Republic of Trainworld

Republic of Trainworld A seasonal HO scale model railroad set outdoors in Northern MN
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Trainworld is a miniature city, based on HO model railroad scale, complete with most of the working details of the modern world, yet acts as a playland for children to act out their dreams and fantasies. The layout will only feature one city, Trainworld City (the capital), but will interact with other fictional cities and towns on the island and in the nearby United States and Canada. The era of modeling is set in 1952 and continues forward. It is currently, 1953 on Trainworld.

Two SD-40's of the DWP, 5908, and 5909 pass by the parking lot of the Trainworld City depot and Railton Yard tower on a ...
12/09/2018

Two SD-40's of the DWP, 5908, and 5909 pass by the parking lot of the Trainworld City depot and Railton Yard tower on a late fall day in 1953.

43 years ago, the Mighty Fitz left the Duluth/Superior harbor on her eternal voyage. The Karl Uthaug was scratchbuilt in...
11/09/2018

43 years ago, the Mighty Fitz left the Duluth/Superior harbor on her eternal voyage. The Karl Uthaug was scratchbuilt in her likeliness. Although not intended to be an exact replica, she does resemble the Fitz. The Uthaug was named for my great grandfather who also passed away on the Great Lakes. The Republic of Trainworld pays homage to the great sailors who continue to sail and those whom have passed.

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
04/13/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
04/12/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
04/11/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
04/09/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
04/05/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Artistic rendering of the Penguindrome Arena in Frostbite Falls. The Penguindrome is one of the largest arenas on the Is...
04/05/2018

Artistic rendering of the Penguindrome Arena in Frostbite Falls. The Penguindrome is one of the largest arenas on the Island and the site of the annual National High School Hockey Tournament.

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
04/04/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
04/03/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

03/31/2018
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The Republic of Trainworld's steel mill, the Trainworld City Steel Works, is featured in this quarters publication of The Mill, a journal of the Steel Mill Modelers Group. Click the link to download.

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
03/30/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

The future building of Jammin Jarvinen's Records store.
03/30/2018

The future building of Jammin Jarvinen's Records store.

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03/28/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
03/23/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
03/23/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

The Republic of Trainworld would like to welcome its newest citizen.   Welcome to the layout Kenny Kalligher! Kenny is a...
03/16/2018

The Republic of Trainworld would like to welcome its newest citizen. Welcome to the layout Kenny Kalligher! Kenny is a camera man for TWTV in Trainworld City.

As the 2018 (or 1954) model year approaches, we've been updating the main website.  This is the current, yet unfinished,...
03/12/2018
Republic of Trainworld

As the 2018 (or 1954) model year approaches, we've been updating the main website. This is the current, yet unfinished, listing of the businesses on the Island. We'll be adding more as we go along! Enjoy!

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
03/12/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Entry in "From the Exacto Knife'.  This really isn't a modeling post, it's an update to clarify just what year in 2018 t...
03/09/2018
Republic of Trainworld

Entry in "From the Exacto Knife'. This really isn't a modeling post, it's an update to clarify just what year in 2018 the layout is taking place in, since it's been a while since the layout has seen daylight.

Click the link and check out the details!

The construction and operation of an HO scale OUTDOOR model railroad based on a fictional steel town, with the former Duluth Works steel plant of U.S. Steel as the base for modeling

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
02/24/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Article From the Exacto Knife regarding the blast furnace stoves and their recent construction efforts
02/24/2018
Republic of Trainworld

Article From the Exacto Knife regarding the blast furnace stoves and their recent construction efforts

Article From the Exacto Knife regarding the status of the steel mill's coke plant.
02/24/2018
Republic of Trainworld

Article From the Exacto Knife regarding the status of the steel mill's coke plant.

The construction and operation of an HO scale OUTDOOR model railroad based on a fictional steel town, with the former Duluth Works steel plant of U.S. Steel as the base for modeling

From the Exacto Knife article regarding the status of the steel plants open hearth furnace model
02/24/2018
Republic of Trainworld

From the Exacto Knife article regarding the status of the steel plants open hearth furnace model

02/23/2018

We received a phone call tonight from a man in Coloroado who just wanted to call us and say that he absolutely loves the outdoor layout and his father worked in the Duluth plant. He has never seen many pictures of it, but now can see it as his father did. Quite a refreshing phone call!

The Republic of Trainworld wishes you all a happy Presidents Day!
02/19/2018

The Republic of Trainworld wishes you all a happy Presidents Day!

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02/17/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo
02/15/2018

Republic of Trainworld's cover photo

Another entry From the Exacto Knife, Feb 13 2018. This article details what still needs to be done, although not the ONL...
02/14/2018
Republic of Trainworld

Another entry From the Exacto Knife, Feb 13 2018. This article details what still needs to be done, although not the ONLY things that need to be done. It's merely a start. Details include building projects, touch ups, and upcoming projects

February 13, 2018 Part II entry from the Exacto Knife, the modeling journal of the R.O.T.  TRhe entry deals with the ret...
02/14/2018
Republic of Trainworld

February 13, 2018 Part II entry from the Exacto Knife, the modeling journal of the R.O.T. TRhe entry deals with the return to modeling, the scratch built battleship and modeling the Duluth blast furnace stoves.

The construction and operation of an HO scale OUTDOOR model railroad based on a fictional steel town, with the former Duluth Works steel plant of U.S. Steel as the base for modeling

An update on activity regarding the layout and activity in general.  These journals will come to be known as "From the E...
02/14/2018
Republic of Trainworld

An update on activity regarding the layout and activity in general. These journals will come to be known as "From the Exacto Knife". These are periodical entries that are meant to document ideas and building processes SEPARATE from the actual Republic of Trainworld timeline.

The massive steel plant of the Trainworld City Steel Works
02/06/2018

The massive steel plant of the Trainworld City Steel Works

The Karl Uthaug is the layouts ore boat. It is named for my great grandfather who was tragically killed on the Great Lak...
02/06/2018

The Karl Uthaug is the layouts ore boat. It is named for my great grandfather who was tragically killed on the Great Lakes. Fictionally, Karl Uthaug is the CEO of the Chippewa Star Transportation Company, a subsidiary of the steel company. It is a homage to the Columbia Star Transportation Company that operated the infamous Edmund Fitzgerald.

Trainworld City is FULL of railroads - real and fictional.  You'll recognize many of the flags in the pictures - some yo...
02/06/2018

Trainworld City is FULL of railroads - real and fictional. You'll recognize many of the flags in the pictures - some you might not. Among the lines are the Milwuakee Road, the Soo Line, the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacfic, Canadian National, Great Northern, Duluth Missabe and Iron Range - and the fictional lines; the Frostbite Falls Railroad, the Trainworld and Chippewa Range and Mehina Coal Company.

Trainworld City has it's share of taverns and restaurants. Most are based on real buildings elsewhere, such as the North...
02/06/2018

Trainworld City has it's share of taverns and restaurants. Most are based on real buildings elsewhere, such as the North Pole Bar - which is now permanently closed in Duluth.

Trainworld City is a BIG city.  To understand the size of the model layout, these are aerial views of the city taken at ...
02/06/2018

Trainworld City is a BIG city. To understand the size of the model layout, these are aerial views of the city taken at various times.

02/02/2018
Trainworld City May 2015

Google created this wonderful video of the Trainworld City layout. Enjoy!

May 2015 video of Trainworld City

There are some humorous tongue and cheek touches on the Republic of Trainworld.  One of them is Bundy's Shoes - an homag...
01/31/2018

There are some humorous tongue and cheek touches on the Republic of Trainworld. One of them is Bundy's Shoes - an homage to Al Bundy of Married With Children fame. For those who really knew the show, an even greater homage is on the side door where Lodge # 1 of "NO MA'AM", of which Al was the founding member.

Trainworld City is a pretty big city on paper but you only see a fraction of what it truly is on the layout.  It was imp...
01/31/2018

Trainworld City is a pretty big city on paper but you only see a fraction of what it truly is on the layout. It was important to show a high school though - and the high school featured is Robert Boyat Memorial High School. It has an elementary and Jr high on either side of it. These models are all yet unfinished, but are far along enough to tell that they are schools.

Trainworld City has a variety of faiths based in the city, but only a few are seen on the layout. Currently, only a Gree...
01/31/2018

Trainworld City has a variety of faiths based in the city, but only a few are seen on the layout. Currently, only a Greek Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox and Catholic Church are modeled in Trainworld City. The Serbian Church is modeled after St. George's Church in Duluth.

Often overlooked on some model railroad layouts because of space constrainsts, are parking lots.  With the ample space t...
01/31/2018

Often overlooked on some model railroad layouts because of space constrainsts, are parking lots. With the ample space the outdoor layout provides, this isn't a problem on the Republic of Trainworld and adds another sense of realism to the layout. Here, is the employee lot of the steel plant and railroad yard.

Some of the buildings located on Fitzgerald Boulevard.  Library, Hall of Justice, Chippewa Star Headquarters, the Daystr...
01/31/2018

Some of the buildings located on Fitzgerald Boulevard. Library, Hall of Justice, Chippewa Star Headquarters, the Daystrom Institute.

The Island News is the city's newspaper and confectionary store. Cards, candy, tobacco, baseball cards, magazines, comic...
01/31/2018

The Island News is the city's newspaper and confectionary store. Cards, candy, tobacco, baseball cards, magazines, comics, wrapping paper can all be found here.

Aldrin Avenue is home to most of Trainworld City's commercial business district, ie; it's skyscrapers.  Skyscrapers, a d...
01/31/2018

Aldrin Avenue is home to most of Trainworld City's commercial business district, ie; it's skyscrapers. Skyscrapers, a department store, radio,tv and newspapers, and a hospital are all located on Aldrin Ave.

Address

1309 Sahlman Ave
Cloquet, MN
55720

General information

In 1982, the first "Trainworld" was created, a simple HO train layout in West Duluth. It grew and expanded, and eventually moved outside where it blosomed into a more realistic city, with working sewers, pipes, cement roads, and more. It grew into several cities until 1998 when it ceased to exist. Although the grounds no longer existed, many of Trainworlds structures and vehicles remained in storage, and will be incorporated into this "New Trainworld".

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