Latham's Piedmont Southern, Waldorf, MD
railroad is located in his garage, insuring ample
space. You enter from his house. My plan is to take
around the railroad. As the slide show demonstrates, all
scenes are exquisitely done and very well detailed.
first thing you see as you enter the room is South
and its two-track coal pier. The scene includes
light house, and a coal barge. The Piedmont branch begins
there’s a scrap dealer behind the pier approach track.
on, we come to Shenandoah,
the most recently rebuilt area of the railroad. Dale
the aisle way into the railroad here was too narrow (or perhaps
visitors are too wide). He pruned the railroad back a
re-arranged the scene. Included are a station, small yard,
company, coal dealer, and fertilizer warehouse.
a stream and come to Ann
Marie, with a small siding and building for American
Wood, which handles pulpwood.
there, we pass by Anitasdale
(named for Dale’s wife) with a prominent station and feed
company. The turnout at Shenandoah
puts us onto the main line. From there, if we were to
direction, we’d pass through Anitasdale and enter hidden track
leads to staging.
we proceed to South Blue
Ridge, which features Knickerbocker Furniture and a
passenger flag stop.
beyond is Blue Ridge,
the Piedmont Southern’s main yard, including fueling and repair
facilities and a turntable. Incoming cars are sorted here
Piedmont and Shenandoah turns and through freights.
here, the railroad has another branch that leads to Piedmont.
Major industries here include the Anita Latham Bakery, North
an urban scene with several industries, and an interchange
When operating a railroad, I like scenes that are a challenge,
a switching puzzle. From several enjoyable sessions I can
that this area is exactly that. Entering North Piedmont,
room for your locomotive and one freight car. So you need
think out what you’re picking up and whether the siding is
trailing point. Accessing the interchange track may
moving existing set-outs.
back on the main line at Blue Ridge, we proceed to the Piedmont
Station and Piedmont Heights,
which features a pet food company and small station.
there, we cross a high steel trestle to Adora
with a station, grocery distributor, and coal dump. The
the foreground features details on the front porch including a VectorCut®
rocking chair. Dale took four hours to assemble the chair
watching a Redskins game. Good thing the team isn’t so
year! From Adora Run we have access to Popes
which features a major coal tipple with a three-track yard and a
and stave supplier. Meanwhile, the main line passes the
tipple and enters a helix that allows the train to
Run and Popes Creek sit on a new peninsula that Dale only
the helix, we arrive at Sean
site of a flag stop and large concrete plant, including a
The plan is another switching challenge, but stops short of
puzzle. The passing siding can be used to hold cars
while switching the plant, provided one pays attention to the
we arrive at Hanover Junction,
which includes a team track, coal dump, and entrances to staging
you can see, Dale’s railroad combines real operating potential
excellent detailing and scenic-ing, a rare combination.
railroad is part of The Chesapeake Trainmasters Club, a local