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Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1-4 PM, Reston, VA
Glenn Downing's Milwaukee Road - Superior Division; Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee

Handicap Accessibility: None (in a downstairs basement)
Scale: HO
Multi-level layout depicting two railroads with an interchange in Racine, Wisconsin. Set in 1948. First time hosting the Potomac Division.

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Broad Run, VA
Cam Green's Maine Central Lower Road

Cam Green's Maine Central Lower Road Cam Green's Maine Central Lower Road Access: Down a flight of stairs, not handicapped accessable.

Purpose of Layout: Simulate the operations of the Maine Central Railroad between Yarmouth Junction and East Augusta in the mid to late 1970’s. Modeled sections of Maine Central: Lower Road Between Yarmouth Junction and Augusta, ME. Lewiston Lower Branch, Cobbosseecontee Branch, Rockland Branch (Staging only).

Lower Road (West to East) - Yarmouth Junction, Hillside Siding, Brunswick West Yard, Brunswick East Yard, Rockland Junction, Richmond Siding, Gardiner, Cobbosseecontee Branch, Hallowell, Augusta, East Augusta.
Lewiston Lower Branch (West to East) – Androscoggin Bridge to Topsham, Pejepscot Paper mill, Lisbon Falls (Chip Board Mill), Lewiston lower team and industrial (Mill) tracks and yard.

Layout type: Double Deck, Operated as a Point to Point but is essentially a loop through staging. One Double Track Helix.

This is our first visit to this railroad.

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Gaithersburg, MD
Dean Ripple's Baltimore & Ohio's Monongah Division

Dean Ripple's Baltimore & Ohio's Monongah Division Dean Ripple's Baltimore & Ohio's Monongah Division
Access: The layout is in the basement down a flight of stairs with handrails.

The Baltimore & Ohio's Monongah Division is an HO model railroad,set in West Virginia, circa the mid 1950s. The B&O’s lines south of Grafton, West Virginia, ran on light rail and tight curves.  Small steam locomotives ran until the end of the steam era—no big Mallet steam engines were found here!  I model the area near Buckhannon, with Grafton and Charleston as staging tracks at the end of the layout.  The layout attempts to capture the backwoods feel of these lines, without getting picky about the actual trackwork or geography of any locale.  Constructing the benchwork in a set of modules facilitated several changes in residence. The layout is now about 12' x 16'.  We operate regularly, using train orders.  Now that the scenery is nearly 100% complete, I am taking the time to scratchbuild the last few structures on the layout.

Read more about the model railroad at: https://sites.google.com/site/monongahdiv/
To read about our last visit, click here.

Saturday, April 11. 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Arlington, VA
Brad Stanford's Cowan, TN, NC&STL Helper District

Brad Stanford's Cowan, TN, NC&STL Helper District Brad Stanford's Cowan, TN, NC&STL Helper District
Access: Entrance is a backdoor off our driveway onto a stair landing that allows access after three steps down. I would characterize it as “approachable” rather than “accessible”.
My layout is set in the World War II years (circa 1941-1945), and focuses on Cowan,Tennessee, as the high point on a major route of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St Louis Railroad midway between Nashville and Chattanooga. I chose this because it is a helper district, modeling several scenic spots and commercial activities, as well as a 2000-foot tunnel and 2% grade up and down the mountain. It is in N-Scale to enhance the scenic to trackage ratio, and faithfully follows the track plan of the actual railroad of this era. It will feature the helper yard, the main street of Cowan and its depots, the Cumberland Cement factory, Cumberland Mountain and its tunnel, and a branch line to Tracy City and its coal operation.

The layout was built by Lance Mindheim over about six months in 2016-17 based on a design we collaboratively developed. It has a wood frame, 100 switches, and a sky-blue aluminum backdrop. All track segments are separately powered by an NCE DCC Compatible Command Control System.

This is our first visit to this railroad.

Saturday May 30, 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Vienna, VA
Brad Trenkamp's State Line Feed Co.

Handicap Accessible: No; down basement steps.

A proto-freelance of a Cargill feed mill on State Line Rd in the West Bottoms of Kansas City.

This is our first visit to this railroad.

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 1 – 4 PM, Rockville, Maryland
Alex Belida’s Eureka & South Pass RR

Lincoln Lumber Parker's Peak Mine

The layout is not handicapped accessible. It’s upstairs on the 2nd floor.

Alex Belida’s Eureka and South Pass Railroad is a fictional HO scale railroad located in Nevada in the late 1890s. It is built around two mines, one located at Parker’s Peak and called the Parker’s Peak Mine, and the other, called the Flack Mine.

The town of Eureka is home to Adam’s Shipping and Storage, the bank, an assay office, the Coombs family bakery, Milner’s General Store, Lily’s Pleasure Palace, the blacksmith shop, Kee’s Chinese Laundry, Adam’s Miners’ Supply and the Eureka Gazette newspaper office as well as a firehouse with horse-drawn fire engine.

The town features a small train yard with turntable, repair-in-place building and various out buildings.
South Pass is a village above Eureka. It is home to the Lincoln Lumber Company, named after the illustrious President Abraham Lincoln, whose picture adorns a sign on the sawmill.

Among the layout’s other features are Calum Creek, a narrow body of water running down from the hills adjacent to the Parker’s Peak Mine, and a statue honoring Pioneers of the West, also near the creek.
The small DCC layout runs along three sides of a 2nd floor bedroom. There are plans for expansion to allow around-the-room runs through a liftout.

Guests are invited to sign the E&SP visitors’ logbook, called the “Keep Calm and Carry On” register, the motto of the railroad.

Alex notes that after starting his layout he discovered a real Eureka in Nevada, founded by miners in the 1800s, and serviced by a narrow gauge railroad called the Eureka and Palisades RR. The discovery was the subject of a Potomac Division clinic that he delivered. 

Alex urges visitors to follow his blog: https://esprrblog.wordpress.com

The Eureka and South Pass Railroad is a project that was conceived in the 1960s but had to wait until 2017 to become a reality. Alex Belida is a retired foreign correspondent and news executive who worked for the Voice of America. Besides postings in Europe and Africa, he traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad while assigned to the White House and the Pentagon.

This is our first visit to this railroad.

Nick Kalis,     Layout Tour Coordinator        Layout-Tours@potomac-nmra.org

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