East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Blue Ridge Scenic Inspiration

My P&EBR layout is set in the Piedmont foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

Soapstone deposits are in a narrow ribbon running northeast to southwest, with the Blue Ridge rising on the western horizon.

The scenery makes for very enjoyable daytrips along winding back roads.

Having adopted this setting for my model railroad has increased the layout’s “justification,” as it makes the layout an even more effective recreational pursuit.

It is not particularly easy to model this type of scenery, but the reward is an environment in which it is always a cool, clear autumn day in the Blue Ridge Mountains.