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This site is dedicated to my model railroad, the HO scale Virginia Midland Railroad. This layout comprises a 10X9 room with two levels. The upper level is about 95% complete and the lower level scenery has just begun.

I do a handful of train shows in the Virginia/Maryland region and go by the name of Virginia Midland Shops.
I also can help you find that freight car/locomotive or other hard to find item.

Email: stctigers@gmail.com
You tube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/Virginiamidlandrr/

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Historic Derecho and a new yard

What is the deal with the weird weather phenomenon here lately?  An earthquake in August, barely a winter and now a Derecho.  Now I knew what a derecho was before it was big news here this week.  I follow the weather closely and it is like a second hobby to me.  We got through without losing power for too long (only 15 minutes).  The family did hunker down in the bathroom for about 10 minutes.  I did lose a huge tree in the backyard.  Our neighbors around the corner were not so lucky.  They have been without power for the last 5 days.  Lots of damage in extreme northern Spotsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region.  You be the judge:


Now for some model railroad stuff.  Finally got my small yard wired and installed.  It hold just enough cars to make it plausible.  Let the photos begin:
Looking down the yard.  It is a 4 track yard with 2 industry spurs.  One on bottom right and on the top left.

The beginning of the yard.  The far track goes to the RF&P railroad and track to the left goes to the VM and VC.

The diamond in the wall to hidden staging.  The closest track connects the older VM to the yard trackage. The RF&P trackage is on the top right.  The track on the top left is the VM into hidden staging.

Looking down the other end.  the RF&P will bring in about 6-7 cars on the left track.  The 2 middle track are classification tracks.  The VM will have a yard switcher stationed here.

The end on the yard.  Found a 3 way switch at a train show and it helps out since switching space is always a problem.  The track to the right is mainly a run-around track for the engines.  Well wanted to do a woodchip loading spur but the loader will not fit.  May turn this spur into a covered scrap loading spur.

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