East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Pulling Up Winwood

Out of another room


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The entire surface of the Winwood shelf was Homasote. I wanted to save and possibly reuse it.

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Scraping up the track and ballast was messy but didn't cause much damage to the Homasote.

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Track and Homasote roadbed were cut at the holes in the wall.

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The Homasote was secured to the plywood subroadbed by a few drywall screws. Once it was removed, I had a nice shelf that will remain in place.

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.

On30 Railroad That Shrinks - 3

With the Piedmont section of the layout removed from my office, demolition began in the Shops area of the layout.



The sub roadbed was cut back to the new end-of-track.


The continuous run connecting hidden track was pulled up . . .


And the roadbed removed.


Rails were pulled in the locomotive service area and that section of the roadbed was cut away.


The new mill site and standard gauge transfer will go along this wall to the corner.

On30 Railroad that Shrinks - 2

As much as removing the Winwood shadowbox seemed like the right thing to do, I was even more determined to remove the Piedmont section of the layout from my office.




Breaking the electrical, track, and roadbed connections between Piedmont and the main body of the layout was easier than I expected.



The Piedmont section of benchwork was soon removed from the cabinets, where a section of one layout or another had been for 20 years



Next task was to remove the backdrop, also done quickly and easily.



After wall repairs and painting, my office will have a lot more space available.