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WM Challenger O scale by Lee Turner

WM Challenger O scale model by Lee Turner

Have you seen all the latest on Appalachian Railroad Modeling? First, thanks to Lee Turner for contributing some beautiful photos of his custom-weathered Western Maryland steam in O-scale. See them on the Western Maryland model photos page.

There are also a couple new track plans to check out. The first is an HO-scale bedroom-sized plan for the Clinchfield’s Nora Spur that captures all the loaders and operations on this busy coal branch using two decks without a lengthy helix. This plan is perfect for the modeler with a modest space who enjoys switching that requires a lot of interesting moves.

Oneida, Tennessee and Brimstone HO scale track plan - lower levelThe second is a basement-sized plan featuring the Southern’s busy CNO&TP mainline through Tennessee coal country including connections with two coal-hauling short lines, the Tennessee RR and the Brimstone & New River. Here’s one where you can model a steam-powered shay alongside a burly SD35, and it’s prototypical!

Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color Vol 2 VirginiaFinally, if you’re looking for some new reading material, check out the latest book reviews including Appalachian Railroad Modeling’s first review of the N&W Branchline series and Volumes 1 and 2 of Stephen Timko’s Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color.

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