Monticello rail way

Rail road days at Monticello 2022

  • Saturday, September 17, 20229:00 AM 
    Sunday, September 18, 20225:00 PM

An added note: ITD will be helping support member Ernie Noa and his buddies in the Midwest Live Steamers during Railroad Days, as we did last year. Please consider volunteering for an hour or two that weekend while you visit the museum. Duties consist of interacting with the public and keeping things safe around the live steam tracks. I think we’ll be showing and operating one of the Miller-built Timesaver modules, so you’ll be able to operate that to engage with the public. Everything happens under a big tent, so you’ll be in the shade. We’ll also be holding our monthly ITD meeting one week late via Zoom (Meeting ID:

Big Railroad Garage Sale in Monticello, July 16 & 17

In conjunction with the > Monticello Railway Museum < and this Saturday’s > Donut Train <, the Illinois Terminal Division is participating in the Museum’s Garage Sale this weekend, Saturday July 16 (11am-5pm) and Sunday, July 17 (10am-5pm). The sale will be held at the VFW Hall/Wabash Center at 108 E. Livingston in downtown Monticello. Wabash Center is across the parking lot just south of the downtown train station.

The Museum has an immense offering of railroadania, books, magazines, and other RR-related items. Proceeds will go toward supporting the Museum’s historical preservation work.

ITD has a nice collection of model railroad equipment and supplies, both donated items and things surplus to some of our members, which like the Museum’s stuff, is priced to move. Proceeds will support ITD’s promotion of the hobby, as well as the annual Lincoln Square Train Show in Urbana >(next year’s show will be March 25 & 26, 2023.)<

We have lots of items in HO, plus some N scale. Most of the cars are equipped with Kadee couplers and are priced in the $3 to $5 range. There are a couple of nice HO Atlas S-2 switchers (Santa Fe and Boston & Maine) in like new condition @ $40, as well as a N Kato SD45 ($50). In an sense, pretty run of the mill stuff, but with encouraging prices.

There are some items that are rather unusual or demonstrate some exceptional skill. These include four HO standard gauge freight cars scratchbuilt ($20 each) by the late Bob Miller (on the right in the pic above), similar to his HOn3 narrowgauge cars that we were running on his HOn3 module at this year’s Lincoln Square Show.

If you are into narrowgauge (or N), there are several modules he built with handlaid track available. One is an HOn3 Timesaver-based switching module ($100) with about a dozen turnouts, all handlaid.

Pic of part of the HOn3 module

Another is a HOn30/N scale ($100), also with Bob’s signature flowing trackwork. Both are complete with hand throws for the turnouts and are wired, so you can take them home and start running trains right away.

There are also several other “blank canvasses” of panels of various widths and 80″ long, along with wall brackets to make mounting them easily on walls.

There’s even an original Moto-Tool ($10)

Want something to build that is a little more ambitious, but still fitting in a reasonable amount of room? We are also offering a nearly complete set of module framework ($100) that bolts together to form a layout that is about 10′ x 10′. It is composed of 4 corner sections and 3 side sections.

The fourth side section is what Bob built the HOn3 module on that we show at the train show. To complete the framework to make a continuous run all that would be needed would be to reconstruct it as a complete square would be to replicate one of the other side sections. Adjustable legs and all hardware are included and everything is numbered to make assembly easy. The sections are about 16″ wide, so this framework is suitable for everything from N to Z up through HO, plus may work for a narrowgauge or traction layout in larger scales.

Drop by and see what’s on offer. There are some great deals and plenty of railroad enthusiast discussion that will cost you nothing. And you will be contributing to a good cause.