For years, trains ran through the middle of Milwaukee like beer flows from a tap at Oktoberfest, but changes in business, both in brewing and railroading, stanched the flow by the mid-1980s.
For Model Railroader’s 75th anniversary in 2009, however, the party was on again as the staff built an HO scale model of the Milwaukee Road’s Beer Line. This hometown project railroad has always been popular with readers, and for 2017, we’re back for another round.
The Beer Line is a sectional layout, designed to fit together in three configurations. Taking advantage of this feature, David Popp, producer at Model Railroader Video Plus, designed an addition that slots between existing sections. David designed the original Beer Line in 2008 when he was managing editor of Model Railroader
, and this was a chance to add some industries that didn’t find a place before.