Mark Reed's Little River Railroad and Lumber Company (LRR&LC) [TOUR CANCELLED] (HO)

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 12:01am
Cancelled
This tour has been CANCELLED for reasons that are beyond our control. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Little River Railroad and Lumber Company (LRR&LC) [TOUR CANCELLED]
Over 1 Year on Tour
Contact Information
Mark Reed
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Layout Details

Layout Description:

The LRR&LC is inspired by the raffle layout of the same name won at the 2004 Piedmont Division's Train Show; the raffled section has been incorporated as the peninsula on the middle level of this multi-level design railroad.

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. (LRR&LC) is a proto-freelanced layout, depicting a 26-mile stretch of branchline and logging operations located in eastern Tennessee (what is known today as the Great Smoky Mountains). The railroad is served by the Southern Railway, Knoxville and Augusta Division. Though the actual railroad existed between 1901 and 1939, current operations have extended the railroad into the early 1940s.  The sectional layout has three levels with a helix connecting the lower and middle levels and a series of switchbacks joining the middle and upper levels. Three towns will be modeled in detail. On the lower level, the main industry in the town of Walland is the Schlosser Tannery and the sawmill complex dominates Townsend. Specifically, the Townsend Sawmill Complex will feature a fully detailed sawmill, power plant, planing shed, transfer shed with a tramway leading to the drying yard, sawdust burner, coaling station, water tower, and machine shop. Logging operations and the town of Elkmont will be modeled on the upper level. Finally, there will be seven bridges traversing the Little River that runs throughout the landscape on all three levels.

Scale

HO

Size

13' x 17.5'

Prototype

Little River Railroad (served by Southern Railway, Knoxville & Augusta Division)

Locale

Eastern Tennessee (Walland to Townsend to Elkmont)

Era

Late 1930s to early 1940s; Transition from steam engines to first-generation diesels

Style

Two-level Dog Bone

Len. of Mainline

215', including 67' in helix loops

Layout Height

32” lower level, 48” middle level, and 63” upper level

Benchwork

All sectional, ¾” or 1½” styrofoam on 3/8” plywood on top of 3½” box frames

Roadbed

1/4” and 1/8” cork

Trackwork

Microengineering code 83 (mainline) and Atlas flextrack code 100 (helix)

Turnouts

#6 on mainline, #4 on yards

Min. Radius

18”

Maximum Grade

2% in helix, 10% on switchbacks, otherwise flat

Scenery

15% completed

Backdrop

Hand-painted drywall and hardboard, with coved corners

Controls

Digitrax Radio DCC with LocoNet WiFi Interface