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Modeling the NJI&I

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Modeling the NJI&I
Posted by AlcomanRSD on Saturday, July 30, 2011 1:52 PM

The August issue of Model Railroader has an article, "A Track Plan for Two Eras", which deals with the shortline New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois Railroad, a Wabash subsidiary,  that ran from a connection with the Wabash at Pine, IN up to South Bend, IN.  This is an interesting article for those modelers like myself that enjoy shortlines, switching, belt, terminal, and industrial railroads.  While heavy main line freights are exciting, an urban shortline can often hold one's interest for extended periods with the variety of switching involved.  I used to check out and photograph the NJI&I, and so I appreciated the inclusion of this article, as shortlines of this type do not always get their due.  However, as I read through the article, my mind went back to another issue of MR .  For those that have been around awhile, you may remember it.  Back in the December 1986 issue, there was an article, "The Grand Trunk & Indiana RR", that was also about the NJI&I.  If you are inspired from reading the later issue, it is worth going back to the former issue.  While the current issue deals with an overview of the NJI&I, track plan options, eras, and operations, the 1986 GT&I article shows an actual model railroad that was built with references to the prototype with a little different take on a track plan and operations.  Both issues taken together offer a lot of inspiration for the modeler.  I could never imagine one, let alone two, separate articles about one of my favorite shortlines.             

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