"Norfolk and Western Jr. Railway"

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Fri Dec 14 10:11:51 EST 2012

I grew up in Portsmouth. Are you talking about a building on, I think, Rt. 125 east of Portsmouth towards what is now Shawnee State Forest? I remember my father taking me there as a child, but I remember it as a hobby shop and only remember the caboose entrance?

Larry Burkholder

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Subject: "Norfolk and Western Jr. Railway"

In going through some high school snapshots, I ran across a few photos of a rambling building in the countryside near Portsmouth.

I encountered this facility quite by accident on a road trip across southern Ohio. A large sign across its top proclaims the building to be "Home of the Norfolk and Western Jr. Railway". Interestingly, a smaller sign near the door also announced availability of "Revolvers, Shotguns, Rifles, Ammunition" inside.

The building was entered via the platform of a genuine N&W steel caboose. Inside was a large O-scale layout which featured a nicely modeled J and the expected assortment of articulateds with coal trains.

Does anyone besides me remember this place? I'd be interested in any further details. (If there's an expert out there -- good fodder for an Arrow article!)


Bob Chapman

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