Lance Mindheims Chicago,
Indianapolis and Louisville or as its usually known, the Monon, is an N
scale layout that was built for reliable operation. Lance created this railroad
as a way to remember his childhood and as a stage for full timetable and train
order operating sessions. The 20x20 foot layout is based on 25 miles of track
in Indiana in 1955.
On line industries favor limestone mills and quarries along with team tracks and
one major yard. Lance and his friends enjoy full operating sessions that last
for up to 3 hours.
To keep things fun Lance believes its critical to take the time to get your
trains to run reliably because without dependable operation everything else is
futile. He also says his engines and cars have to be reliable too and that is
now possible in N scale.
The beautiful scenery on the Monon features a perfect setting of hills, realistic
creeks and winter grass and trees. The painted backdrop makes the scenes seem
even bigger. Weathering is skillfully used to enhance and create detail.
The Monon is a Great Model
Railroad because Lance believes in modeling the ordinary not the unusual, and
because he uses weathering to bring out the details on his models.
This picture is an actual video frame captured from this video!
©2004 Allen Keller Productions