1989 MR at a swap meet, just for the map of the MR&T. There are other unidentified industries on the track plan. Plus over the years, industries on the MR&T have been featured in Model Railroader. 

Thank you Eric, I had forgotten Kelly's Appliances at Bay Junction.

 

Industries that are shown on the trackplan include:

Troy/ East Troy

Spiering Paper Co

Kalmbach feed

unnamed bakery

WSOR Troy Branch revision --MR Jan 2008

REC Paper Products

Troy Cold Storage

Badgerland Ethanol Corp

Cargill Animal Nutrition

Kalmbach Feeds

Swanson Propane

Williams Bay

Bay Gas Co.

Northern Stove Co.

Hansen Storage -probable location ( March 1992 MR) -- mfd food storage, printing paper storage

Winter Hill

unnamed quarry & rock crusher (aka Larson Stone Co -MR March 2013)

unnamed warehouse (shingle plant- Continental or Consolidated Building Supplies - MR March 2013)

Mukwanago

Quad Graphics

Artz Lumber Co

Big Bend

Keller Brewery

 

Milwaukee/ Kelly's Island

Power Plant

unnamed Cement Terminal

Continental Grain - terminal silos

 

Sorry for the inserted line breaks above, I had formatting problems when pasting the text.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BRAKIE on Friday, October 18, 2019 6:04 PM

Hillyard, First thank you for the list.

Looks like REC Paper Products will be shipping office paper to Aloy's Office Supplies Inc. located on the team track. Aloy's also handles top grade office furniture,printers etc. Only occasional boxcars of paper and office furniture arrives by rail. Approximately eight cars a year.

Larry

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