Michael George is building a large layout in his home. It is patterned after the Louisville & Nashville Hook & Eye “Old Line” line that ran between Marietta, GA and Etowah, TN. The layout is 24’ by 32” and is double-decked to add running space in a moderate space. The layout uses a minimum of 66” radius curves that are superelevated. He has managed to pack a mainline length of 1.7 scale miles in the space with double-decking. Michael converted from HO to Proto48 a number of years ago. He has produced a line of resin kits under the name of Blue Ridge Historics. One of his kits was a 40’ gondola patterned after a car built for the Nashville, Chattanooga & St.Louis.
Michael redetailed an Overland USRA light mike to follow a specific L&N prototype. He included the road’s Automatic Train Stop equipment as part of the upgrade. The L&N put the locomotive number on the headlight glass which you can see on the model
This L&N RPO Baggage was scratchbuilt using styrene as the primary material. The roof was formed from styrene and was used a pattern for future passenger car models. The car has fully functioning diaphragms that work well on the 66” curves. The trucks are PSC plastics converted to P48 and the couplers are Clouser (Protocraft).
The depot shown below is patterned after the L&N at Whitestone, GA. The colors are correct for the period.