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/

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Neat little railroad that would make an awesome model railroad

Railroads like the Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad is a little known short line that ran between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, VA.  Most who knew anything about it was that they ran steam locomotives into the early 1960's!  So they were a popular railroad then. I've always like their green and black SW1's.  The short line ran to various industries and interchanged with the Southern Railroad at Tye River.  During this rainy week, I think back to the one of the worst natural disasters in the the state of Virginia.  In August of 1969, the remnants of one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history, Hurricane Camille parked over Nelson County Virginia.  During that night, a world record 27 inches of rain fell in 3-5 hours; 5 inches in a half hour!  The devastation was unreal as you could imagine.  Thankfully the Southern Crescent did not leave Charlottesville that evening because of a washout south of town.  Little did they know the real carnage that laid ahead.

Here are some pics of railroad damage: (Garland Harper pics)
Hurricane Camille damage

Great article on the the Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad:
History of the VBR railroad
A model of the VBR SW1 #10

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