Pictures courtesy of T. Comber.
Set in the coal-mining region of the Appalachians the layout represents scenes from the last decade or so on what is now the Norfolk Southern (NS) railroad. The NS was the result of a merger between the Norfolk and Western and Southern railroads. The Southern was noted for the efficiency of it's operations and the N&W for it's coal hauling.
The mine on the upper level is typical of an older type of unit during the last days of it's life loading bottom discharge hopper cars bound for the few industries that still need this type of unloading. The cars are taken from the mine and eventually reach an interchange with the main tracks on the lower level.
On the lower level can be seen the modern unit coal trains which need rotary tipplers to empty them as they do not have doors on the bottom. These cars run in long block trains from the mines to the power stations or other big users. Others trains to be seen include wood chips in very large gondolas, roadrailers, manifests (mixed), intermodal and MoW (engineers) trains.
Red River featured in the January and February 2005 editions of ‘Continental Modeller’ and has been shown at Banbury (NScaleUK), Lydney, Ross (NMRA), Chippenham (Trainwest), Calne, Andover (Modelex 2005), Rhondda (S. Wales Model Show), Cheltenham, Abingdon and Alton.
Scale: 2mm - N scale
Description: Appalachian Coal Mining.
Overall size: 8' 6" x 2' 6", approx. 3' operating space required behind.
Requirements: 1 x 13 amp socket, own RCCD used, layout has it's own lighting.
Expenses: Diesel fuel, accommodation as required
Contact: Tony Comber (A. J. Comber)
tonycomber 'at' aol 'dot' com (replace the 'at' with @ and 'dot' with . )