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The Midwest Region 2024 Convention
May 2, 2024 - May 4, 2024
South Bend, Indiana

Bob Blake's Blackhawk Lines

The Blackhawk Lines is jointly owned by the Illinois Central and Chicago and North Western, operates across northern Illinois and Iowa running from Chicago to the Missouri River cities of Omaha, Sioux City and Sioux Falls. It is the former Illinois Central Iowa Division. Not strictly a prototype layout, it represents a “plausible” railroad following prototype routes with appropriate equipment and industries to represent an era between 1990 and 1995. The modeled area includes Rockford, Illinois to Dubuque, Iowa and staging yards for Chicago and Waterloo. A portion of the old CB&Q C&I division along the Mississippi River is also included with staging for Minneapolis and Savanna/Galesburg. Former Milwaukee Road trains also provide interchange service.
HO Scale with Digitrax DCC Control.
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