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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR, Stoney Creek Branch
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 Posted: Wed Dec 10th, 2014 12:50 pm
   
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I'm modeling the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina in On30 (yes, using Bachmann locomotives). My parents grew up in the area the RR ran in, and we'd go to the area at least once a year to visit family.
Here I am with ET&WNC # 12, in 2005:
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Knowing I'd never be able to do true justice to the real railroad, I 'protolanced' a fictional branch line up Stoney Creek, which in real life is just East of Elizabethton, TN. My parents grew up there.
The layout will take place in 1943 (when both my parents were about 7 years old) and pretty much fills a small (11X10) room.

I went with a track plan drawn by a friend of mine, but I didn't explain the other things that had to fit into the room, and he was thinking in HO and not O scale NG. So, once the sections of the layout were built and assembled (I built it in sections so it could be dismantled if I ever have to move), it simply didn't work. So, I changed the center section quite a bit. I lost a lot of track like that, but it does fit the room much better now.
I had the benchwork complete by the end of July and it was installed at the start of August. Track laying and wiring started right away, and in a few days I track laid all the way around.


I haven't drawn out a track plan yet, and I really need to do that.

The layout is point to point and relatively small, but it is designed for operation in mind. Three major sections have enough operating potential, I think, to keep things interesting. I should be able to run this with three operators, one for through freights, one handling switching and another running passenger traffic.

I have four ten-wheelers, representing the locomotives the real ET&WNC had during WW2, #s 9, 11, 12 and 14. They all are sound-equipped. Anyone really familiar with the ET&WNC will recognize that 14 was in Alaska by 1943. In my alternate universe, the Army was running this fictional branch line and diverted 14 away from going to Alaska after all and it was never repaitned in black like the other locos were.

As for the Army influence, the layout originally was intended to be a joint operation between the ET&WNC and the US Army, but I have since scaled back the Army influence greatly. There'll still be a RR operating unit HQ on the layout and some of their unit vehicles, from the equally fictional 796th Railway Operating Battalion...

As soon as I get all the fascia and blue points intalled for the turnout, scenery will immediately start. I have almost all the structures completed and am lacking on a caboose kit (and engine weathering) to have the entire roster complete. I have over 30 freight cars and one AMS passenger coach, more than enough for a layout this size.



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 Posted: Wed Dec 10th, 2014 06:35 pm
   
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Good looking layout.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 10th, 2014 06:41 pm
   
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Reg H wrote:
Good looking layout.Thanks, it's a real "Plywood Central" for right now but I think I've made more progess in 4 months than many people can make in several times that amount.
I noticed you're in Shelton? I live in the same general region. I was a member of the On30 module group for a short while when I decided to build my own...



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Lee,

Nice start on the layout. The ET&WNC is  one of two eastern favorites of mine. I discovered the EBT first by accident, railfanning in PA back in the 1970.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 11th, 2014 11:36 am
   
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Hi Lee

great start to your railroad, glad you have joined and modelling on30.

All the best.

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Hi Lee, and-




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 Posted: Thu Dec 11th, 2014 08:30 pm
   
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Lee,
In will be following along with great interest as I live in NC and want to learn more about this local railroad.
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 Posted: Fri Dec 12th, 2014 03:04 pm
   
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Lee B wrote:
Reg H wrote:
Good looking layout.Thanks, it's a real "Plywood Central" for right now but I think I've made more progess in 4 months than many people can make in several times that amount.
I noticed you're in Shelton? I live in the same general region. I was a member of the On30 module group for a short while when I decided to build my own...


Lee:

I wondered if you were in Washington Washington or the "other" Washington.

You have definitely made great progress. I would say we are about at the same level of progress, but I started my layout in 2009.

I had started a previous On30 layout, but made the same mistake a lot of people make in overestimating how much I could get in a given space. 1/4" scale is still 1/4" scale. I should have known better, having built standard gauge O scale layouts in the past. Rather than try and fiddle around with it, I tore it out and started over.

I am very fond of my current plan and look forward to getting the nuts and bolts finished so I can actually devote myself to modeling.

Right now I am making up the last of the turnout control assemblies. Given the holiday season, it is going pretty slow.

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Thanks for the kind words, everyone.
Larry, if you really want to learn about the ET&WNC, there are a few good books on the subject now.
Here's some good places to look...

"The Blue Ridge Stemwinder" is one of the best books on the subject, wirtten in 2003: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ridge-Stemwinder-Illustrated-Tennessee/dp/1570722722

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Tennessee_and_Western_North_Carolina_Railroad

ET&WNC scrapbook: http://www.johnsonsdepot.com/crumley/cyhome.htm

Johnsons Depot: http://www.johnsonsdepot.com/tweetsie/index_et.htm

Modern day photos of the area around the railroad: http://www.cfordart.com/photoalbum/

"Along the ET&WNC" series of books: http://www.tarheelpress.com/ETWNCmain.html

Tweetsie Yahoo group (best place for the ET&WNC Historical Society): http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Tweetsie/



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 Posted: Fri Dec 12th, 2014 06:03 pm
   
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Lee,
Thank you for the links. :2t:



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