East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

New Saddletanker

Through email correspondence among the members of the James River Division On30 Module Group, I was made aware that Paul Dougherty of Rickety Rails Models had a locomotive for sale. Paul is a master at working with brass. He has built many Backwoods Miniature conversions with unique variations.

Considering how well suited one of Paul’s small saddletank steam locomotives would be for the Piedmont & East Blue Ridge, I contacted him, and purchased one of his fine creations.



The little 0-6-0 came painted, weathered, and with sound already installed. It is amazing how Paul has fit the electronics and speaker into this small locomotive. It runs and sounds great.



Immediately upon taking delivery, the new locomotive was put to work. It looks right at home doing the dusty work of hauling stone in the hills of Nelson County.