Questions re: Abingdon Br modeling (videos)

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Sun Apr 12 20:53:31 EDT 2020

This is a good reminder that we need some Class Ms! I picked up a couple of the old Mantua/Tyco 4-8-0s which give me the right quantity of wheels, there is documentation of the diameter and length of the segments of the boiler and dimensions of the cab. If somebody would 3D print those two parts we would have a good start.

Jeff Cornelius

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 On Sunday, April 12, 2020, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:

I forgot to mention that there are several videos that are very helpful for modeling the Abingdon Branch.  They include, Herron’s Pocahontas Glory V1 and V8, Railroad Video Productions Vintage Steam of the N&W, Mainline Motion Pictures N&W Steam in the 1950’s and JMJ Vintage Rails V7.
Gary Hoover

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On Apr 10, 2020, at 8:31 PM, Gary Hoover <ghoover_1 at> wrote:

I have a portion of my layout with the Abingdon Branch modeled.  I chose to include Abingdon, Creek Jct., Green Cove, Nella and West Jefferson.  You can see some of the photos plus the layout map in the April 2020 MR.  Some more photos are on the MR online website.  Also, the home page photo being used by the Gateway NMRA National Convention (now cancelled) shows an M near Creek Jct.  A few more photos can be found on the website for the 2020 National Narrow Gauge Convention in St. Louis (still a go at this point—fingers crossed.)  I basically used the materials you listed as reference to model the structures.  The Abingdon Branch is my favorite portion of the layout—-wish I had room to model more of it!
  Gary Hoover

On Apr 10, 2020, at 7:08 PM, NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at> wrote:

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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:

   - 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.
   - 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.
   - Has anyone on this list modeled the branch?


Jim King

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