Mark Reed's Little River Railroad and Lumber Company (LRR&LC) [Peachtree Corners, GA] (HO)

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
In-person tour of an indoor model railroad. Host REQUIRES THAT ALL GUESTS BE VACCINATED FOR COVID-19, AND BRING & WEAR A FACE MASK while on their property. Unfortunately, this also means NO CHILDREN UNDER 12.
Little River Railroad and Lumber Company (LRR&LC) [Peachtree Corners, GA]
4975 Millers Trace
Peachtree Corners, GA 30096
Over 1 Year on Tour
Contact Information
Mark Reed
404-433-5344
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Layout Details

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

Layout Description:

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 of this multi-level design railroad.

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.

Scale

HO

Size

13' x 17.5'

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 from steam engines to first-generation diesels

Style

Two-level Dog Bone

Len. of Mainline

215', including 67' in helix loops

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% completed

Backdrop

Hand-painted drywall and hardboard, with coved corners

Controls

Digitrax Radio DCC with LocoNet WiFi Interface

 

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 please make sure that you do not park in front of the fire hydrant!