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ncstl576
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Posted - 04/02/2019 :  2:27:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all, I wanted to share my current idea for an NC&StL layout. This would obviously be a "dream layout" (emphasis on dream) and certainly require more than one deck. Any suggestions as to actual layout design are more than welcome, as I've only really got the concept at the moment.

The NC&StL never actually reached St. Louis, though they certainly tried. In the late 1870s they were in negotiations to acquire the St. Louis & Southeastern and the Owensboro & Nashville, but the L&N managed to snatch it out from under them. The StL&SE would eventually become the L&N Evansville Division. In 1880 the L&N acquired the NC&StL, though the latter remained independent until 1957.

This layout assumes the L&N wasn't able to acquire the StL&SE or the O&N, and the NC&StL now boasts a St. Louis-Atlanta main line and control of the Central of Georgia. The layout, set in 1945-1954 range, is essentially the L&N Evansville Division from E. St. Louis to Evansville, Indiana. The handsome J-3 "Yellow Jackets" are hauling passenger trains like the "Dixie Flyer" and the "Georgian" for the time being, though new EMD E-units will soon take their place. Several other railroads appear through interchanges, while I hope could be modeled as "living" interchanges, as Bill Darnaby refers to them.

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robchant
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Posted - 04/08/2019 :  5:57:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome to the forum!

A backstory is really not much to go on for layout design ... so you might want to add your Given & Druthers. (You didn't even tell us a gauge or the size of your space.)

Take care,
Rob.



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ncstl576
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Posted - 04/09/2019 :  2:06:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by robchant

Welcome to the forum!

A backstory is really not much to go on for layout design ... so you might want to add your Given & Druthers. (You didn't even tell us a gauge or the size of your space.)

Take care,
Rob.

As I'm an armchair modeler for the time being, so I'm afraid these parameters aren't really set. I'm not even really decided on HO vs N - modelling the NC&StL would require a fair amount of kitbashing and scratchbuilding in any scale.



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