Mark Reed's Little River Railroad and Lumber Company (LRR&LC) (HO)

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Contact Information
Mark Reed
4975 Millers Trace
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
404-433-5344
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No

Layout Tour Dates

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Scale

HO

Size

13 x 17.5 feet

Prototype

Little River Railroad (served by Southern Railway, Knoxville & Augusta Division)

Locale

Eastern Tennessee (Walland to Townsend to Elkmont)

Era

Late 1930s to early 1940s; Transition steam to first-generation diesel

Style

Two level Dog Bone

Len. of Mainline

215 feet, including 67 feet in helix

Layout Height

32” lower level, 48” middle level, and 63” upper level

Benchwork

All sectional, ¾” or 1½” styrofoam on 3/8” plywood on top of 3½” box frames

Roadbed

1/4” and 1/8” cork

Trackwork

Microengineering code 83 (mainline) and Atlas flextrack code 100 (helix)

Turnouts

#6 on mainline, #4 on yards

Min. Radius

18”

Maximum Grade

2% in helix, 10% on switchbacks, otherwise flat

Scenery

15%

Backdrop

Hand-painted drywall and hardboard, coved corners

Controls

Digitrax Radio DCC with LocoNet WiFi Interface

 The LRR&LC is inspired by the raffle layout of the same name won at the 2004 Piedmont Division's Train Show; the raffled section has been incorporated as the peninsula on the middle level. As a multi-level design, the lower and middle levels are joined using a double deck peninsula (with reversing loops on each level) at one end with walk around shelves to a helix at the other end. Continuous running of trains is possible between the lower and middle levels.  On the upper section of the peninsula, a series of switchbacks connect the middle level of the peninsula to an around-the-wall shelf on the upper level.

The Little River Railroad and Lumber Co. (LRR&LC) is a proto-freelanced layout, depicting a 26-mile stretch of branchline and logging operations located in eastern Tennessee (what is known today as the Great Smoky Mountains). The railroad is served by the Southern Railway, Knoxville and Augusta Division. Though the actual railroad existed between 1901 and 1939, current operations have extended the railroad into the early 1940s.  The sectional layout has three levels with a helix connecting the lower and middle levels and a series of switchbacks joining the middle and upper levels. Three towns will be modeled in detail. On the lower level, the main industry in the town of Walland is the Schlosser Tannery and the sawmill complex dominates Townsend. Specifically, the Townsend Sawmill Complex will feature a fully detailed sawmill, power plant, planing shed, transfer shed with a tramway leading to the drying yard, sawdust burner, coaling station, water tower, and machine shop. Logging operations and the town of Elkmont will be modeled on the upper level. Finally, there will be seven bridges traversing the Little River that runs throughout the landscape on all three levels.

 

Directions 

From I-85, take Exit 102 (Beaver Ruin Rd.) and turn right onto Beaver Ruin. Turn right onto Satellite Blvd. Turn left onto Pond Rd. Turn left onto Old Norcross Rd. Turn right onto Simpson Circle. Simpson Circle crosses Buford Hwy. and becomes S. Berkeley Lake Rd. Turn left onto S. Old Peachtree Rd. Turn right onto Lou Ivy Rd. Turn left onto Scotts Mill Run. Take the 6th left onto Millers Trace. The house is located in the cul-de-sac at the end of Millers Trace.

From I-285, take Exit 31B (Peachtree Pkwy/GA-141) north, stay left toward Cumming/Dahlonega/GA-400. Turn right onto Medlock Bridge Rd. Turn left onto Bush Rd. Turn right onto Scotts Mill Run. Take the 1st right onto Millers Trace. The house is located in the cul-de-sac at the end of Millers Trace.

Parking:

Follow the yellow directional signs on Scotts Mill Rd. On Millers Trace, you can park on either side of the road, including the cul-de-sac, but make sure that you do not park in front of the fire hydrant.