East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

The G&PC Remembered -III

Chadwick, West Virginia

It is April again, and that means it is time to dig out some more photos of Dan George’s HO scale Spring Creek Lumber Company layout.

The SCL was abandoned and dismantled on April of 2005.

Chadwick was the primary center of activity on Dan George’s HO scale Greenbrier & Pocahontas Central layout. The concentration of industrial activity was a sharp contrast to the remote High Cheat scenery that dominated much of the layout.

Chadwick was a large “L” shaped area on the lower shelf. Standing directly in front of Chadwick, the left end of the scene began with the kindling mill. To the right of the kindling mill was the large drying yard. The kindling mill and drying yards can be seen in “The G&PC Remembered - II”.

Near the center of Chadwick was the large bandsaw mill and a complex of auxiliary structures.

The Company Store was a beautiful center of interest in Chadwick.

Dan used figures and placement of details to tell many stories in Chadwick. The company store was closely surrounded by railroad tracks and industrial activity, and was not a safe place for headstrong boys who refused to stay close to grandma.

Just to the right of the company store were the offices of the lumber company. The building was relatively simple, but it showcased Dan’s scratchbuilding skills and the research he had done on lumber companies and company towns in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Continuing to the right along the scene, the sandhouse marked the transition from lumber company to railroad operations. Behind the sandhouse, the coal hopper is being emptied at a platform where locomotives took on fuel.

Just to the right of the sandhouse was a single bay hand car shed and warehouse.

Knowing that this part of the layout would be a center of operational interest, Dan built interior detail in many of the railroad shop buildings.

The centerpiece for the railroad shop buildings was the engine house with complete interior detailing.

Extending past the engine house was a RIP track for repairing the railroad’s rolling stock.

Immediately adjacent to the RIP track was an open blacksmith shop for fabricating parts needed for repairs.

At the extreme right end of the railroad shop area was an office and stores area where conductors picked up their paperwork, and cabooses were stocked for long hours spent out on the line

Dan leads a scratchbuilding clinic on a field trip to examine weathering on buildings near his home.