Charlie Young’s
Chesapeake Crossing RR
December 18, 2005

The Chesapeake Crossing RR is a 17' X 23' N-scale layout patterned after the Norfolk & Western in the diesel era, set in the mountains of a locale such as West Virginia. All of the wiring and panels are complete with DCC control. All of the trackwork is micro engineering code 55 with no. 6 turnouts. Tortoise switch machines are used for all powered turnouts; the wiring beneath the layout is extremely well organized and laid out.

Scenery on the mountainsides is basically complete and very impressive in capturing the look of a heavy mountain railroad, along with much work accomplished on the urban and industrial areas. Charlie has been working on this layout for about 10 years and has a great operation to show for his hard work.

Structures either finished or in progress include scratchbuilt, Walther’s Cornerstone, and others made from DPM wall sections with considerable detailing added. Many of the structures are notably larger than those typically found on model railroads, providing a more prototypical appearance. A large coal mine is supported by an extensive yard, and the area near the mine includes numerous company houses, a subject not often modeled. In another area, there is a substantial roundhouse and service facility. Another area depicts a corn field. It is about half done. Charlie must have already used every N scale packet of brass corn stocks in existence.


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