RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELERS
VALLEY FORGE

March 23 to 25, 2018

Layout Tour

Layouts will be open at 1230PM on Sunday.

A map booklet will be available at registration.

Steve Salotti
 
 
 

 

Jim Dalberg
 
 
 

 

Ken McCorry
 
 
 

 

Bob Zeolla
 
 
 

 

Paul Backenstose
 
 
 

 

Greg and Angel Shindledecker's
Western Maryland Thomas Subdivision in the mid-70's

The layout fills our 30' x 57' basement. The design is an island style rather than around the walls. It is still under construction. The mainline, helix and staging yards are complete, there is scenery started in the Blackwater Canyon and Elkins Yard is well along. Roadbed is Masonite splines with Homabed. Mainline track is code 83, yard and branch lines are code 70/75.
The layout is based on the prototype's operations on the Thomas Subdivision. The segment modeled is from about 21st Bridge (east of McCool) to Elkins, WV. Two large staging yards represent points east - Cumberland, MD and beyond and, on the other end, the coal branches radiating from Elkins to Durbin, Webster Springs, Dailey and Bellington. In between is the Blackwater Canyon, in which the famed Black Fork Grade requires multiple helpers on almost all trains to move coal east.
Online industries include numerous coal load outs and mines, pulpwood and wood chip loading, the WestVaCo paper mill at Luke, coal-powered electric generation at Mt. Storm, a tannery, a Kingsford Charcoal plant and car shops for maintenance and repair at Elkins.