Doug Alexander's Southern Railway - Charlotte Division (HO)
Layout Tour Dates
|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|
|Benchwork||L-girder, Open box -- I am open to suggestions|
|Trackwork||Commercial code 83 on main, 70 on yards and branches, 100 in staging|
|Maximum Grade||Less than 1%|
|Scenery||Yes, I hope to have scenery|
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!
Take I-75 to exit No 254 – Moores Mill Road
No matter which direction you are coming from, turn right onto Moores Mill
At first intersection with a traffic light, turn left onto West Wesley Road
At first stop sign, turn right onto Bohler Road
Continue on Bohler through intersection with Margret Mitchell Drive
Continue past intersection (onright) with Battle View
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.