The Downtown Spur

Center spread from December 2013 issue of Model Railroader Magazine. Photo by Paul Dolkos.

 

 

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Yard job Y320 works Trujillo and Sons, a food processor on The Downtown Spur’s east end. June 2008 photo.

Downtown Spur Gallery

Back in the day, Seaboard Airline aggressively approach Miami via a high traffic, double track main.  Freights ended their run at Hialeah Yard.  Passenger traffic continued on a double track main that took a sharp turn to the east near the airport, and then ended at the art deco station at 7th Avenue.  As passenger traffic declined the station was eventually demolished and the line morphed into a single track, three and half mile industrial spur nicknamed “The Downtown Spur”.  Unlike my East Rail layout, the Downtown Spur layout follows the prototype relatively closely.  By current standards the line is unique by virtue of the 1950’s aura it continues to maintain.  The line is peppered with a surprisingly diverse range of industries, many of which take single car loads making it ideal for a modeling subject.

The Downtown Spur splits off of the CSX main near Miami International airport and runs roughly three and half miles due east.

The Downtown Spur splits off of the CSX main near Miami International airport and runs roughly three and a half miles due east.

 

An overall view of the layout shot from Antillean Marine looking northwest.

 

DowntownSpurCurrent

  • Scale: HO
  • Prototype: CSX 2007
  • Layout Size: 17.5 feet by 21.5 feet
  • Locale: Miami, FL
  • Bench work: Extruded foam on hollow core doors
  • Track: Micro Engineering code 70
  • Turnouts: Number 6
  • Curve Radius: 24 inches
  • Roadbed: none
  • Turnout Control: Manual
  • Control System: EasyDCC wireless
  • Backdrop: Painted drywall
  • Press Coverage: Model Railroader Magazine.  December 2013