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Personal Perspectives on the Piedmont Pilgrimage

By Clinton Smoke

Piedmont Pilgrammage Sign The Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association celebrates November with a public tour of model railroads in the Atlanta Area. This was the sixth year of such activity; over 50 layouts were on display. I was able to visit six of these layouts while sharing the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with family. All six were interesting.

Space limits my comments for this report to just one layout; I picked Edward Laityís Valley and Tekoa layout. Ed is retired and lives and models in Lilburn, Ga.

The Valley and Tekoa Railroad layout is modeled to somewhat simulate the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in the time period of 1895 that ran in the State of Nevada. The V&T was originally constructed to haul ore from the mines to the stamp mills along the Carson River. The towns, structures and even the name of the layout has it's origins from Biblical nomenclature. The main town of Tekoa grew up because of its location in the valley and has the only brick station on the railroad. Other towns on the line consist of Ophir, prospering because it is the location of Solomon's Mine, now producing a small quantity of gold ore and hence the location of the railroads yard and engine facilities which has enabled the citizens of Ophir to maintain themselves and prosper. The other town is Dan. The layout is 14' x 19' in an "L" configuration.

Picture of the layout Ed was a most gracious host, taking time to explain to us the process of locating and constructing many beautiful scratch-built structures. His structures are a mixture of scratch and kit built. Rolling stock consists of 5 steam locos, an assortment of old time passenger cars, 35 and 40 foot box cars, gons, and ore and tank cars. Power control is by Dynatrol. Sights of interest consist of unusual names of industries and stores, man using out house, a fire in a barrel, a carpenter resting while building steps, a lady haggling a meat salesman, a dog relieving himself at a stump, etc. Sounds to listen for include babbling water, mooing cows, and the saloon crowd.

The Apple Valley Model RR Club Holds Open House During the Holidays

The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club, located in the historic Hendersonville Railroad Depot on Seventh Avenue at Maple, will be open to the public on Friday, Dec 26th, from 10 to 4 and on Saturday the 27th, from 10 to 4. The club will also be open on Wednesday, News Years eve, from 10 to 4. These added dates provide great opportunities to see and share this great layout with family and friends.