East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Shady Grove & Sherrill - I

Last month I attended Steve Sherrill’s On30 meet.

The highlight of the day for me was getting to see Steve’s model railroad again.

It had been years since I had seen it last, and Steve had made some major revisions in the meantime.

Steve’s SG&S was the first On30 layout I ever saw in person. I was in HO scale back then, just considering changing scales.

Steve took the time to look at my proposed trackplan, and suggested that it could depict an industrial narrow gauge if I simplified it.

A simple layout can be very interesting to operate, and the priorities of building the layout shift to actual modeling.

The trick becomes determining the point at which you are getting the most impact from the least elements.

Seeing Steve’s modeling, and hearing his “get the most out of the least” philosophy convinced me to switch scales.

I must say that Steve Sherrill does not exactly practice what he preaches, as his SG&S layout is big and complex, going pretty far beyond what I would consider the minimum necessary to be operationally interesting.

I appreciate Steve’s generosity, both to me personally and in promoting On30 modeling in general.