Recently I joined the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Yahoo group. Great group of folks, and our request for help was answered by Joe Vandenberg. He is modeling the C&O Piney Creek Branch in 1944. However, he also had valuable information on the stretch of the Keeney Creek branch from Lookout to Winona. Joe sent me a hand-drawn map of the line with roads and Keeney creek included as well! THANK YOU JOE!!!
I have been working on our second module plan based on Joe’s excellent field sketches. I realize now that Lookout is not exactly like it really existed. However, while Graham and I tested the electric feeds, we also switched some cars. After watching our efforts, I think that the current track plan will work for us.
So, if you want to model a specific prototype, you could search for a Yahoo group. There appears to be plenty railroad groups on Yahoo. there is even a N scale group dedicated to just C&O!! Join, introduce yourself and ask some questions. You never know when someone will have a sketch or photo of something you need.
The next question, what does the tipple in Lookout look like? (say that 5 times real fast!)
Well the track is finally down, except for our connector to module two.
So what was learned? A lot!
(1) Nothing beats planning, especially since material, whether it is track, or wood costs money. Paper and pencil are still relatively cheap.
(2) If following a prototype, gather as much information as possible. It has not been until recently that I have been able to gather more information on the Keeney Creek branch.
(3) When making my module plan, include the electrical plan as well. I did write this on the bottom, but in my zeal to get the track laid, I failed to put in one set of feeds. I will fix this, but now it is a retro fit vs a construction process.
(4) Make a plan for the scenery and structures. I have no idea what we are going to have for a coal tipple on our version of Lookout. Since I did not spend my time gathering research, I did not have an idea of what the area looked like or what structures I should include, and where to include them.
The growing pains of going from experimental modules to a more finished product. An evolution step, with plenty of lessons for module two!