Southwestern Virginia track plan HO

Track plan Southwestern Virginia HO scale - Upper
  • Size: 28′ x 30′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″ (avg. 36″)
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

L&N Logo PlainMany railroads tangled in the Appalachians, but few areas featured as many railroads coming together as southwestern Virginia where the L&N, N&W, Interstate, Southern and Clinchfield all interchanged within a few miles.

The Layout

N&W Logo blue PlainThis was one of the track plans designed for Stu Thayer’s basement before he moved. It downplays the coal branches but captures most of the interactions and interchanges between the five railroads dominating the Western … Read more

L&N CV Sub track plan HO

Track plan L&N CV Sub HO scale - Lower
  • Size: 28′ x 30′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Stuart Thayer and Dan Bourque

L&N Logo PlainThe L&N’s CV sub stretched from Corbin, Kentucky to southeastern Virginia where in short order it interchanged with the Southern, Interstate and N&W. The L&N also handed off a good deal of traffic bound for the Clinchfield to the Interstate at Dorchester Jct for the latter to run to its connecting with the CRR until 1973 when the L&N acquired rights to run over the N&W and connect with the Clinchfield at St Paul, VA. This area was … Read more

INT East End track plan HO

Track plan INT East End HO scale - Phase II
  • Size: 19′ x 33′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

Interstate Logo PlainThe east half of the Interstate Railroad featured multiple branch lines, dozens of coal loaders, interchanges with the L&N, N&W and Clinchfield, and the railroad’s only two tunnels.

The Layout

This track plan is designed as a “progressive” layout with construction an operations starting in one half of the basement and oozing over to the other half at a later date. The entire track plan covers the east-end operations of the Interstate, including three major branches, from … Read more

VGN Pemberton, WV track plan HO

Track plan VGN Pemberton, WV HO scale
  • Size: 19′ x 33′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 26″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

VGN Logo (plain)Pemberton, WV was an important junction for both the Virginian (later the N&W) and the C&O. Pemberton lay in the middle of the Winding Gulf trackage for both railroads and was one of two interchange points in the area where both railroads crammed into the valleys (the other was Stone COal Jct. further south). Coal loaders surrounded both railroad’s lines in all directions.

The Layout

C&O Logo PlainThis track plan is a single-deck … Read more

L&N Cumberland Valley and St Paul track plan HO

Track plan CV and St Paul HO scale - lower
  • Size: 28′ x 30′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 27″
  • Designed by Stuart Thayer

L&N Logo PlainThis was Stu Thayer’s initial track plan for his Cumberland Valley and St. Paul.  The layout is designed as faithfully to the prototype as space allows and represents the L&N’s Cumberland Valley Sub from Loyall, Kentucky to Norton, Virginia, the Interstate (Southern) Railroad from Dorchester Jct. to Miller Yard, VA, the N&W’s Clinch Valley District from Norton to Boody, VA, and the Clinchfield from Boody to Miller Yard, VA. The layout captures all of the major interchange points between these four … Read more

VGN Elmore and Winding Gulf, WV track plan HO

Track plan VGN Elmore and Winding Gulf, WV HO scale - Lower
  • Size: 19′ x 33′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

VGN Logo (plain)Elmore was the center of Virginian Railway operations in the coal fields. Mullens, just north (railroad west) of Elmore, was home to a major engine facility and the western terminus of electrification on the Virginian. Traffic through Elmore was predominantly coal, but there was meager non-coal traffic in the form of traffic to and from the NYC and C&O at Deepwater, WV. Because of the tipples included, this trackplan best fits the timeframe between 1940 and 1970. Prior to 1962, the mainline was electrified and the Virginian (N&W after … Read more

SOU St Charles Branch, VA track plan HO

Track plan SOU St Charles, VA HO scale - Upper
  • Size: 19′ x 33′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″ (24″ in helix to Monarch)
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

Southern Logo (plain)The St. Charles Branch was a tree-shaped branch of the Southern northwest of Appalachia, VA. The Southern owned the branch, but the L&N (and the CSX today) had trackage rights over the entire branch.  It appears that a Southern mine run was operated out of St. Charles (two mine runs in the 70s) and served all of the mines up the branch lines.  The coal would then be moved south through Pocket and over to the yard at Appalachia (later Andover), VA.   The … Read more

L&N Hagans Switchback track plan segment HO

Track plan L&N Hagans Switchback HO scale
  • Size: 20′ x 25′ (track segment)
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

L&N Logo PlainHagans Switchback is located on the L&N in between Loyall, KY and Appalachia, VA. The original Cumberland Valley Division mainline ran up the poor valley from Cumberland Gap to Appalachia. A major branchline was constructed to Loyall, KY and beyond soon after. With the goal of reaching the Clinchfield RR, the the L&N stretched the Martin’s Fork branch southward from Loyall through the 6,244 foot long Hagans Tunnel. The tunnel exits directly beneath the original CV main, but abruptly ends because of the lack of funds to complete the project. To reach the … Read more