This thread inaugurates the formal introduction of the Minneapolis, Louisville & Southern Railroad. ML&S got its start in 2005 with a prototype mainline, hereafter referred to a Prototype Line #1. In 2007 the ML&S constructed a Scenery Branch. In January, 2010, the ML&S started construction on their second mainline, hereafter referred to as the ML&S. The ML&S is located in a 4.5' by 8.5' area in the second downstairs bedroom. The ML&S consists of a two track main, a 4 track yard, and two stub yards. Branching off the main there are two routes that will eventually lead to a larger staging yard. The goals of the ML&S are ambitious: Allow simultaneous operation of two trains. Supply branch lines to support reversing the direction of travel for trains on the mainline. Provide a switch yard with adequate leads and arrival/departure tracks to allow switching without having to tie up the main. Provide two remote stub yards; one for a coal mine and the second to serve the town. There were many lessons learned in the construction of Prototype Line #1 and the Scenery Branch that will benefit the new ML&S. Here are two pictures depicting the overall track plan and construction progress on the main line.