David Vaughn's
Kentucky Western Division of the Nickel Plate Road
May 14, 2006

Where do old layouts go when they "retire"? If they are lucky, they become part of David Vaughn's Kentucky Western. David's O Gauge railroad began with a layout originally constructed by Ted Stepek and designed by John Armstrong.

The railroad represents the Nickel Plate circa 1958, in southern Ohio. The railroad includes several miles of track, industries, yards and sidings and currently occupies an 18' x 49' foot space in David's Maryland basement. The Nickel Plate was a coal hauling railroad that also served as a Midwestern bridge route. The railroad still operated steam in 1955 and David's version includes some spectacular O gauge locomotives, DCC and sound equipped.

David has just added am 18' x 42' extension, to incorporate two more retired railroads; John Armstrong's Canandaigua Southern and Ed Rappe's PRR Horseshoe curve. Portions of both these railroads were included on the tour along with David's plans on incorporating elements into his layout. Elements of all three of these railroads will be incorporated to create a 90 foot mainline run. It's great to see that such famous layouts have found a good home and it will be fascinating to watch as they are incorporated into the Kentucky Western.

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