The new Chicago, Peoria & Southern Railroad—"CP&S 2.0 Encore Edition"—is located Savoy, Ill., near Champaign. It occupies a 2,400 square-foot basement. Following room preparation and lighting installation, layout construction started on July 21, 2016. The main line was completed on Jan. 19, 2018 and the first formal operating session was held on March 4, 2018.
The CP&S is a proto-freelanced model of a typical Midwest class 1 railroad. It runs from Chicago to St. Louis and Memphis. It represents a railroad that is controlled by the Soo Line in 1957. There are also 15 other railroads represented on the layout as trackage rights and live interchanges at various locations. The layout has 1,000 feet of main line from Peoria to Venice, Ill. Four working yards handle the switching requirements. Peoria, the largest, Springfield, and Venice primarily handle the merchandise. Litchifield is a coal marshalling yard which dispatches mine runs and assembles coal trains. Six staging yards feed the railroad.
The railroad features steam and first-generation diesel locomotives. The layout is point-to-point, linear design. Operating sessions are handled by 18–20 operators, including dispatcher, train crews, yard duties, city switchers, and operators. Time table and train orders control train movements, with working train-order semaphores.
The railroad is double decked. Elevation begins at 39 inches and rises to 56 inches. Train control is NCE DCC wireless. Track is a combination of code 83, 70 and 55. Scenery is about 50-percent complete. Subroadbed and scenery contours are foam. Minimum mainline radius is 40 inches.
The former layout was in South Elgin, Ill. Scenery was about 80 percent complete.
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