I have been impressed with the A&O since I saw it in the May 2006 Model Railroader. The 2009 MRP article is fantastic! I love the concept of the people tunnels to divide the layout into separate scenes. The photos of the Big Coal River Gorge are very impressive. I certainly want o include a scene such as this on my new layout.
Concerning my new layout, I had been planning to build in HO, already having enough rolling stock to operate in HO in my 11’ x 13’ room. Unfortunatly, I have been having trouble with both my eyes and hands as I grow older. I am seriously considering switching to O scale. In fact, I just bought a couple of kits to try it out. I like your advice on the site that you constructed a diarama first to try it out. I have been impressed with O scale for a long time, but thought my space and budget wouldn’t allow me to do what I want.
Since my spoace is small, and my interests lie in West Virginia logging and mining in the earlier part of the last century, I am seriously considering O scale narrow gauge as the main layout, with a connection to the Western Maryland Rwy in standard gauge. I am hopeful I can pull off the effect of a mountain hollow in this space. I have a friend who has given me some really neat out-of-the-box ideas. He shared his concepts with me several years ago when he was designing his 1930’s HO layout.
Any advice or observations would be more than welcome from you, David, or anyone else.
I will certainly continue checking in to see the progress and read what others are saying.
Joel, excellent site! It certainly compliments the former and future layouts well.
Happy Model Railroading,