After lunch, Stephen and I went to James EuDaly’s O scale C&O layout set in the fall of 1948. It is awesome.
This scene is based on a photo Jim took of his wife sitting by the depot – even down to the shoes she was wearing:
I ran a 40 foot long (in the real world) coal train with 35 hoppers.
You can see the engine of the left and the end of the train on the right:
Stephen ran this train:
I then set the Dispatcher’s panel, a real one, for the George Washington, a double headed steam-pulled 12 car passenger train. Each car is 20″ long. You can stand in the middle of a curve and see your train on both sides! His scenery is stunning and the whole layout is truly breathtaking.
Jim has a set of relays, not used for routing, but there for the noise.
The George Washington:
Jim also has his layout set up for night running:
Even the fire boxes are lit with a flickering red glow.