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Grubes Posted - 05/03/2015 : 10:17:57 PM
A move from NJ to Texas has given me the opportunity to start over and again create a model railroad based on the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia (DELMARVA) peninsula (or Easter Shore) short line formerly known as the Eastern Shore Railroad (ESHR).

This will be my 3rd try at an ESHR themed layout; the first was in N scale and the second in HO, both of which Iíve described here (Threads: Eastern Shore Railroad in N Gauge and Eastern Shore Railroad in HO respectively). I have a lot less space than in the past and this time around I'll try to grab the flavor of the DELMARVA railroad instead of trying to reproduce some of the actual sites.

I have an 18" x 11' shelf in a spare bedroom as my limitation. Attached is my track plan although I've made some very small modifications since to allow for more scenery.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to expand around the room in the future, and even if this becomes possible, there are a lot of doors, windows and closets taking up wall space (See diagram below).

The focus of the layout will be Willis Wharf; an actual small coastal town on the Eastern Shore just east of Exmore, Viriginia. The ESHR never touched Willis Wharf, but the town has the atmosphere that I associate with the area. This also gives me the opportunity to break away from my past obsession of accurately modeling the prototype and create a a visually and operationally interesting track plan in the small space available.

I'll be hand-laying Code 40 rail and use my experiences from the first Eastern Shore in N to prevent many of my past frustrations. I won't be laying tie plates like on my first layout, but will have scale rail joiners every as I'm a bit obsessive with realistic looking rail especially N gauge.

Here are some pictures of the layout concept.

Due to my work requirements and other obligations, I expect this to take a while even on a layout this small. I think that's one of the lessons of my previous layout; don't rush it, get it right the first time.

I have made some progress that I'll describe in my next posting (see first switch of new railroad picture below.) I'll also describe my disastrous start. Fortunately, that's behind me.

Hope you'll follow along.


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Grubes Posted - 07/04/2018 : 09:40:48 AM

Thanks for the kind word and much appreciated. Like you, I frequently made the drive up Rt. 13 from Norfolk to Philadelphia. Each time I drove the road I found another piece of the railroad and then made a few trips to the Eastern Shore just to take some pictures and get the whole story.

It has influenced my modeling and as I'm starting my next layout I will include some of the themes.

Thanks again for the note,
BlairM Posted - 06/29/2018 : 1:00:12 PM

I only just got here to discover that the party is over... I don't venture out of the HO forums much so that is how I missed this.
Sad to miss the build-up, what a beautiful and atmospheric layout. I drive the eastern shore route to get from NYC to Norfolk VA, so I am familiar with the long stretches of mundane and sublime scenery through there, and I always wondered if anyone modeled it. Miles and miles of old track settling into the grass and restricted speeds. They still use it and service the peninsula for grain, tank cars, and mixed cargo, just at sauntering slow speed.
I love the open space you left and the large sky drops, that really sets this nicely. Very well done, sorry there won't be more to see of this, guess I'll have to continue keep my eye out the window on the old grade along Rt 13 for more...
The choice of N scale is definitely good to model the scenery, especially in your bedroom space; you made good use of what you did.

Grubes Posted - 03/25/2018 : 10:59:11 AM

Thanks for the kind words. Great to see you back posting and congratulations on your progress with the continuation of the RnE. I will be closely following and feel privileged to have seen it in person back in Voorhees.

akimmons Posted - 03/18/2018 : 8:52:05 PM
I've been away from the Forum for awhile so I'm just catching up on your thread. Sorry to see you close out this layout. I look forward to a new one soon. Really love your modeling especially the scenery. Some great photos here!
Grubes Posted - 03/07/2018 : 07:52:32 AM
Originally posted by Gary from kent

Can I please ask what you use for NBWs in N scale. The swing bridge you built (in the early stages of this thread) is fantastic.

Good luck for your next adventure.

Thanks Gary.

Black Bear Scale Models (blackbearcc.com) has N scale NBWs under their ďDetails and Accessories Section). That was my source.

Gary from kent Posted - 03/06/2018 : 09:12:29 AM
Can I please ask what you use for NBWs in N scale. The swing bridge you built (in the early stages of this thread) is fantastic.

Good luck for your next adventure.
jbvb Posted - 01/18/2018 : 11:41:20 AM
Thanks for the pictures. I'm looking forward to your next endeavor.
MarkF Posted - 01/17/2018 : 2:17:51 PM
Dave, sad but exciting at the same time. Exciting because I know your next journey will bring about more exciting work from you. Your modeling is excellent and I always look forward to your posts. I can't wait to see where your imagination and skills take us next time!
Cowboybilly Posted - 01/17/2018 : 11:02:04 AM
nicely done i like it
Tyson Rayles Posted - 01/17/2018 : 09:06:12 AM
That was a great layout, sorry to see it go.
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/17/2018 : 08:41:22 AM
Thank you for the additional photos, Dave. Yours is one of the most atmospheric layouts Iíve seen.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 01/16/2018 : 11:47:51 PM
Dave sorry to here the rail has come to a stop.
Great modeling and scenery.

Looking forward to your next adventure.
quartergauger48 Posted - 01/16/2018 : 10:40:47 PM
Excellent layout and photography'..Good luck'..
Blazeman Posted - 01/16/2018 : 5:04:17 PM
Well, sad that this effort has been terminated. But everyone's hobby journey takes a different path. I happened to traverse the peninsula last fall to and from Outer Banks and many scenes along US 13 brought this layout to mind.

Thanks for sharing it with us.
Grubes Posted - 01/16/2018 : 4:55:25 PM
Posting to close out the Eastern Shore Railroad in N Gauge; Take 2. I am writing this in a good state of mind, not with sadness. Although I didn't finish the layout (didn't get to the super detail level), I accomplished something that I hadn't achieved in previous tries; I was able to model some of the atmosphere I'd hoped to capture from the first time I traveled along the Eastern Shore back in the 80's, and feel that the miniature version looked something like the real thing.

I was also able to hand lay track that was very reliable without having to worry about derailments and conduct a bit of operations. I've dismantled the layout and now am thinking about what to do next. My mind is wandering between N, HO, and O scale with each providing some benefits and limitations. Don't see it happening anytime very soon, but I have definitely not lost interests in model railroading.

So to end this chapter I'm posting some pictures, some of which I may have posted before, but some of the ones I like best. Thanks for all who've been following this thread for your interest, comments and suggestions. The support from this site is amazing and a contributing factor to my enjoyment of the hobby.


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