Piedmont And Western Model Railroad Museum

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P&W Pictures

2000 Slide Show
This series of pictures has been re-linked as a slide show with captions. Images have been ordered from Big Laurel NC in the south toward Ashford VA in the north.

2006 Slide Show
This new sequence of photos follows the RR starting in the north at the town of Ashford VA, and follows it south town by town to Big Laurel NC. Comparison with the earlier pictures will reveal a lot of new things

A fairly large group of us from as far as a couple of hours away meet monthly to operate on the P&W empire, and a grand time is had by all. The P&W uses a Digitrax Chief DCC system, and a number of us bring our own radio and plug-in controllers, or smart phones, to augment the supply. Operation is by card order and takes place on the first Saturday evening of each month and the preceeding Friday. Operations require 12-18 people. Visiting engineers are always welcome. E-mail Jim Thomas ator Martin Oakes atif you'd like to attend. Directions to the P&W

The P&W currently resides in two buildings joined by two "connecting" lines, one single track, the other double track. The connector section itself is a layout high covered tunnel that bridges the gap between the two buildings. The connector sides are removable for access to problem trains, such as having too little motive power to make the steep grades present in the connectors.

Jack Parker's original layout has been over 55 years in the building which is evidenced by the beautiful scenery and wealth of detail found throughout. Some of these small mountain towns have only recently received electric lights.

Future dreams include moving the P&W into a new building with meeting and museum areas included. One possible new plan eliminates all operational duck under's and opens up the aisles to 4' or greater at all points. All passing sidings would increase by 3' in length as well, allowing longer trains to be operated. All existing scenery would remain largely intact. Many areas that formerly were against walls would become accessible for viewing and operation from both sides.

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