Kevin Stemple's Blue Valley Railroad (HO)

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Contact Information
Kevin Stemple
423 Treetop Circle
Holy Spring, GA 30115
770-977-1314
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Scale

HO

Size

14 ft. by 8 ft.

Prototype

Prototype Freelancing

Locale

Central PA

Era

Late 60’s-Early 70’s

Style

Main Loop with two inner loops and a small yard for switching

Len. of Mainline

  30 ft

Layout Height

50 in

Benchwork

Work Frame. Plywood and Foam base

Roadbed

Rope Caulk

Trackwork

Atlas

Turnouts

21 Atlas

Min. Radius

18

Maximum Grade

4%

Scenery

Yes..90%

Backdrop

Not yet

Controls

Digitrax with JMRI (Decoder Pro Only) on a laptop, Engine Driver on my Phone

Wheelchair Accessible

No

I grew up in the Pittsburgh PA area and both of my parents were from the Philadelphia PA area. This resulted in multiple trips across the Pennsylvania Turnpike every year where I would see various trains and towns mostly off in the distance.

The Blue Valley Railroad is my interpretation of one of those towns with a small railroad yard for MOW operations and switching. One of the other objectives in designing the layout was to incorporate the rolling stock, buildings and scenery from the Christmas layout that my Dad, two brothers and I would put up every year. As I move forward the layout is a mixture of old and new with little vignettes spread around for visitors to enjoy.

 

Directions 

Northwest: 75N to 575N to Exit 16.  Go east three mile to Harmony Lake Drive, turn Right.  GO 1.5 on Harmony Lake Drive to Treetop Circle, turn left.

Alpharetta/Roswell: GA 140 to Harmony Lake.  , Turn Left.  GO 1.5 on Harmony Lake Drive to Treetop Circle, turn left.