Does anyone even do these layout build/progress threads anymore? Well I find it fun to read the many threads on layouts here on Trainboard and with the redesign of my home and exhibition layout I thought it would be a good way to document things. Folks into music, specifically the Band the Monkees, will enjoy my title. Loosely based on the song Birth of an Accidental Hipster from their last album Good Times! The song is sung by Michael Nesmith and has a nice haunting tune to it and the album is one I play frequently while building in the shop. Like anything, there is a backstory. So how did we get from a N scale CB&Q layout to a B&M HO layout? Allow me to present the back ground. If your not interested, simply scroll through until you see construction images, you wont hurt my feelings. Some background on the Galesburg City Job The Galesburg City Job or simply, The City Job as known by the Q folks was an industrial branch that had its roots in the streetcar era. The space that would latter become Butler buildings was once home to a manufacturer of streetcars and interurban. At present time, not much is known of this manufacture from your author but research is on going. From the Burlington side, the switcher would originate at the Galesburg yard, then receive trackage rights on the CB&Q mainline that would host such trains as the California Zephyr and all manner of freights from Chicago to all points west. This line runs through Galesburg in a slight east/west direction. The switcher would then enter Santa Fe trackage at a switch just off Academy Street and trundle down west bound to service an oil dealer, Galesburg Soy, Rowe Manufacturing and Butler Building. If you live in an agricultural area, you may know Butler by their grain bins and assorted buildings. From Butler the line wyes and continues west to service industries I have yet to research or branch north where the Santa Fe serviced Galesburg Malleable, Illinois Power and more industries we are researching. It would then cross Monmouth Boulevard and ultimately join the busy Santa Fe Transcon via a wye that would allow trains to enter in either a east bound or west bound direction. Just west of this wye was B Plant, a small staging yard that Bill started to model, slightly compressed albeit. Bill and I have elected to model the year 1966 as it allows us to model these two roads as separate entities and we both enjoy the road units and schemes employed by both roads at the time. We do occasionally run the railroad in late 1970’s but mainly just for the Galesburg Railroad Days display. I designed the track plan to be at scale length with no compression on the “main line” or spine of the industrial line. Obviously Butler is only represented with a mere fraction of trackage as this industry alone could be a layout on to itself. I also designed the layout knowing that Bill and I would not always be together so I model the Burlington district or industries and Bill the Santa Fe. My Burlington section has operated independent of Bill’s Santa Fe modules and vice versa although we really enjoy running the layout as a whole. The impetus of this modular railroad and what would later become my home layout all started as a conversation between two friends at our mutual favorite of all railroad shows, Galesburg Railroad Days. My friend Bill and I were discussing a past layout he and his sons had built that was both modular and based on the local surroundings and how much fun it had been setting it up and hearing from locals about their experiences living next to the Burlington Line. Stories turned to thoughts, which led to discussion, which ultimately led to a joint venture between two friends whom neither of which was from the area. As stated above, neither Bill nor myself were from the Galesburg area. I was a mere three hours away in Central Illinois and Bill was six hours north in Michigan. It became very obvious that distance would be our biggest hurdle. To add to that, the very first “meeting” we had at my place was disastrous at best. We had dreams of large 54-inch super elevated curves for those beautiful silver Zhypers to glide across and lone expanses of farm fields, sidings for meets and spurs in small towns for the local to service. We quickly realized however, to have such scenes, as this would require modules that were well over 5 feet long and 2 feet wide! Both of us only had modest sized vehicles and neither of us was inclined to rent a box truck for a few shows a year. Still, we plodded along with our module ideas and by Sunday afternoon, we really had nothing of great quality to show for efforts. I would be lying to you if I were to say I wasn’t the least bit worried of the project forever being just an idea, however after that unsuccessful and expensive weekend it was certainly turning out that way. Walking away from it for a bit was just thing I needed. One morning soon after the disastrous weekend, I found myself picking up one of my favorite CB&Q books by Michael Spoor and leafing through the pages. Coming upon the chapter of Galesburg, a series of images caught my eye. I studied the images of Galesburg and mentally picked out the many landmarks of one of my favorite rail fan cities when my eyes landed on a phrase “Local crews called it the City Job.” Above the caption was a CB&Q SW series switcher with a small string of cars headed west on an industrial line. As my mind started to formulate, I noticed a small map of to the left and immediately the wheels of progress were rolling once again, The Galesburg City Job was born. To say everything fell into place and all those ideas that both Bill and I have used just spontaneously happened would be insulting to you the reader. It took the course of just over two years to get everything from the module design to the correct track plans laid out to even transporting the modules all iron out. In the interest in time, we will forgo all of that and bring us up to the present and the focus of this build thread, The Galesburg City Job 2.0.