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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. The main lines run from Chicago to St. Louis and Memphis. It represents a railroad that is owned by the Soo Line Railroad in 1958. 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 mainline track that represents the main line from Peoria to Venice, Ill. and St. Louis. Four working yards handle the switching requirements. Anthony Yard in Peoria is the largest and main classification yard. Springfield Yard primarily handles local traffic.  Venice Yard is the St. Louis area terminal. Litchfield Yard is a coal marshaling yard which dispatches mine runs and assembles coal trains. Six staging yards feed the railroad.

The railroad features steam and first-generation diesel locomotives. Although, occasionally 1962-era operating  sessions take place. The layout is point-to-point, linear design. Operating sessions are handled by 18–20 operators, including dispatcher, train crews, yard jobs, city switchers, and operators. Time table and train orders control train movements, with train order signals.

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 99 percent complete. Subroadbed and scenery contours are foam. Minimum mainline radius is 40 inches. 

This site chronicles the ongoing construction and views of the current layout as well as some views of past layouts. Comments or questions are welcome and can be sent to bnavigato@gmail.com

Thanks for visiting!

Bill Navigato

Savoy, Ill.

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