There are many model trains on the stunning model railway layout built by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders (NVMR). Therefore, in this video we discover as many scenes, buildings, bridges and trains as possible. The video includes three slide shows, numerous cab ride videos, special footage with passing steam locomotives, and offers many views of this impressive HO scale layout.
NVMR is a club of model railroading enthusiasts headquartered in the historic train depot in downtown Vienna, Virginia. The club built and maintains a large and permanent model railroad layout and opens its doors twelve times each year to the public. Visitors depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950’s. That railroad was called the “Western North Carolina Railroad” and every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car and industry on the model rail layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. The real-life “Western North Carolina Railroad” was a regional railroad that ran 138 miles from Salisbury to Asheville, passing through Statesville and a handful of other North Carolina towns. Each of these towns are represented on the NVMR’s layout.
Digital Command Control (DCC) is used on the model train layout. DCC technology permits independent operation of multiple locomotives. Using DCC, club members can walk around following their respective model trains using a hand-held remote to control their operation. As a result, a high degree of realism can be attained in railroad operations on the model layout. Thanks to DCC, visitors can observe realistic train movements as small switcher engines move cars around Spencer Yard to assemble trains. Each train is then connected to a larger locomotive that then rolls down the mainline track to other rail centers in distant towns, finally arriving in Asheville at the end of the day. At each town, trains will drop off and pick up cars using procedures and following train orders just like the real-life “Western North Carolina Railroad” did back in the 1950’s.
Railroad operations on the model train layout are organized to follow a typical day in August 1957 on the “Western North Carolina Railroad”. The rail ops begin in Spencer Yard near Salisbury. The day’s operation begins with a crew preparing two diesel locomotives or a steam locomotive to pull a passenger train or freight train 138 miles to Asheville. Along the way, passengers will see railroad operations and a variety of industries supported by the “Western North Carolina Railroad” in the towns of Majolica, Statesville, Clinchcross, Old Fort, Ridgecrest and Swannanoa. The day will end in Asheville, where the crew will spend the night before starting tomorrow’s run back to Salisbury.
Many structures and details were kitbashed or scratch built by members. Much of the track is hand-laid, with an estimated 250,000 ties placed and spiked. While the model train layout is permanent, maintenance and improvement is an ongoing effort. Thus, recent layout updates include a new computerized turnout control system and 3D printed structures. The NVMR layout’s track plan is designed to start railway operations at Salisbury’s Spencer Yard. Model trains will wind back and forth on many miles of track, through mountains and tunnels, passing towns with their rail yards and industries, until the trains finally pull into Asheville’s yard.
*The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders*
00: 00 Pilentum Television
00: 25 Model Train layout
16: 10 Slide Show (1)
17: 10 Model Railway Layout
28: 00 Slide Show (2)
29: 00 Model Railroad Layout
45: 25 Slide Show (3)
46: 25 Model Rail Layout