Doug Alexander's Southern Railway - Charlotte Division (HO)

Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Doug Alexander
2530 Bohler Rd
Atlanta, GA 30327
Wheelchair Accessible: 


Scale HO
Size 24X60 at buildout
Prototype Southern Railway System
Locale Spartanburg, SC to Charlotte, NC
Era Early Fall, 1941
Style Point to point, with truning loops
Len. of Mainline 650' at buildout
Layout Height 48"
Benchwork L-girder, Open box -- I am open to suggestions
Roadbed Cork
Trackwork Commercial code 83 on main, 70 on yards and branches, 100 in staging
Turnouts #6 primarily
Min. Radius 36"
Maximum Grade  Less than 1%
Scenery Yes, I hope to have scenery
Backdrop Painted Masonite
Controls Easy DCC


The real Charlotte Division in the Southern Railway extended south from Charlotte, NC to Greenville, NC, and was later subsumed into the Piedmont Division.  Originally I had thought I could model the entire division, but not wanting to transition to Z-scale I am only modeling the line as far as Spartanburg, SC.  I settled on early fall 1941 because business was picking up and while steam was still the dominate motive power, a few diesels were growling about the property, most notably the beautiful E-6’s with their all-coach streamlined Southerner trains.

This will be an operating railroad with almost hourly passenger trains and plenty of through and peddler freights.  The railroad served agriculture and industry, with every town having at least one textile mill to be served.  During the peach season, Spartanburg was the center for collection and shipping of the sweet fruit to the rest of the country.

Construction of the layout started in late 2015, and is continuing apace.  This will be an opportunity to see a model railroad under construction, but trains will be running!







  1. Take I-75 to exit No 254 – Moores Mill Road

  2. No matter which direction you are coming from, turn right onto Moores Mill

  3. At first intersection with a traffic light, turn left onto West Wesley Road

  4. At first stop sign, turn right onto Bohler Road

  5. Continue on Bohler through intersection with Margret Mitchell Drive

  6. Continue past intersection (onright) with Battle View

  7. 2nd driveway after Battle View is 2530

    Recommend that you park on opposite side of street, getting your car as far off of the road as you feel safe doing.