Joseph Surowiec's Coal River and Southern Railroad (CR&S) [Stone Mountain, GA] (HO)

Layout Tour Dates

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
In-person tour of an indoor model railroad. This host has NO SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS for healthy guests who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
Coal River and Southern Railroad (CR&S) [Stone Mountain, GA]
5415 Summer Cove Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Joseph Surowiec
404-610-3276
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Yes
Accessibility Note: 
Across lawn area
Layout Details

The video above is a replay from our 2020 "virtual" Piedmont Pilgrimage.

For 2021, this will be an in-person tour of this indoor model railroad. 

Layout Description:

The Coal River & Southern RR (CR&S) is modeled after a short line railroad which may once have operated in the coal mining regions of Appalachia during the 10 year transitional era from 1945 to 1955.  It connects the areas of Coal River, Tunnel Hill, Belmont and Ashland while serving a variety of supporting industries and businesses along its main line.   The railroad operates both steam and diesel-electric locomotives.  Industries include coal mining, coke processing, timber, livestock, recycling, oil and fuel, and general freight.  Passenger service also serves commuters and tourists.

History:

The CR&S began construction in January 2010 as U-shaped, walk around layout designed to double the available scenery opportunities.  Operational concepts and track plans are original to the owner and encompass tunnels, bridges, water features, mountains, tunnels, lowlands, cuts and fills.  Expansion has occurred four times since the original layout was constructed. 

Construction:

The railroad bench work is freestanding with plywood and insulation foam board surfaces. Atlas code 83 flextrack is used exclusively. Terrain is constructed with built up foam board and plaster cloth. Room walls serve as the backdrop and have been painted blue with airbrushed clouds.  Acrylic and latex paints are used almost exclusively.

Scenery:

Most buildings and structure are kit built.  Approximately 1000 trees are planted across the layout.  Woodland Scenics materials are used throughout.

Scale

 HO

Size

 25’ by 12’

Prototype

 Southern Railroad short line subsidiary 

Locale

 Southeastern Mountain region

Era

 Transition era (1940-1960)

Style

 Walkaround U-shape

Len. of Mainline

 100’ on two levels

Layout Height

 42”

Benchwork

 L-Girders on open grid

Roadbed

 Cork and ballast

Trackwork

 Atlas Flextrack Code 83

Turnouts

 Atlas #6 & #8, using Caboose Industries ground-throws 

Min. Radius

 22”

Maximum Grade

 3%

Scenery

 99% Complete, using foam & plaster cloth on L-girders 

Backdrop

 Painted room walls

Controls

 Digitrax DCC with Simplex Radio

 

Directions 

One mile west of Five Forks Trickem and Rockbridge Roads