The James River Branch

Layout Summary

Setting:

Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1970s

Scale:

Z

Size:

15 by 36 inches

Track:

Handlaid Code 25 + Märklin sectional track (hidden)

Control:

homemade PWM on battery power

Benchwork:

Gatorfoam

Scenery:

Scultpamold over Foamcore

Status:

finished/destroyed

The James River Branch was an exercise in taking Z Scale to its limits. This bit of fantasy represents a small slice of Appalachia territory in northeastern Pennsylvania, where a Reading Lines branch passes though a small town on the James River (no relationship to the real James River in southeastern PA).

Original Website

Rather than constantly revise the abridged version of the website, I've resurrected the entire original site, which encompasses nearly 350 pages and well over 4,000 images. (NOTE: Some of the links/images/pages/features may not work.) Or, if you prefer the Reader's Digest version, here it is in a nutshell:

Condensed Website

  1. Pushing the Z Scale Envelope
  2. False Start
  3. Groundwork
  4. Tracklaying
  5. Structures
  6. Details
  7. Scenery

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