October 14, 2017 (NOTICE-Updated date)
January 20, 2018
Tables are $25.00 until one week prior to the event, then they are $35.00 per table. (Note: tables are six foot in length). Helper tickets are $5.00 per person. Payments may be sent to:
Greater East Area Model Railroad Club
PO Box 0061
St. Paul Park, MN 55071
About our Railroad: The Chicago, Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad
Our model railroad is loosely based upon a real or prototypical railroad. We base it upon the real cities, towns and structures along the real railroad.
Some serious reconstruction has been made to the layout. We are working towards an improvement of not only the layout, but for those who are familiar with it, know how all the aisles came to a dead end and this has been fixed! There will be some new photos... maybe some before and after...
Dates for 2017/2018 season are here!
New!! Vendor Page
Click here to jump the new vendor page. We would like to announce that there are floorplans and other vendor information on-line.
New!! Video Page
Click here to view the Chicago, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in action.
The Newport Railroad club welcomes all. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by. If you wish to drop us a line:
Greater East Area Model Railroad Club P.O. Box 0061 St. Paul Park, MN 55071-0061
The time period modeled is 1950-1969. Steam and diesel motive power will be used. Modern day operations will also be possible.
The following railroads are represented on the layout. In the near future, I will be making links to other web sites such as their respective historical societies, etc. They currently are blank. If you do choose to click a link, use your back button to return to this page.
The city of Newport, Newport Businessmen and the Greater East Area Model Railroad Club were instrumental in saving this historic 1906 Dispatchers Tower. Built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). The tower was used a Dispatchers Office for the Milwaukee, Rock Island and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads. The Newport Tower was moved December 11, 1984 from the Milwaukee Railroad property to a site east of the model railroad club. It stands on the west side of the old Rock Island, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and CP Rail right-of-ways from the Twin Cities to Chicago. It is an excellent place to view present day prototype railroading from a piece of past railroad history.
Exterior restoration was 90% completed in 1992. The second floor will be restored to its original state. All 48 levers have been installed. The ground floor will become a "mini-museum" of railroad history in the Newport and Twin Cities area. The tower will be open periodically, until the interior has been restored, at which time a regular schedule will be published. Recently, the tower has been a stop for the Newport Historical Society tour. Underplanning is an N-Gauge modular layout representing the track that the tower controlled in the Hay Day of railroading.
Click here for a picture of the tower in 1962.
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