Pugsburg model railroad is a freelance HO railroad 24' by 32'
layout with sections of floor to near ceiling scenery. Penny,
C&O and some B&O steam is present with some
early diesels. There is a two track mainline with an additional point
to point logging line . The layout is about 75% done with hundreds of
Hydrangea hand made trees. Real materials such as moss and lichens are
heavily utilized along with real dirt and coal. The layout was designed
more to be a railfan running layout rather than a layout built for
operations. Although limited operations can be done the layouts primary
design is to showcase running long double headed freights and passenger
trains. I believe the hobby is to be shared and I am now at the point
where I would like to share it as much as possible since much of it
looks finished enough to show.
mentors are the late Harry Clark (featured in Alan Keller's Great Model
Railroads, Vol. 8) and my friend Howard Zane who is famous in the
hobby. Harry taught me the techniques of using wild Hydrangea to make
trees moss and how to use as many natural materials as possible. Howard
Zane also comes by so I can solicit his advise as well .His work also
inspires me. I am also heavily influenced by George Sellios
and I am building a city, Pugsburg, which is heavily influenced by the
big city on his Franklin and South Manchester. I also have 19 of his
kits and also enjoy scratch building and kit bashing many of the
is Northcoast DCC . The city although fictional has many historic
Baltimore icons some yet to be built such as the Bromo-Seltzer Tower
and American Brewery. Many of CMRs skyscraper kits are also featured. I
have two rules for the railroad. Number 1 there are no rules and number
2 no nit picking! Anything that can detract from the fun or joy of the
hobby is not welcome.
large sawmill 4' x10' was built by Harry Clark and I have added a 8'
lumber yard to it. The town of Cass West Virginia sits across it on a
20' x 7' wide hill. Aisles are narrow so it is not handicap accessible
however the entrance is thru the garage with NO steps so folks with
moderate disability can still get in. Construction started in 1997 and
continues to this day. The purpose of the railroad is for the logging
line to feed the hungry mill at Cass and to deliver freight and
passengers to Pugsburg and to the mountain resort yet to be built.
open house was very successful with a total of 27 signed in attending.
All in attendance were very polite and appeared to enjoy the layout. It
is my tradition to allow visitors to run the trains which frees me up
as a host to answer any questions. Due to my limited aisle space it was
quite crowded. Perhaps next time I may have time slots or a waiting area
in the event 10 or more folks show at the same time so smaller groups
can more easily see the complete layout. I greatly appreciated all who
made special trips to come and hope it was as enjoyable for all who
visited as it was for me. One of my model railroad mentors, Howard Zane,
who was in attendance always said what I, too, firmly believe.
Model railroading is an art form and art is useless if it is not
shared. I hope to be asked to have additional open houses in the
future. My wife Silvia and I thank all who came.