C&O NYC Nicholas Fayette & Greenbriar Railroad, WV track plan N

C&O NYC NF&G N scale track plan
  • Size: 22′ x 30′
  • Scale: N
  • Minimum Radius: 20″ 
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

NF&G Map Rainelle, WVNYC LogoThe Nicholas, Fayette & Greenbriar railroad, more commonly known as the NF&G, was a paper railroad set up by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1929 to resolve the battle between the C&O and NYC on which road would serve the rich coal deposits being developed along the Gauley and Meadow Rivers. The heart of the NF&G was the assembly yard … Read more

C&O Kayford, WV Track Plan HO

C&O Kayford, WV HO scale track plan
  • Size: 18′ x 12′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Mainline Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 36″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

C&O LogoThe C&O’s Cabin Creek Sub was one of several large coal branches extending south from the C&O mainline along the Kanawha River in the heart of West Virginia. At the end of the Cabin Creek Sub was Kayford, WV, home to a maze of track work serving a handful of tipples including the large Truax-Trauer (later Oglebay Norton) Shamrock Preparation Plant. The C&O hauled loads of raw coal up the steep 2.4% grade (up to 3.4% in places) and then hauled clean coal back down.

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CRR Elkhorn City, KY track plan N

Track plan CRR C&O Elkhorn City, KY N scale
  • Size: 11′ x 12′
  • Scale: N
  • Minimum Radius: 18″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

CRR Logo PlainElkhorn City was the Northernmost point on the Clinchfield RR and was an important interchange point between the CRR and C&O. Both merchandise and coal trains were exchanged daily with the majority of the coal moving south from the C&O to the CRR. In addition to a modest engine servicing facility, Elkhorn City was home to several truck-dump coal loaders located alongside the yard tracks.

The Layout

This track plan includes all of the major tracks in the yard and most of the loaders along with the … Read more

C&O Prince and Quinnimont, WV track plan HO

Track plan C&O Prince to Quinnimont, WV HO scale
  • Size: 17′ x 41′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Mainline Radius: 34″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

C&O Logo PlainThe C&O’s New River District ran along its namesake river through many small hamlets with coal branches twisting off it in all directions from small coal marshalling yards along the double-track mainline. The small towns of Prince and Quinnimont are representive of this district. Prince was home to a passenger station and the junction with the Piney Creek Sub with tangled with the Virginian Railway to the west. Quinnimont was home to a small coal yard, engine terminal and wye which led to the short Laurel Creek Sub ending at … Read more

VGN Mullens to Matoaka, WV track plan HO

Track plan VGN Mullens to Matoaka, WV HO scale
  • Size: 34′ x 37′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 36″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

VGN Logo (plain)Elmore, WV was the heart of the Virginian Railway’s coal operations. Besides being the major coal marshaling yard and and the base for mine runs and helpers, Elmore (along with nearby Mullens) was home to large facilities for big steam working the coal branches and mainline west and the electrics working the helper grade east and mainline to the Virginia coast. It was precisely for these attributes that a friend wanted to model this area.

The Layout

This large layout was designed for a friend who had a very … Read more

C&O New River District, WV track plan HO

Track Plan C&O New River District, WV HO scale - Lower
  • Size: 28′ x 30′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

C&O Logo PlainThe Chesapeake & Ohio’s New River District was enormous and encompassed numerous coal marshaling yards and dozens of branches (“subs” in C&O lingo).  The C&O’s double-track mainline ran through the heart of the New River District from Deepwater, WV to Hinton, WV.  The marshaling yard at Thurmond, WV sat on the mainline in the middle of the district.  It served not only as a yard but also as a base for numerous nearby branches including the South Side Branch, the Loup Creek Sub, the White Oak Sub, Keeney’s Creek Sub, Hawks Nest … Read more

C&O Rend Branch, WV track plan HO

Track plan C&O Rend Branch, WV HO scale
  • Size: 10′ x 11′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 60″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

C&O Logo PlainThe C&O’s Rend Branch was part of the maze of C&O branches that wound out from Thurmond, WV. The 4-mile long branch extended off the Loup Creek Branch and was home to a handful of coal tipples.

The Layout

This layout is designed to fit into a relatively small bedroom and focuses on the C&O’s Rend Branch, a small steam-era coal branch near Thurmond, WV.  The branch exended from the Loup Creek Branch and was only about four miles long.  This track plan is based on 1921 track charts and contains … Read more

C&O Quinnimont, WV track plan HO

Track plan C&O Quinnimont, WV HO scale - Upper
  • Size: 20′ x 22′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 24″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

C&O Logo PlainThis layout is designed to fit into roughly half of a standard two-car garage.  It oozes over the centerline a little, but you may still be able to squeeze your wife’s Volkswagon into her half 😉

The Layout

Let me start by saying I have never been to Quinnimont, and I have never seen track diagrams of Quinnimont.  This plan is based on a few pictures and topo maps of the area.  Quinnimont was an important spot on the C&O’s New River line in West Virginia.  It was where coal from … Read more

VGN White Oak Branch, WV track plan HO

Track Plan VGN White Oak Branch, WV HO scale
  • Size: 11′ x 18′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 27″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

VGN Logo (plain)The White Oak Branch originally started as the White Oak Railway which served the mines at Lochgelly and Summerlee.  The White Oak interchanged with the C&O at Carlisle, WV, and the Virginian at Oak Hill Jct., WV.  The White Oak was sold to both the Virginian and C&O in 1917.  Even though it was sold to both railroads, in reality the C&O would interchange cars at Carlisle, and the Virginian (later the N&W) would move them to the mines.

The Layout

This bedroom-sized layout represents the Virginian’s White Oak … Read more

C&O Hawks Nest, WV track plan HO

Track plan C&O Hawks Nest, WV HO Scale - Main
  • Size: 10′ x 14′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 46″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

C&O Logo PlainThis layout packs a lot of track into a relatively small bedroom.  It focuses on the C&O’s Hawks Nest Branch, a small steam-era coal branch near MacDougal, WV, and a small portion of the mainline from Thurmond to Charleston, WV.  The branch was only three miles long.  This track plan is based on 1921 track charts and contains the three mines listed.  None of the mines were listed as active by 1966.

Main Deck

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