East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

January 2019

Turning the Corner

The pace of demolition is slowing, and some repairs are made.


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The hole where the Mill Lead tracks used to go through the wall of the train room into the office is plugged and being patched for new paint. I am giving thought to reinstalling the pocket door that had to be removed when I extended the roadbed through the wall here.

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The hillside that was to be the talc loading operation has been removed. After all the sketching and mocking up and hand wringing that went into that scene, it has been deleted. The new focal point on the layout in this area will be about where the glue bottle is sitting. A nondescript wooded slope will be behind it.

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Trimming the rear scenery profile down to its revised height revealed an ancient petroglyph on the backdrop.

On30 Railroad That Shrinks - 4

Demolition continues in the train room


Skeletal remains of Piedmont ready for the scrap pile

Without the Piedmont or Winwood sections, traffic volume on the remaining layout will be reduced, which in turn will reduce the need for siding tracks.



The rails are pulled from the Scale Track. This long siding came in very handy over the years when Shops Yard became congested.



Lifted turnouts are piling up, as are the pulled track spikes in the square container.



Ties are scraped off the Homasote roadbed. The Scale Track is history.