Graham and I have started working on a new N scale layout. Graham decided after looking through lots of magazines and books that he liked coal mining railroads. He really likes the Model Railroader project railroad Clinchfield RR in N scale. However, right now we do not have room for it as we continue to do work in our basement.
After Graham decided on an N scale coal mining railroad, I started looking for a suitable candidate. My Dad had scrapped an interesting C&O branch in West Virginia in the 1970s. I recall him talking about it so I pulled out our “Ride the New River Train” and found the information we needed, the Keeney Creek branch to Lookout, WV. We decided to start in Lookout and work our way down the branch through Winona for now. We are still doing our background work, but we did start on our version of Lookout. We built a 12 inch deep by 48 inch long baseboard for the end of line. We will be using code 55 for the branchline and a mix of code 40 and 55 for the spurs and sidings.
Since our layout is going to be a shelf layout at a set height, I have not figured out the best way to recreate the almost continuous 4% grade from the C&O mainline along the New River up through Nuttallburg and the switchbacks to Lookout.
Follow along with us as we build an N finescale switching layout.