RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.

Todd's Railfan Guide to
the JUNCTION VALLEY RR
and the BRIDGEPORT MI area

In General
Getting Here
Map
Signals
Pictures

 

MICHIGAN RAILFAN GUIDE HOMEPAGE
RAILFAN GUIDES HOME
RAILROAD SIGNALS HOME


In General

GPS Coordinates: 43.334616, -83.833275

It's billed as the largest quarter scale railroad in the world, and although I have nothing to compare it too, I can't imagine many other quarter size railroads packing more into a certain size area than these guys have, and let's not forget the elevated diamond!

North of the exit in Bridgeport, CSX crosses at grade both Dixie Highway, and Williamson Road, which splits off to the left about 2/3 of a mile from the interstate.  Not sure of the frequency of trains.

Junction Valley Website is http://www.jvrailroad.com/junction-valley-railroad/

Pix are from www.bing.com/maps and aerial shots are "Snagged" with Techsmith's Snagit!

Please - pictures are always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given!  Contact info here


Getting Here

The easiest way to get here is via I-75, exit #144, way north of Detroit.  Once you take the NB exit, take a right to go south on the Dixie Highway if you're coming up from Detroit (~90 miles), Pontiac (~67 miles), or Flint (~31miles).  If coming south from say, Saginaw (~7miles) or Bay City (~20miles), take a left at the bottom of the ramp and head south under the interstate.  The railroad is just under 2 miles south of the exit.


Maps


Above, flyer for open house 2009, and below, the 2009 JV pamphlet


Signals


Although not many of the signals functions as trains pass by and then disappear into another block, they nevertheless add a realistic atmosphere, and are very well done!

             

             


Pictures

   The main building on the road, which is a truck repair facility.  The hobby shop is at the far left of this building.

   The tower is kinda the centerpiece up at the main station

   A train on the loop.  It will pass by the station area, then back into the station

   The main interlocking tower "down in the valley"

   If we turn around 180 degrees from the two above photos, you get this view of the yard

  On the approach to one of the many trestles

  Heading down the 6% grade "into the valley", we're adjacent to the roundhouse area

  So how do you throw one of the switches?.... with this miniature throw of course!

       Some of the trestles

  Trains crossing each other at one of the trestles

  The A-B-A set running around the pond

  Exiting the tunnel near the picnic area

  A Train coming into the picnic area station


At the Shops and Roundhouse

The roundhouse is located a little bit down the hill from the main building and hobby shop, and the owners house is located "above" it.... nice model layout to play with, huh?  The shops where they fabricate everything is located behind the roundhouse and the main building.

   

  On the turntable

    Inside the shops where they make all of their equipment


Engines

Junction Valley RR has many engines.  They are all patterned after the real deal, but are customized to make their construction easier.  Wheels are also not prototypical, but the large flanges allow the trains to negotiate tighter changes in direction than do standard profile wheels... this is especially handy on their switches which are fairly abrupt, maybe some like a #3 or #4 turnout.

      An A-B-A set, you could say they are loosely patterned after the Alco FA's

       

  Inside one of the cabs, there is a fair amount of room inside of most of them

        The innards to one of the engines.


Rolling Stock

You name it, they have built it... well almost everything anyways, but they do have a large variety of cars and cabooses!

  An air operated dump car that they use to ballast the tracks

  Just enough room inside for small adults!  :-)

  You saw this photo earlier with the bi-level car in it....
It shows the building expertise these guys have...... they do not run this car :-(

     


Aerial Shots of the Property







 


Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

RAILFAN GUIDES HOME
RAILROAD SIGNALS HOME


web statistics

NEW 07/21/2009
Last Modified 05-Jun-2015