Club History
Midwest N Pioneer has had a long history in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. From its inception in 1989 to the start at its new location in 2006, Midwest N Pioneer has strived to produce wonderful layouts for its members to use and for the public to view. Below you will find links that give the history of the club from its beginning in 1989 to the present location and layout.
We hope you enjoy reading about our history as much as we have enjoyed making it!

25th - Our Current Layout

 After some time looking around for a new location, the club found a spot in an industrial complex building right on 25th Avenue back in Broadview. Ironically, it's less than a mile from our Roosevelt Road location, so we've come full circle back near the IHB tracks. Unfortunately at this location, we don't have a direct view of the tracks from our layout space. We held our first meeting in our new space on September 8, 2006.

Read more...
 
Harrison St - Our Bank Years

What Happen in Our First Year- 2004

 

The bank was receptive to the idea of having a layout on the third floor and after some 4 months hiatus we occupied some 2,700 feet in January of 2004 to began the reconstruction, but first the room needed to be cleaned, floors sealed, walls painted & lights hung as there where only 4 bulbs lighting the room and it was dark. As luck would have it another member managed to secure some 40 plus fluorescent light fixtures at no charged. After some three months the room was inhabitable and construction began on reassembling the layout, The T-girders on which the layout sat were saved in 6 - 10 foot lengths and reassembled. However, we had a small problem the area we left was 93 feet long and the new area was 75 feet long, but the width was such that we were able to move the ends of the layout to the side at each end and keep the main body together along the center.
Read more...
 
Roosevelt Rd - Our IHB Railroad Years

 

A Room With A View

 As it turned out, we were fortunate to have a member who roomwview1

did business with a tenant in a building located next to a railroad line. He saw the sign on the roof advertising 33,000 square feet available and couldn't resist asking if we could rent a small piece of that space. When the owner heard what we wanted to do, he told us that he had something better than factory space that he could let us have. The second floor office wing was vacant. It had a tile floor, a ten foot ceiling, fluorescent lighting, and windows looking out onto the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, not to mention, a very affordable price.

 

Read more...
 
Franklin Park - The Early Years

 

The club was organized in August of 1989, by former members of the Elmhurst Model Railroad Club. The members arranged to rent the basement of a hobby shop in Franklin Park to house the layout, and contracted Don Cardiff, a professional model railroad builder, to design the track plan. We spent the next four years laying track, wiring the electrical panels, and building scenery. In May 1994, the Club decided to look for a new location.