John Wilson's Saint Louis Gateway (N)

Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
John Wilson
1302 Marydale Drive
Lilburn, GA 30047
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Scale N
Size 19' x 20'
Prototype Terminal Railroad Association of St.Louis (T.R.R.A.)
Locale East St. Louis, IL area and St. Louis, MO
Era Modern
Style Walk around
Layout height 48 to 60 inches (2 decks)
Benchwork Sectional
Roadbed Cork
Trackwork Assorted, mainly Kato Unitrack
Turnouts No. 6 with some, no. 4's
Min. Radius 19" on main, 15" in staging.
Max. Grade 2%
Scenery 50% complete.
Backdrop Painted masonite
Controls Digitrax DCC

The St. Louis Gateway is an N-scale layout representing operations on the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) around SH Interlocking and Madison Yard during the late 1980’s. The operations simulate traffic patterns through a major interlocking tower, SH Interlocking in Madison IL. During an operating session the SH Tower operator will control the movement of about 50 trains from 5 different mainlines. About half of these movements are switching transfers from many different railroads in the St. Louis area (5 staging yards.) 


1. I85 to Indian Trail
2. Turn east on Indian Trail
3. Cross Hwy 29, where Indian Trail changes names to Killian Hill.
4. Stay on Killian Hill to Five Forks Trikem (about 6 or 7 miles from I85)
5. Turn right onto Five Forks Trickem
6. Go though two traffic signals to Cole Road (about 2 miles)
7. Go 50 yard past Cole Road and turn left onto Mayrdale Dr.
8. Take Marydale past 3 speed bumps.
9. I am on the left at the corner of Marydale and Rosewood.
10. Park on Rosewood.
11. Walk along back of house (brick ranch with cream trim) to basement door.
12. Come on in and enjoy.