Steve Austin's Elkhorn Iron & Timber Co RR (EI&TCo) (On30)

Over 5 Years on Tour
Contact Information
Steve Austin
473 Arbor Hills Rd N.
Talking Rock, GA 30175
Wheelchair Accessible: 
Scale: On30
Size 17' x 32'
Prototype Freelanced
Locale Southern Appalachian Mountains
Era 1947
Layout Style Walk-in, double deck
Len. Mainline 100'
Layout Height 34" & 50"
Benchwork Open grid
Roadbed 2" styrofoam sub roadbed
Trackwork Micro Engineering code 83 weathered flex track, with modified Peco code 83 turnouts
Turnout Min #4
Min Radius 22"
Maximum Grade 2.5%
Scenery Upper level: 95% to a high degree of detail; Lower level: 10% complete
Backdrop Painted drywall, with coved corners, mountains and clouds
Controls Digitrax radio control with 4 power districts and 4 auto reversing loops
Wheelchair Accessible No

The EI&TCo. is a 1947-era backwoods railroad featuring logging, sawmilling, steel manufacturing, coal mining and many of the ancillary industries necessary to make this all work. Scenery and scratch built structures and motive power are my specialties.

The heavily wooded sawmill peninsula includes an engine servicing facility, river, log dump and sawmill. The scratch built sawmill is 12” x 32” x 15” high. The mill complex includes the power house, slash burner, conveyors, lumber stacks, water tanks and the small village. The steel mill complex covers an area 30” deep by almost 17 feet long. The highly detailed harbor scene, including numerous boats and small freighters, at the layout entrance covers an area 7’ by 8’ (see the photo section!).

The new lower level is a continuation of the upper level themes, just more area to indulge my interests. All trackwork is operational and scenery will progress over the next several years.

The layout has been featured in the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette and the On30 Annual as well as Scale Rails and Model Railroader.

My scratch built On30 Shay won 1st place at the Piedmont Division and the Southeast Region train shows in 2000; it won 2nd place at the NMRA National at San Jose with 113 points.


Common GPSs are very accurate at getting you to the layout.

I-575 North. (I-575 becomes GA 515 at the Pickens County line). At Jasper, continue on GA 515 past GA 53 (Waffle House, Kroger and Home Depot on the left). About 1/2 mile past Home Depot, at the top of the hill, at the traffic light, turn Right onto Philadelphia Road. Go to the "T". Turn Right onto Talking Rock Road. (It’s also known as Jasper’s North Main Street if you’re coming through downtown Jasper.) Turn immediately Left onto Lumber Company Road. (Or Right if coming through downtown Jasper.) Go about 1/4 mile and turn Right into Arbor Hills subdivision. Go to the "T" and turn Left. Follow that road around to 473 Arbor Hills Rd on the left.