Stefan Bartelski's Blue Ridge Line [Cumming, GA] (HO)

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, November 6, 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.
Blue Ridge Line [Cumming, GA]
4810 Notting Hill Drive
Cumming, GA 30040
Over 1 Year on Tour
Contact Information
Stefan Bartelski
470-253-4725
Operating Group: 
Country Roads
Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Layout Details

The video above is a replay from our 2020 "virtual" Piedmont Pilgrimage.

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

Layout Description:

This layout is a representation of the Etowah Old Line, aka Georgia North Eastern, in the last weeks before CSX transferred the line to GNRR. It is only partially completed. Since last year, the line has been extended with the Marble Hill branch, which is 75' of track, not including spurs and sidings. The branch leads to the Tate switchbacks, a prototypical 4% grade, and then the Georgia Marble quarry and mine.  The branch is operated by the Georgia Marble Railroad using a custom painted  SW1. This new section is very sparsely sceniced, in some cases with mock-up buildings.

Locale: Elizabeth, GA to Etowah, GA (currently Elizabeth, Marietta, Canton, Nelson, Tate and the Marble Hill branch of the Georgia Marble Railroad).

Scale

 HO

Size

 26' x 15' (current phase 26' x 6')

Prototype

 Etowah Old Line

Locale

 Elizabeth, GA to Etowah, GA (currently Elizabeth, Marietta, Canton, Nelson & Tate)

Era

 October 1986

Style

 

Len. of Mainline

 > 125'

Layout Height

 28"-60"

Benchwork

 Plywood frame with foam board

Roadbed

 Cork

Trackwork

 Peco code 83 & code 70 flex

Turnouts

 Peco Insulfrog & Electrofrog

Min. Radius

 25” 

Maximum Grade

 2% (4% on switchbacks)

Scenery

 Approximately 15%

Backdrop

 Yes, photographic

Controls

DCC - Digitrax (wireless) & JMRI on RPi (smartphone)

Wheelchair Accessible

No (outdoor steps to basement entrance)

 

Directions 

Notting Hill Drive is about 1 ½ miles south on Post Road (SR371) from where it intersects with Highway 20 and about 1 mile north of the SR371 and Kelly Mill Road intersection