Mike Deaton's The CJL Railway System (HO)

Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Mike Deaton
811 Ashley Glen Ln
Alpharetta, GA 30022-7696
770-552-7888
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No

Started in 2003, this large, multi-deck layout celebrated mainline completion with a gold spike in 2009.  All track work and electrical is now complete, including three large yards (one intermodal).  DCC train detection for computer dispatching is fully functional, and the layout can host operating sessions for up to 12 persons.  Most scenery is still in the early stages, but is progressing.  And be sure to see the famous "trains through the bathroom!"

Scale

HO

Size

Full basement

Prototype

"Colorado's Joint Line".  AT&SF and D&RGW, plus C&S (BN) and more.

Locale

Denver, CO to Pueblo, CO

Era

1972 - 1978

Style

Multi-level, point-to-point, double-track main

Len. of Mainline

Over 400’

Layout Height

40” to 74”

Benchwork

Open grid, L-girder, and risers.

Roadbed

1/2 "sandply" sub-roadbed, w/ foam rubber roadbed

Trackwork

Code 100 main line, w/ some Code 83

Turnouts

#6 or #8 (main line)

Min. Radius

2.5%

Maximum Grade

2.5%

Scenery

Most basic landforms are in place.  Other details are progressing, including track ballast, foliage, and structures

Backdrop

Painted sky w/ separate horizon layer

Controls

Digital Command Control (DCC) by Digitrax, w/ wireless control.   Active block detection for dispatching by PC w/ Railroad & Co. software.

Wheelchair Accessible

No

Directions 

From Roswell/GA 400: Take Holcomb Bridge Rd./GA 140 East, short distance to first major intersection at Old Alabama Rd. (traffic light &turn lanes). Turn Left onto Old Alabama Rd. Go approximately 2 miles to Nesbit Ferry Rd. (traffic light). Turn Right onto Nesbit Ferry Rd. Go approximately 1.2 miles to Brumbelow Rd. (on left, street sign). Turn Left onto Brumbelow Rd. Short distance to first subdivision on right (Ashley Glen sign). Turn Right onto Georgian Manor Dr., then bear Left onto Ashley Glen Ln. 811 is all the way down on the cul-de-sac.

From Norcross/I-85: Take Jimmy Carter Blvd./GA 140 West. Jimmy Carter Blvd. becomes Holcomb Bridge Rd. as you travel West on GA 140. After crossing the Chattahoochee River, go straight through first light at Barnwell Rd. to second light at Nesbit Ferry Rd. (traffic light, right turn lane). Turn Right onto Nesbit Ferry Rd. Go appoximately 1.1 miles to Brumbelow Rd. (on right, street sign). Turn Right onto Brumbelow Rd. Short distance to first subdivision on right (Ashley Glen sign). Turn Right onto Georgian Manor Dr., then bear Left onto Ashley Glen Ln. 811 is all the way down on the cul-de-sac.

Parking Notice: Parking is limited on this cul-de-sac street. Please do not block the road or driveways. Share rides here if you can. If you are unable to find a suitable parking space, please contact Mike to arrange a visit at a later date. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.