Dan Berman's Georgia Southern (HO)

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Contact Information
Dan Berman
3760 Clubland Dr
Marietta, GA 30068
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Scale: HO
Size: 14' x 20'
Prototype: Middle GA. Connecting RR from SOU to SCL
Locale: Central Georgia
Era: 1969 -1965
Style: Double track figure 8 with yard.
Len of Mainline:


Layout Height: 42"
Benchwork: L girder with a 5/8 plywood top and 1/2 inch foam insulation top.
Roadbed: Cork, with cork underlayment in yard
Trackwork: Code 100 Atlas flextrack weathered
Turnouts: #6, with a few #4 in industries
Min. Radius: 20"
Maximum Grade: Just under 2%
Scenery: 80% Complete
Backdrop: Painted sky with puffy clouds
Controls: Digitrax DCC

Georgia Southern was conceived as a bridge short line between SCL and SOU in Middle Georgia.  Since there was no other connection in this area between these two Class I railroads, it is double track all the way!

The era is 1959-1965 during the era of first generation diesel power, and at the discreation of the owner/operator, also 1969-1975 with a slight change of rolling stock.

GSRR has several large industries, Pine Mtn, Coal Co., Lowenbrau Brewing (“first in Middle Georgia”), Dixon Lumber Co., Middle Georgia Builder’s Supply Co. (like so many installations in the South where the railroad places hoppers of sand, gravel, coal and other material on an unloading trestle and then truck it to the customers that do not have rail sidings).  We have a reserve army base that has tank training for NATO.  We have a wood chip facility that ships both rail and truck to the nearest paper mill.  We also have an intermodal facility with crane for the era 1969-1975, for which a location has not been determined.  We have a six-track yard with a capacity of about 60 cars, a roundhouse, a derrick track, and a caboose track.

We have DCC, which allows us to run at least four trains, but to date, we haven’t been able to run over three without an operating group attending.

The whole layout – 14’X20’ with 214 feet of mainline is housed in a barn built for that purpose, which took about a year to complete, so there you are for you people that do not have room in your house for a layout.

GSRR does have one steam excursion passenger train that strongly resembles the “Southern Crescent” from the late 1940s.  We have a passing siding on the mainline for this train to reside until hidden storage is built sometime in the future.


My house is at the corner of Clubland Dr and Clubwood Trail in Indian Hills Country Club in East Cobb. You can enter Indian Hills from either Lower Roswell Rd. or Roswell Rd (Rt. 120). From either direction you will be on Indian Hills Parkway. If you arrive from Roswell Rd. on Indian Hills Parkway take the first right past the school. This will be Clubland Dr. proceed about 1.1 miles on Clubland Dr. to destination on right.