John Witherspoon's "Knoxville Journeys" (HO)

Over 1 Year on Tour
Contact Information
John Witherspoon
2090 Pearwood Path
Roswell, GA 30076
770-934-5644
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Yes

John Witherspoon began creating this layout in the 1980’s, recalling the end of the passenger rail era in the 1960’s in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. The city had two passenger stations, L&N, which received the Cincinnati-to-Jacksonville “Flamingo” through 1968, and Southern, which received the New York-to-Birmingham “Birmingham Special” through 1969.  In 1941, the latter train had been the basis of the first “gold record” hit song, Chattanooga Choo-Choo.  John recalls riding Southern’s Birmingham Special to Penn Station with his father, but the L&N station, later incorporated into the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair, was more eye-catching.  John modeled this “back-in” station built into a hillslope, along with several surrounding buildings.

With the wanderings of both railroads through the Tennessee hills in mind, but mainly having fun, John created an elaborate over-under track plan that makes it difficult to determine where the train will appear next.

Scale

HO

Size

8’ x 25’

Prototype

L&N and Southern

Locale

Knoxville, TN

Era

1960’s

Style

Folded Loop with back in station

Len. of Mainline

120’

Layout Height

40”

Benchwork

Open Grid

Roadbed

Cork

Trackwork

Code 83

Turnouts

Atlas

Min. Radius

30”

Maximum Grade

2%

Scenery

Plaster Cloth + Foam 50 % Complete

Backdrop

N/A

Controls

DC

Wheelchair Accessible

Yes

Directions 

From the intersection of Old Alabama Rd and Nesbit Ferry Road (Johns Creek, GA 30022): Head west on Old Alabama Rd for 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Woodfall Drive. Continue 230 ft and turn right at the 1st cross street onto Pine Bloom Drive. After 0.1 mi, turn left onto Pearwood Path. The house is on the right after 0.2 mi.  Walk up the driveway and continue to the left of the garage to the rear of the house on the basement level.