Randall Watson's St. Louis and Southern RR [Suwanee, GA] (HO)

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
In-person tour of an indoor model railroad. This host has NO SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS for healthy guests who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.
St. Louis and Southern RR [Suwanee, GA]
730 Morning Creek Lane
Suwanee, GA 30024
Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Randall Watson
770-831-5736
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Layout Details

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

Layout Description:

Large multi-deck layout (three levels) is currently under construction.  All bench work and sub-roadbed and track on the lower level is complete and running.  About 85% bench work roadbed and track on the main level is complete, but no electrical on this level as of yet.  Upper level only has about 20% bench work completed.  Designed for prototype operation.  Will run intermodal, coal, freight and passenger train service. The St. Louis and Southern R.R. is based after the Norfolk Southern railroad.  Come have a look, this is a work in progress.

Scale: HO
Size: Main room 16' X 32' , HVAC room 10' X 12' & Helix 6.5' X 7'
Prototype: Norfolk Southern RR
Locale:

Dearborn to Ft Wayne, Ft Wayne

to St. Louis

Era: Modern Day
Layout Style: Three Decks, Walk around with radio throttles, designed for prototype ops.
Len. of Mainline: Total lenght of all 3 levels when finished, (mainline, sidings & industry) 1755'
Layout Height: Lower level 28.5"", Main level 44.5"" & upper level 60.5"" to 70.5""
Bench Work: L-girder and 1/2 plywood
Roadbed: Homasote on lower level and all yards, Homabed on middle and upper level mainlines.
Trackwork: Atlas code 83 flex, Walthers turnouts.
Turnouts Min.: #8 and #6 on mainline, #5 and #6 in yards.
Min. Radius: 32"" and 30"" on mainline, 28"" and 26"" on sidings.
Max. Grade: 2% in helix and some of the upper level.
Scenery: None at this time, but you will like what has been done so far on the RR
Backdrop: Some Masonite on lower level
Controls: DCC Digitrax radio control, boosters, power management, block detection and RR & CTC computer dispatch. 
Wheelchair Accessible No

The St. Louis and Southern R.R. is based after the Norfolk Southern railroad.

Large multi-deck (three levels) is under construction all bench work and sub-roadbed and track on the lower level is complete, and running. About 85% bench work roadbed and track on the main level is complete, but no electrical on this level as of yet.  Upper level only has about 20% bench work completed. Designed for prototype operation will run Intermodal, Coal, Freight and Passenger Service. Come have a look this is a work in progress.

Directions 

North on I-85 to Exit 111 (Suwanee) go west on Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd approximately 1.2 miles.

Turn right onto Smithtown Rd 1.0 mile.  Turn left onto Westbrooke Rd (0.7 mile).  Turn right onto Ridge Rd. (0.2 mile).  Turn left onto Morning Creek Ln. (0.3 mile).  Turn left to stay on Morning Creek Ln (0.3 mile).  Destination on right.