Lindsay Lapole's C&O New River and Central City Division (HO)
Layout Tour Dates
|Size||54' X various widths (389 sq ft.)|
|Prototype||C & O|
|Locale||South Central West Virginia|
|Era||mid 1940's - mid 1950's|
|Layout Height||min 39"-- max 57"|
|Bench Work||Plywood over open base|
|Roadbed||Cork on plywood or foam|
|Track work||Atlas Flextrack and turnouts|
|Scenery||Dyed plaster over foam and plaster cloth, professionally painted background.|
|Backdrop||1/4" masonite over drywall professionally painted to match scenery|
The Division name grows out of my youth in Huntington, West Virgina. My hometown was also home to the corporate headquarters of the C&O in those days and coal and railroad reigned supreme. Huntington was designated by the C&O Engineering Department and named for Collis P. Huntington, president of the C&O.
"Central City" is a community in West Huntington, bounded by the hills on the south and the Ohio River on the north. Its heart was 14th Street anchored on Washighton Ave. by Heiners Bakery and on Adams Ave. by the Falls City Brewery.
The New River was significant before the bridge over the gorge, bungee jumping and white water rafting made it famous. It is the life blood of South Central West Virginia and finds the C&O following its banks at every possible opportunity.
The NR and CC Division is a railroad from my heritage and a railroad for fun, children and grandchildren. It is a railroad that does not take itself too seriously with all the businesses and focal points eventually carrying the names of children and grandchildren.
I-85 to Exit #108 (Sugarloaf Parkway Exit)
Take a left on Sugarloaf Parkway
At the 3rd red light turn left onto Highway 120
Go ½ block to Lamp Post Lane (on the left)
The 5th driveway on the right is #1865
Limited parking is available at the top on the drive.
770-339-4723 or 678-485-1003 for those who are wandering or get trapped at Discover Mills (which is our neighbor)