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I've made the move to West Virginia and the railroad room in the attic is measured and ready.
Unfortunately I still have considerable unpacking before I can start building. In between unpacking boxes I've been doing a few sketches on Cadrail. the first is a depiction of the GC&E branch of the Western Maryland between Bergoo and Webster Springs.
The branch has a narrow gauge feel to it which isn't surprising since it was narrow gauge when WM bought it. it would support simple slow operations between the two track fiddle yard and Webster Springs. You'll note there is no run-around track at Webster Springs. They would apparently leave cars at Curtin and do what ever set up was necessary to get them in the correct order before going on the Webster Springs. A lot of the track is still there but I hear that it is not a great hike if you have an aversion to snakes. I've always loved the WM!
The second is a depiction of the White Oak Branch of the Virginian and C&O around Oak Hill, WV. the advantage of this one is that there were two railroads and I am learning the the Virginian was a very neat railroad.
It has two fiddle yards. Blue track represents the C&O and black track, the Virginian. A lot of the buildings are still standing and the railroad is very well documented. Getting C&O and Virginian equipment won't be a challenge. It too, has a continuous running capability. This one owes much to Dan Bourque's layout design on his website.
Give me your opinions: Will they work for a switching layout for 1-3 operators for a couple of hours? My room is a finished attic space so it is a tight fit to get everything in. It is about 26 feet long by 10-15 feet wide. The red lines indicate where a 6 foot person would bump their head on the ceiling.
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