Eric Siegel's Appalachian & Western Railroad (O)

Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Scale 3 Rail O Scale
Size 400 sq. feet
Prototype Freelance
Locale Southeastern US & Colorado
Era 1980's to present day
Layout Style Freelance loops w/optional point to point
Len. Mainline 132 feet
Layout Height 47"" - 59""
Benchwork Open grid covered with 3/4"" plywood and 1/2"" Homasote
Roadbed Flexxbed by Hobby Innovations
Trackwork Atlas O
Turnout Min. O-72
Min. Radius O-63
Maximum Grade 4%
Scenery 60% complete
Backdrop Smoky Mtns. & Rocky Mtns., by Backdrop Warehouse
Controls DCS/TMCC/Legacy
Wheelchair Accessible No

My layout depicts modern day diesel freight operations, although I also will run steam trains from time to time as well. The heart of the layout is a fully functional freight yard, complete with a 17 stall turntable, classification yard, diesel service facility and fuel depot. The layout is spread between 4 rooms, which allows for great scenery transitions. 3 of the 4 rooms are set in the mountains of the southeastern U.S. The 4th room is set in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Construction of the layout began in 2007 and the approximate completion date is 2020.  While all major construction on the layout has been completed, there is still much scenery and structure work in progress, so this is a great opportunity to see a layout which is still growing and developing. There are 2 levels of track and one layout can run 5 independent trains at once, including a narrow gauge On30 line in the Colorado Room.