Monday, December 1, 2008

The first signal is up and working on the VBR&S!

This is the southbound main signal at Tye River. It's companion is just out of sight on the left and controls the northbound track. I'll have more details on the signals and the system I'm using to control them. Stay Tuned!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Progress in the Lower Basin

I've actually been working on the railroad! In Lynchburg's Lower Basin I've added three buildings from Chris Wiley's Photo Buildings series which are actually in the Lower Basin.

This one is near the Strouther Drug spot on the layout and because it's actually still there and was next to the Strouther building which isn't there anymore, will take it's place on the VBR&S

N.B. Handy is still around, and so it is now in place in it's proper location.

In addition to adding these buildings, more will be forthcoming...Chris is working on them now. I've also begun work on adding signals to the VBR&S. The first installation location will be Tye River. The module is here, and I'm building the signals for it. Stay tuned for progress reports. The Southern used ABS on my portion of the railroad in 1956, so that's the system I'll be using. They won't replace the Timetable & Train Order system we have now, but simply add to it.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Operators views of the VBR&S

The Rockfish area is the first thing you see when entering the layout building. Above "Rockfish" is a fast clock monitor and a real time Southern Railway clock. Below the Rockfish depot you can see part of American Cyanamid on the "Piney River" lower level.

This is the Monroe Yard area. Normally three operators take care of yard operations during an operating session.

This is Covesville to Red Hill on the main level, and more of Piney River on the lower level.

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Virginia Blue Ridge & Southern is an HO scale model railroad located in a 24 X 36 building which was built expressly for it. The layout may be operated realistically by from 8 to 12 people.

This is my model of Kemper Street Station in Lynchburg. From the aisle you see the street side of the station, and in this picture we are looking from almost the exact opposite direction as the actual picture of Kemper Street Station below.