Warner Clark's Maumee Basin Lines

The Maumee Basin Line is composed of selectively compressed parts from three prototype railroads: one, the First Subdivision of Nickel Plate Road's Clover Leaf District from Toledo to Continental, Ohio; (70 feet continuous loop operation); two, the Northern District of the Detroit Toledo & Ironton's lines between Malinta and Champion / Denson, Ohio (27 feet point to point operation); and three, The Ohio & Morenci Railroad's line between Champion, Ohio and Morenci, Michigan (98 feet point to point operation)

The initial building effort is directed at the continuous loop NKP line, to be followed by the DT&I and finally the O&MRR. All permanent track is hand laid to P48 standards, and using A.R.E.A. or NKP track plans. Rail is nickel silver with switch and crossing components by High Sierra and Right-O-Way. Code 138 rail is used on NKP and DT&I mains, while code 125 rail is used in sidings and secondary lines for both roads. Track switches are either #8 or 10. Curves without easements are 60" radius. Curves with spirals are 64" radius. Cross ties are made from bass wood, sized 7" X 9". All track is laid on two inch sheets of Homasote.

The O&MRR is a short line running over a former interurban railroad (Toledo & Western) which has had its overhead wire removed. The Line is hand laid track using code 100 rail and 6" X 8" bass wood ties. Switches are all #6 and main line curves are laid to a 52" min. radius. Street embedded trackage at Morenci will be code 125 with curves as tight as 36" radius. The O&MRR grade from Denson (lower level) to Morenci (upper level) is 4.4%. When completed, all car load interchange between O&MRR and NKP will need to be routed via DT&I.

Last Updated on 3/6/2022