|This issue's feature modeler...
||THE GREEN BAY AND WESTERN RAILROAD
...As built by Marv Preussler
One of the most "hometown" of all the railroads to cross the State
of Wisconsin was the Green Bay and Western. This fact didn't escape our feature
modeler, Marv Preussler.
Oftentimes, this type of prototype railroad lends itself well to our modeling
endeavors. Things such as the old roundhouse and back shops, Alco locomotives
that most railroad executives would consider obsolete, a marginal physical
plant, these are the things that most people would associate with this line.
Marv had been an avid HO scale Wisconsin Central modeler before he switched to
the Green Bay & Western. Marv builds a layout differently than
most other modelers as he likes to finish a scene complete with all details
before laying more track, allowing him to make changes for more photogenic
scenes. He is a prolific builder of both rolling stock and structures. Often,
you can view some of his work in the Winnebagoland Division contest room.
Marv is very active in the NMRA Achievement Program
and holds certificates as a Master Builder in the Motive Power and Scenery
When you enter the layout room, you notice the Norwood Yard complex and the
infamous grain elevator that stood nearby. (see photo). Other interesting scenes
that are finished include Broadway tower in Green Bay, the Blue Circle Cement
company, and the yard office at Norwood. He is modeling from Norwood, east to
Kewaunee, with a carferry planned at that port. The operation also features the
line west from Norwood with Seymour and Black Creek being the featured towns.
This line then terminates in an 80 car staging yard that holds cars for
Wisconsin Rapids/Winona. The biggest challenge will be scratchbuilding the
carferry at Kewaunee. Don Manlick has been a great help to Marv since he is
currently involved in building one himself. The layout is 30% complete and
features DCC for realistic operation.
We look forward to watching the progress on his fine layout.