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Greg Smith uses photos to discuss Bill Briggs’ – Musselshell and Yogo Peak HO Scale Model Railroad. Greg took many of the photos shown in the video.
The video is an excerpt from a Zoom Call. Greg Smith goes over the key aspects of the layout. He explains that: Bill Briggs, Doug Hodgdon and Jim Disch built and super-detailed this model railroad over a period of more than 30 years.
Greg tells how it was also transferred and expanded as it was moved to several different houses.
Bill modeled an area in Montana where he had a cabin, south of Missoula, near the Musselshell River. The layout is freelanced but includes: three prototype railroads: Northern Pacific, the Milwaukee Road and the Burlington – all three had lines in Southern Montana. The Layout also had Bill’s own freelanced railroad: the Musselshell and Yogo Peak.
Here is an excerpt from Bill’s obit in the StarTribune:
Briggs, Charles William Jr. (Bill) Bill was born on March 23, 1934 in St. Paul, son of Charles Briggs Sr. and Lois J. Briggs, and died on March 19, 2009.
He attended primary and secondary schools and graduated from St. Paul Academy. He went on to attend Stanford University and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BBA. He is survived by his wife, Judy Van Nest Briggs and two brothers, Warren of Pensacola, FL and Edward of Escondido, CA. Also surviving are five children: Charles Briggs III (Kim) of Manhattan, MT; Betsy Briggs of Big Lake, MN; Fritz Van Nest (Alma) of San Antonio, TX; Karen McKay (Mark) of Minnetonka, MN; and Barbara Zadeh (Mohsen) of Independence, MN. There are 14 grandchildren.
Bill was the retired Chairman of the former Anderson Cadillac. He spent 52 years with the company. He was very active in both business and community affairs all of his life.
He served as President of the Northwestern Chi Psi Educational Foundation, Rotary Club of St. Louis Park, former Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce, District Governor of District 5950 Rotary International, the former Viking Council Boy Scouts of America, Many Waters BSA, Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association and Director of National Automobile Dealers Association.
In addition, he served on the boards of the CM Russell Museum of Great Falls, MT, Dunwoody Institute and National Auto Dealers Charitable Foundation. He held memberships and positions in several other organizations.
Bill was an avid railroad fan and modeler.