- Where exactly between Elgin and Aurora is this nice view (home page)
of the Fox River line? I think I have it figured out, but let's see
if anybody else has a guess. Hint: I'd say we must be looking south.
Next question: Anybody care to speculate on why the Prince Crossing
substation building seems to have deteriorated much more than
Clintonville? Did the model railroad club ever have to do heavy
structural work on the Clintonville building?
- My guess on the postcard view is Stop 2, Aurora City Limits.
As regards the condition of the Prince Crossing building versus
Clintonville...I've kept a casual eye on the Prince Crossing
building off and on for about 15-20 years. The building has seen
some hard use, and never really appeared to have any kind of decent
upkeep. It always seemed like the owners viewed it as a "cast-off",
just some old building from a railroad long dead and gone. Just get
whatever use you can out of it, and dump it afterwards.
Clearly the Clintonville building has been in the hands of
more "historic/preservation" minded individuals. There has never
been what I consider a strong traction presence within the club that
occupies the building, the traction guy(s) had a small section at
the south end of the layout which bascially amounted to a glorified
trolley loop. That is not meant as a slight or condemnation on any
level to the club, just an observation. Having said that, it's very
obvious, even from a very casual visit, that the club is very aware
of their building's heritage and importance. I highly recommend a
visit to the club, they usually have a series of open houses in
either October or November. If you miss any advertising, you can
usually get info from B&G Hobbies in Elgin.
- --- In email@example.com, "thegreatthirdrail"
>But that section is alongside the road (now 31) and is all pretty
> My guess on the postcard view is Stop 2, Aurora City Limits.
I would guess that it's at Campana Road north of Batavia, where the
line veered away from the highway (31) to go under the North Western's
Aurora branch. The underpass would be just behind the photographer.