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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.
13' x 17.5'
Little River Railroad (served by Southern Railway, Knoxville & Augusta Division)
Eastern Tennessee (Walland to Townsend to Elkmont)
Late 1930s to early 1940s; Transition from steam engines to first-generation diesels
Two-level Dog Bone
Len. of Mainline
215', including 67' in helix loops
32” lower level, 48” middle level, and 63” upper level
All sectional, ¾” or 1½” styrofoam on 3/8” plywood on top of 3½” box frames
1/4” and 1/8” cork
Microengineering code 83 (mainline) and Atlas flextrack code 100 (helix)
#6 on mainline, #4 on yards
2% in helix, 10% on switchbacks, otherwise flat
Hand-painted drywall and hardboard, with coved corners
Digitrax Radio DCC with LocoNet WiFi Interface