East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

November 2007

GP&C - A new ideal

April 2, 2004

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

Forced Timeout for model railroading due to work getting so busy. The Alleghany Alliance loses Tom Sullivan, so the regular operating sessions have stopped. Time away from the old routine is good. Absence makes the aggravations of layout construction fade away. My fondness grows for an abstract, removed Ideal for a model railroad, and that Ideal is


To develop a plan for a new layout from a starting point of a winding main line connecting two passing sidings.

Just a locomotive,

a few freight cars,

and a caboose.

Why get any more complex than that?

Sustained interest requires a little more than the bare minimum, but care should be taken to stay as close as possible to the Simple Ideal.

GP&C - Notes about Ideals

January 4, 2004

A weekend in Renick running trains on Dan George's layout. I look at all the work he has put into structures and resin kits and details layer upon layer, and I just have to say "no". I do not have the experience, time, or money that would be necessary to pursue model railroading like this.

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

But I am becoming increasingly able to define the basic charactaristics of my Dry Fork layout that most prevent it from being like Dan's Spring Creek layout. A lot of the differences don't have anything to do with time or money.

And having spent so much time discussing model railroading and modeling techniques with Dan, I am also becoming aware of a "talk" that does not match my "walk".