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Operating Railroads


Home Base
#1 Rockville Hilton—Convention Headquarters

Thursday Evening
#2 MatThompson—Oregon Coast Railroad

Friday Morning
#9 Marshall Abrams—Abrams Railroad Empire

Friday Afternoon
#11 Doug Kirkpatrick—Virginia & Western RR
 

Saturday Morning
#10 Brian Sheron—Long Island Rail Road


Layout Descriptions

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Mat Thompson's Oregon Coast Railroad

Mat Thompson's Oregon Coast Railroad, set in 1956, follows the Columbia River from Portland to Astoria and then south along the Pacific Ocean to Tillamook. Modeled activities include an ocean port with a tramp steamer and car float, a large yard and engine facility, and a large meatpacking plant. This portion of the layout fills a 36' by 32' room in a folded dog bone configuration. The layout has grown with a 50' x 2' U-shaped extension in a second room. Newly modeled industries include a cheese factory, a large lumber mill and a paper mill.

Scenery is 95% complete with several water features and hundreds of trees. The layout was featured in Great Model Railroads 2014.   

Location: Gainsville, VA (#2 on map, 41 miles, 1 hour from hotel #1)
Layout scale: HO
Handicapped access. No
Previous visit: http://potomac-nmra.org/LayoutTours/I-66_Double_Header/index.html
Car Forwarding method: Car cards & waybill 
Traffic control system: Timetable & Train Order (TT&TO) 
Railroad control system: Digitrax DCC
Operations scheduled for Thursday evening.   Registration code 801, $5.

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Marshall Abrams' Abrams Railroad Empire (ARE)

The ARE is a 20 foot by 22 foot walk-around freelance HO layout that models the "anachronistic era."  The ARE operates 21 industries, 5 yards, 7 towns, and 2 interchange tracks.  Three towns are fully sceniced and scenery construction is spreading.

The ARE operations are directed using instructions based on manifests generated by the RailOP computer program. Local trains run from Babel Yard to industries and towns and back to Babel. Local switchers serve Vienna and Carnegie, interchanging cars with the locals from Babel. Through freights run between Babel and Marshal Yards. Marshal, in turn, interchanges freight cars with the world beyond the walls via the Westmoreland Railroad and the Providence & Worcester Railroad. The Westmoreland interchange track is connecting to Marshal Yard and serviced by a local locomotive provided by the Westmoreland.  The Providence & Worcester is a staging track. Both Westmoreland and Providence & Worcester are hidden tracks visible from Marshal by a mirror hung from the ceiling.

Location: Silver Spring, MD (#9 on map, 8 miles, 25 minutes from hotel #1)
Layout scale: HO
Handicapped access: Yes
URL: ARE web page http://abrams-railroad.potomac-nmra.org/; layout tour http://potomac-nmra.org/LayoutTours/MarshallAbrams2014/index.html
Car Forwarding method: Switchlists, based on manifests generated by the RailOP computer program
Traffic control system: Sequential
Railroad control system: Digitrax DCC
Operations scheduled for Friday Morning, 9 am - noon.   Registration code 802, $5.

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Doug Kirkpatrick's Virginia & Western RR

The V&W railroad is a freelanced, late steam/early diesel era railroad hauling people and cargo from the tidewater west over the Blue Ridge Mountains post WW II.  The HO-scale railroad follows the Norfolk & Western prototype.  The layout room is 37' x 26' with the railroad occupying 575 square feet.  The track is handlaid with all scenery completed. The mountain railroad features many bridges and trestles which are scratch built.  All of the buildings are either scratch built or craftsman kits and highly detailed.  There are many mirrors incorporated through out the layout with an article describing their use in Model Railroad Planning (MRP) 2017.  The V&W railroad is featured on the cover of the May 2008 issue of Model Rairoader.

Location: Falls Church, VA  (#11 on map, 21 miles, 29 minutes from hotel #1)
Handicapped access. No
Scale:  HO  • Size: 26 x 37- feet, 575 square feet  • Length of Mainline: 600 feet
Prototype: Freelance (N&W influence)  • Theme: Class I mountain railroading
Locale:  Virginia -  West Virginia   • Period:  Summer Early 50's
Track Height:  33" to 52"   • Benchwork:  Open frame L-girder  • Track:  Handlaid Code 83 mainline, Code 70 branch & yards
Turnout Minimums: No. 6 Mainline, No. 5 Yard  • Minimum Radii:  Main line 34", branch line 24"   • Maximum Grades: 1.7% mainline, 2.0% branch
Scenery:  Hydrocal over screen, rock castings & ground foam  • Backdrop:  Hand-painted
Railroad control system:  Digitrax DCC
Car Forwarding method:  Car Cards and Waybills
Traffic control system: Fully operational position signal system  • Clearance cards and train orders for extras
Crew of 10 with 4 road crew and 6 local positions
Operations scheduled for Friday Afternoon.   Registration code 803, $5.
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Brian Sheron's Long Island Rail Road
Port Jefferson Branch

Brian models the Long Island Rail Road, Port Jefferson Branch, Atlantic Branch, and the City Terminal Zone, circa 1964 (or, if he wants to run his G5’s, K4’s, and  H10’s, he changes out his fleet of cabooses, and dials the era back 10 years to 1954). The layout occupies three rooms in his basement, a 13’ x 19’ room,  a 12’ x 12’ room, and 10’ x20' room. It is primarily a double track, folded dogbone arrangement. One branch (City Terminal Zone) runs into the 12’ x 12’ room where he models New York City, complete with an operating overhead El, Penn Station, including a cutaway of the LIRR underground platforms in Penn Station where the P-54 MU’s would arrive to deliver and pick up the famous “Dashing Dan” LIRR commuter. The newest branch, the Atlantic Branch, goes into the 10’ x 20’ room, where Brian models Holban Yard, Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, and the LIRR car floats in Long Island City. The layout is 100% sceniced, and chock full of detail (Brian estimates he has well over 300 figures, and over 200 vehicles on the layout). All of his engines are prototypic of the eras he models (although he also has two Atlas C-420s in the 1970’s Metro livery — because he thought they were neat!).  Most of the streets have working streetlights, the buildings on the layout have interior lights, and he has also a large number of of electro-luminescent signs, including many that he custom-made, for many of his industries, all of which contribute to impressive nighttime scenes.

Location: Poolsville, MD (#10 on map, 19 miles, 45 minutes from hotel #1)
Layout scale: HO
Handicapped access: No
URL: layout tour http://potomac-nmra.org/LayoutTours/Pollesville_Double_Header/index.html
Car Forwarding method: Switchlists
Traffic control system: Sequential
Railroad control system: Digitrax DCC
Operations scheduled for Saturday Morning, 9 am - noon.   Registration code 804, $5.

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