Route of the Broadway Lion, The largest Subway Layout in North Dakotaat Assumption Abbey, Richardton North Dakota
The first layout that I built here at the Abbey was called the Eastern Southwest North Dakota Central Railroad, (Serving the Middle of Nowhere) and was built in a basement room on two ping-pong tables. This was my first really serious effort at layout building, since when I was living with my parents, I was limited to a pair of bookshelf tops running the length of two basement walls. Here, I stretched out my wings and created this layout. As is obvious in the photo I was more interested in operation than in beautiful construction. All of the lumber is surplus stuff found in our carpentry shops or in our barn. The dispatcher's console could accommodate 5 trains at one time, but I never had more than two power packs connected to this layout. This layout took five years to build, and was taken apart in one month.