N&W Track Plans

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N&W Dumps Creek Branch, VA track plan N

N&W Dumps Creek Branch track plan in HO lower deck

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  • Size: 23′ x 24′
  • Scale: N
  • Minimum Radius: 18″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

N&W Logo blue PlainThe N&W’s Dumps Creek Branch operated more like a self contained short line than a branch. In it’s 16 miles, the signaled branch served several large loaders of the Clinchfield Coal Company, a pair of the company’s large preparation plants and a power plant. It had its own yard at Carbo, VA with a small shop, and it operated big power on several trains daily hauling coal up and over the Sandy Ridge through a tunnel more than a mile long.

The Layout

This layout represents the Dumps … Read more

CRR N&W St Paul, VA track plan N

Track plan CRR N&W St Paul, VA N scale

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  • Size: 10′ x 12′
  • Scale: N
  • Minimum Radius: 18″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 22″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

CRR Logo PlainSt Paul, Virginia, was a unique piece of railroad. The N&W, travelling from East to West, and the Clinchfield, travelling from North to South, intersect and run parallel through the town with wyes at either end. The CRR and N&W interchanged at Boody, and there were a few small industries in town. St Paul offers a lot of variety in operation depending on the time period modeled. Up to the 60s, the N&W and CRR were the … Read more

N&W North Fork Branch, WV track plan HO

Track plan N&W North Fork Branch, WV HO scale

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  • Size: 10′ x 16′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 24″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 24″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

N&W Logo tuscan PlainThe Norfolk & Western had coal branches all across southern West Virginia. The North Fork Branch stemmed from the busy Bluefield-Williamson mainline of the Pocahontas Division. Like most branches, the North Fork was filled with loaders and a variety of track arrangements to serve them. This is what makes branch line modeling so great for those who love switching. This line was active into the NS era, though I am not sure which loaders remained active.

The Layout

This layout is designed to fit into … Read more

INT Norton and Dixiana Branch track plan N

Track plan INT Norton and Dixiana N scale

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  • Size: 9′ x 9′
  • Scale: N
  • Minimum Radius: 12″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 48″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

Interstate Logo PlainThe Interstate’s Dixiana branch north of Norton, VA was home to several coal loaders and served by two mine runs per day.  A small yard at Norton was used by the Interstate’s first and third mine runs and “Hill Crews” bound for the Clinchfield at Miller Yard to sort cars bound for the Southern and L&N (west) from those bound for the Clinchfield (east) and the N&W at Norton.  The N&W’s medium-sized … Read more

INT Dorchester and Dixiana Branch, VA track plan HO

Track plan INT Dorchester and Dixiana Branch HO scale - Upper

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  • Size: 21′ x 28′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″ (visible)
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 36″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

Dorchester & Dixiana Branch logoThe Interstate’s operations in and around Norton, VA and up the the Dixiana Branch were busy and interesting. In addition to the massive amounts of coal being generated on the branch, the mainline also saw a lot of movement of interchange traffic, particularly between the L&N at Dorchester Jct. and the Clinchfield at Miller Yard, the eastern end of the Interstate’s mainline. This layout (currently being built … Read more

N&W Clinch Valley District, VA track plan HO

Track plan N&W Clinch Valley District, VA HO scale - Upper

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  • Size: 19′ x 33′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 30″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 30″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

N&W Logo blue PlainThis track plan was designed to fit in a previous basement of mine.  It models the west end of the N&W’s Clinch Valley District from Boody (St. Paul), VA to Norton, VA.  In all, it represents about 20 miles of mainline and 2 miles of branchline.  This was a very busy area with heavy minerun and interchange traffic.  In all, there are four railroads represented on this layout:  N&W, Interstate, Clinchfield, and L&N.

The Layout

This layout includes most of the coal loaders … Read more

Southwestern Virginia track plan HO

Track plan Southwestern Virginia HO scale - Upper

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  • 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 … Read more

L&N CV Sub track plan HO

Track plan L&N CV Sub HO scale - Lower

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  • 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 … Read more

L&N Cumberland Valley and St Paul track plan HO

Track plan CV and St Paul HO scale - lower

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  • 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 … Read more

N&W Pond Creek Branch, WV track plan HO

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  • Size: 8′ x 12′
  • Scale: HO
  • Minimum Radius: 22″
  • Minimum Aisle Width: 48″
  • Designed by Dan Bourque

N&W Logo tuscan PlainThe N&W’s Pocahontas Division was full of small branch lines serving numerous coal tipples. The Pond Creek Branch was one of the smaller of these branches and makes a great subject for a bedroom-sized layout.

The Layout

This layout is designed for the beginner aiming to get a start in prototype modeling.   The basic design is nothing more than two 4×8′ sheets of plywood, so a small radius of 22″ was used.  The area represented is part of the N&W’s Pond Creek Branch which … Read more