--- I'm sorry to report, but as of December 2018, Junction Valley RR discontinued
their operations ---
It was billed as the largest quarter scale railroad in
the world, and although I have nothing to compare it too, I can't imagine
many other quarter size railroads packing more into a certain size area than
these guys have, and let's not forget the elevated diamond!
North of the exit in Bridgeport, the CSX line, which is now leased to the
Saginaw Bay Southern Rwy, crosses at grade
both Dixie Highway, and Williamson Road, which splits off to the left about
2/3 of a mile from the interstate. Not sure of the frequency of
trains. Blackmar Rd follows it for a little while, so that gives you
some chance to follow the trains as they come thru.
The Central Michigan line is a little to the west. Nothing follows it,
so you only have grade crossings to take pictures at.
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
JV's website is no longer functional
The easiest way to get here is via I-75, exit #144, way
north of Detroit. Once you take the NB exit, take a right to go south
on the Dixie Highway if you're coming up from
miles), Pontiac (~67 miles), or Flint
(~31miles). If coming south from say,
(~7miles) or Bay
City (~20miles), take a left at the bottom of the ramp and head south
under the interstate. The railroad is just under 2 miles south of the exit.
The main building on the road, which is a truck repair facility. The
hobby shop is at the far left of this building.
The tower is kinda the centerpiece up at the main station.
A train on the loop. It will pass by the station area, then back into the station.
The main interlocking tower "down in the valley"
If we turn around 180 degrees from the two above photos, you get this view of the yard.
On the approach to one of the many trestles.
Heading down the 6% grade "into the valley", we're adjacent to the roundhouse area.
So how do you throw one of the switches?.... with this miniature throw of course!
Some of the trestles.
Trains crossing each other at one of the trestles.
The A-B-A set running around the pond.
Exiting the tunnel near the picnic area
A Train coming into the picnic area station.
At the Shops and Roundhouse
The roundhouse is located a little bit down the hill from
the main building and hobby shop, and the owners house is located "above"
it.... nice model layout to play with, huh? The shops where they
fabricate everything is located behind the roundhouse and the main building.
On the turntable.
Inside the shops where they make all of their equipment.
Junction Valley RR has many engines. They are all
patterned after the real deal, but are customized to make their construction
easier. Wheels are also not prototypical, but the large flanges allow
the trains to negotiate tighter changes in direction than do standard
profile wheels... this is especially handy on their switches which are
fairly abrupt, maybe some like a #3 or #4 turnout.
An A-B-A set, you could say they are loosely patterned after the Alco FA's.
Inside one of the cabs, there is a fair amount of room inside of most of them.
The innards to one of the engines.
You name it, they have built it... well almost everything
anyways, but they do have a large variety of cars and cabooses!
An air operated dump car that they use to ballast the tracks.
Just enough room inside for small adults! :-).
You saw this photo earlier with the bi-level car in it....
It shows the building expertise these guys have...... they do not run this car :-(
Aerial Shots of the Property
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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
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and/or other stuff.
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