Photos of John's Fabulous HO layout that features three railroads in a "coal country" setting.
This 22 X 26 foot HO model railroad is fully scenicked and displays many scratchbuilt buildings and scenes for which John has won many awards. He is a Master Model Railroader (MMR 449) and his layout reflects his outstanding craftsmanship. He usually runs the layout with a dozen or so operators using car cards. Many scenes are based on real-life locations in West Virginia and the time period modelled is the '50s so both steam and diesels intermingle.
The primary railroads are the Chesapeake & Ohio and the Virginian. The third railroad, a branchline, is the Waubaushene Central. Control is with Digitrax DCC. Signals are operated manually as operators enter and depart their sections.
Here are some photos of John's layout. Click on any thumbnail image for a larger view.
A short video tour of what can be seen on John's muskoka layout is below the photos.
|Carfloat and yard|
|Scratchbuilt company houses based on prototype photos|
|Some of the many scratchbuilt and kitbashed bridges|
|Tower and interchange|
|One of the many mines|
|Scratchbuilt wooden trestle|
|Kitbashed bridge from Atlas parts|
|Typical town in the "coal region"|
|Main street beside the tracks|
|Overview of town area|
|Kiser Coal Corporation mine|
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