Dale Latham's Piedmont Southern
by Mike White
was a hot and humid day – but that didn’t stop over 30 area model rail
fans from making the trek to Waldorf to tour Dale Latham’s exquisite HO
scale Piedmont Southern.
I am not sure what the reason is, but photos somehow fail to capture
the same impact as when you visit in person. Those who visited today
all came out of the layout room with the same impression – Wow! This is
a must see when the next opportunity occurs.
The Piedmont Southern occupies 21’ x 23’ with a 215 ft. mainline run
representing Appalachian freight hauling in northwestern Virginia and
eastern West Virginia in summer and fall of1955. Among the many
interesting features is that the scenery on the branch line to
Shenandoah depicts a transition from summer to fall. The transition is
so subtle that it has to be pointed out to many people before they
realize what they’re seeing. Dale’s layout was recently featured in
Great Model Railroads 2009.