East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

G&PC - Notes after the "Town Job"

January 2, 2004

Now that some rail is laid and trains are running on my Dry Fork & Greenbrier, I give thought to forgetting about the "upgrade" idea. The diesels run fine, the cheap plastic cars look fine behind the diesels, and I could easily sell the Shays.

But then I go up to Greenbrier County and run Dan's layout, and it seems it would be worth it to rebuild what is already done on the DF&G tie by tie if it meant being able to model like the G&PC - to have a layout that is a colorized photo album of West Virginia in the 1930s. Shays, wooden rolling stock, small intricate online industries and shops.

I think of how my layout has an inertia that keeps it at a level that prevents backdating and upgrading ... that dozens of little realities all conspire to deep it on track with my ideas from years ago.

Dan George's Spring Creek Lumber Company HO scale layout | April 2005