Having Fun with the Illinois Valley Division Layout at Monticello RR Days

It was a very busy September, but the Illinois Valley Division brought its modular layout to Illinois Terminal Division territory for Monticello Railroad Days on September 15 and 16. Members from both divisions, led by Minton Dings, MMR, set the layout up early Saturday morning so it would be ready for the crowds. Our goal was to provide a hands on operating experience for kids to get a taste of model railroading. We prioritized getting track time for kids under 18, but usually found time for older kids to also operate.

A lot of the time, model railroaders like to run slow so the operating fun is more prototypical. Maybe it was just early, but that Saturday morning saw some REALLY slooow ops…

Latter on, perhaps to test things at a more normal kid-operating speed, things sped up quite a bit…

IVDITDfaster from Mike Lehman on Vimeo.

Then things slowed down a little, to almost normal, at least as normal as a group of train-deranged adults can be.

Things mostly settled down to entertaining the public after a few more hijinks. If you were there, you had fun and we hope to see you next year. If you missed it, we hope you’ll make time for Monticello Railroad Days next year!