September 16th, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 PM - Burke, VA Double Header
of poor turnout due to inclement weather in December, 2016, Rick and
John have graciously agreed to repeat their joint open house in
September, 2017. Chance of freezing rain should be reduced.
For that reason, we can offer you the layout write-up and slide shows
ahead of time, in hopes of encouraging your visit. Click here.
|Rick Wright’s CONUS
Lines, Burke, VA
Railroad is located in a basement which can only be accessed by stairs.
Lines is an O Scale, 3-Rail layout filling Rick Wright’s 24 x 35 ft.
basement. Based on a track plan “Big Trains You Can Live With” by John
Armstrong, the layout includes a double-track main line, mountain
grades, a branch line, and continuous run, out-and-back, and
point-to-point operation options. With the exception of the yard and
engine servicing facilities, the layout is all open-grid construction.
Trains run using MTH’s Digital Control System, with all the sights,
sound and smoke that entails. Scenery is 100% finished from the
standpoint of appearance, but new projects on the drawing board will
change its appearance in several areas in 2016.
the forthcoming visit, the featured timeframe will be November 1953.
Union Pacific will be featured, with freights powered by steam, first
generation diesel, and gas turbine power. The pre-dome “City of St.
Louis” will be running as it was in the early 50s as a thru St. Louis
to Los Angeles “Streamliner.” All motive power running will be MTH with
rolling stock (all scale, Kadee coupler-equipped) from Athearn, All
Nation, Atlas, Crown, K-Line, Lionel, MTH, Pecos River, Sunset, and
here for details of Rick's last open house with us.
|John Sethian’s PRR Nassau Division,
Railroad is accessed through a duck under with handlebar assists.
Sethian’s Pennsylvania Railroad Nassau Division is a 2 rail O Scale
layout inspired by the PRR electrified main line through New Jersey ca
1956. The main line is double tracked throughout, but expands
four tracks reminiscent of the high speed raceway flying over New
Brunswick and through Princeton Junction. Catenary
are up in most of the visible parts of the layout, but the catenary
itself must await completion of the scenery behind it.
for other scenes on the layout are: the tracks leaving Trenton Station,
the Whitford Bridge in Exton PA, the “Trenton Takes the World Takes”
bridge, an imprecise blend of Trenton and Philadelphia, and the typical
Garden State landscape.
As expected, the locomotive
roster is dominated by heavy GG1 and P5a electrics. But there are also
diesels and steam that are acceptable for the era and, for the most
part, the locale. Rolling stock and locomotives come from several
manufacturers, and include limited run brass pieces as well as
converted 3 rail offerings from MTH or Lionel. The layout
the MTH DCS control system. Scenery ranges from magazine cover quality
to painted pink foam. But all cars and trucks are
“age-appropriate” weathered and have 1956 New Jersey License
The walls and the ceiling are painted
to look like the sky and the fascia top has a constant
This allows a panoramic, photo-friendly look. Lighting is provided
exclusively by LED light bars which are dimmable to 5%. As
the buildings are lit (several with interiors), and there are many
illuminated street lights and signs, one can always bask in tranquil
twilight in the layout room.
here for details of John's last open house with us.
13th, 2018, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Waldorf, MD, Double Header
Latham’s Piedmont Southern, Waldorf, MD
Railroad is located in a garage which can only be accessed by two half-flights of stairs.
Piedmont Southern is an HO scale railroad depicting a fictional Class 1
running from Connellsville, PA to Richmond Virginia. The
is set in 1956 and runs both steam and diesel. Dale has
quite a few Potomac layout tours over the years, but the layout is
always changing so there are scenes that many have never seen. The
layout is approaching being 100% sceniced, unless he rips something out
to start over between now and the tour. The railroad is part
the Chesapeake Trainmasters Club (CTC) where a group of operators meets
every Tuesday in round robin operating sessions.
Click here for details of Dale's last open
house with us.
Paulson’s Conrail Allegheny Division, Waldorf, MD
Railroad is located in a basement WITH a walk-out door for
accessibility, but there is a bit of a hill from the sidewalk to the
Conrail Allegheny Division is a point to point, double deck HO Scale
layout built for operation. East bound trains depart from Conway yard
staging and the Pitcairn Intermodal facility. West bound trains depart
from Enola Yard staging or from Harris yard. The decks are 18" apart
and helpers are sometimes needed to get trains through the mountains.
fifty industries are serviced by Conrail. The Karra Steel branch line
breaks off from the double track main and is home to numerous steel
mill related industries and rolling mills. Conrail interchanges with
the Karra Steel railroad a spinoff of Davies Steel, and the E, J
E at the South end of the branch line.
Glenn is a member
of the operating group, the Chesapeake TrainMasters, and thanks the
members for their inspiration, operating ideas, and work sessions.
This is our first visit to Glenn's railroad.