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Design of the CSXT Shenandoah Division

The first version of the CSXT Shenandoah Division was built in a 14 by 16 room in our old house. The railroad was a walk-in, walkaround, double-deck N scale layout around 4 walls of the room plus a center peninsula. The original Shenandoah Division contained 2 staging yards, a main classification yard (and passing siding), and 3 other towns with passing sidings. Benchwork for this railroad was started on August 31, 1996. The first operating session was held on September 19, 1998 and the last operating session was held on April 21, 2001. The final section of the layout was removed on May 29, 2001. 

While moving to a new house meant tearing down a layout that I liked, the move presented  the opportunity to design a new layout and gives me the chance to correct some mistakes made in the design and construction of the first large layout I had ever built.  Since my wife and I have moved to a new house with an approximately 600 square foot train room (actually 2 rooms connected by a six foot wide cased opening--one room is approximately 17' x 20' and the other room is about 11 by 23--the overall layout size is about 17' x 43'), I am now designing and building a N scale layout which will fulfill my needs and desires and fit into the room while still allowing ample people space.  I am placing information about the design on the web site in an effort to solidify my thinking and to solicit the advice and ideas of other model railroaders, especially those in my operating crew. Building this layout represents the realization of a life-long dream.

Follow the links to the left to learn more about the design of the CSXT Shenandoah Division.


This page was last updated on 01/01/11.


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