Questions re: Abingdon Br modeling

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Sat Apr 11 17:38:03 EDT 2020

I think Joe G succumbed to heart failure … seems to be what I read soon after it happened.  Never met the man but he certainly was a big supporter of all-things-N&W.


I think he wrote an article on building the Damascus station.  If not him, then it’s been published elsewhere ‘cause I remember studying how the structure was built.  I’d like to have a copy of that article if someone can point me to the issue or email a scan of the article.


Jim King



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The late editor of O SCALE TRAINS, Joe G (he had a long last name) modeled the Abingdon Branch in 2 Rail O scale. He had a number of articles about it. I don't have a list of them and the old website has disappeared after Whitewater bought the magazine. I recall several trackplans. He revised the first one. One was the Damascus depot building. One was a rebuild of an MTH PRR H3 2-8-0 into No.6. Joe passed away several years ago and I have no idea what happened to the layout. 


Jim Kehn  

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I’ve narrowed my modeling focus to circa 1957 Abingdon Branch so I can model steam and early diesel.  While my plan will be based on the branch (single track, sharp curves, lots of scenery, minimal industry), I am “enhancing” the prototype’s customer base to include a coal mine or two and West Jefferson customers who handled retail coal and tank cars (coal/oil dealer with trestle), covered hoppers (cement?) and a team track to load untreated crossties, which was a common sight in many 1950s trains.  If I can fit it in, I may create a small cattle pen and chute to justify an occasional stock car (yes, I read the current ARROW with great interest!). 


I am aware of 2 modeling articles related to the Branch:  1 is in an Ian Rice shelf layout book (Damascus), 1 is a more recent MR article about building a 9x11 bedroom-sized, 2-level layout.  I have a 13x13 room with access via an S-curved, drop down section thru the room’s door to a 16 ft long shelf that will be used for staging.


I have 3 questions:


1.	When was the branch’s passenger train annulled?  The attached image came from ebay a few years ago.  Is the date/location info accurate?  I can easily run this length train with a single black Geep or Redbird.
2.	Are there modeling articles, trackplans, comments, etc. OTHER than the 2 publications I mentioned above?  I have most of the proto info (Link’s book/s, TRAINS articles, etc.).  I’m interested in modeling both Abingdon stations as building flats to make room for a couple yard tracks and would use the lowest layout level for mainline action between Bristol and points east, just like the MR article.
3.	Has anyone on this list modeled the branch?


Jim King


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