On this page you can find information about my layout, The Appalachian & Western Railroad. You can also keep up the progress of the layout by watching my video train blog series and also via Twitter and Facebook.
Videos of the Layout:
Here you can check out the layout update videos that I TRY to make about once or twice per year. The most recent video immediately below. Beneath that, you will find the most recent FULL LAYOUT TOUR video, and then beneath that you'll find older videos. Please note that this page is not akways the best place to see ALL layout related videos. I try to update it as often as I can, but the place place to view all recent videos is directly on my youtube channel on the video page of this site.
Most Recent Layout Video
2020 Live Virtual Layout Tour
Most Recent Full Layout Tour
Older Layout Videos
Layout Progress - November 2018
Layout Progress - September 2018
Layout Progress - December 2016
Layout Update #9 - November 2012
Layout Update #8 - October 2011
Layout Update #7 - May 2011
Layout Update #6 - November 2010
Layout Update #5 - Ovtober 2010
Layout Update #4 - July 2010
Layout Update #3 - February 2010
Piedmont Pilgrimage 2009
Layout Update #2 - October 2009
Layout Update #1 - June 2009
A Ride Around The Layout, 2009
Layout Tour Part 1 - 2008
Layout Tour Part 2 - 2008
Layout Size: Since my layout is spread out over several rooms, it's easier to measure its size in square feet. That said, the layout will be approximately 400 sq. feet. If you we're to put all the sections together, that would equate to roughly a 20'x20' table.
Layout Theme: A modern themed diesel powered layout. The majority of the layout will be set in the southeast United States. The bottom left back room will be the "Colorado" room and will have a more western look and feel. My description of the theme will get more detailed as the layout comes together.
Track: Atlas O 3-Rail track, switches and turntables.
Command systems: MTH DCS and Lionel TMCC.
Power: At present, 4 180-watt Lionel Powerhouse bricks.
Minimum radius curve: O-63 (Only in the yard)
Most commonly used curve: O-72
Maximum radius curve: O-90
Height: Main level is 47 inches off the floor. 2nd level is 58 inches off the floor.
Layout Track Plan
Here's a computer trackplan for the layout. This trackplan has been slightly altered in certain places as I've started to lay track, but you can get a general idea of the plan. Click on the photo below to view the full size image.