About the layout

Built after the Norfolk & Western prototype to match the look of the Appalachian region and set in a loose time period dating back to the early 1980ies.
It is a point-to-point layout designed for operation which can be operated by a crew of four or five members.
The C&E system is located between Cleveland, OH and Harrisburg, PA. It handles traffic form a number of local industries – including some coal mines and serves as a bridge-line too.

With some changes early 2017 on the layout, I’ve been able to exclude the peninsula from the mainline and now operate it as an own “branchline” the Greenhill Sub. It connects just west of Elizabeth Oaks via the Greenhill Junction.

The track-plan shows the most recent layout version.

You  can get an overview of all major layout points on this system schematics :


Layout at a glance :

  • Layout is sectional and completely moveable
  • “Around the wall” design with peninsula.
  • Full-room size : 4.95 m x 4.80 m for the expansion on the tow right corner
  • Track : ATLAS Code 55
  • Turnouts : #5, #7, #10, curved TA and Wye
  • Control : DCC with Duplex Radio, most of the engines equiped with sound-decoders
  • Tracklenght : Mainline – approx. 14.5 m / Greenhill Branch – approx. 6.0 m / Coal Branch – approx. 3.9 m
  • Operation : Carcards & Waybills along with Timetable and Track Warrant via Dispatcher

Industries :

  • Elizabeth Oak including a small yard, engine shop with turntable, team-track and serveral rail served local industries.
  • East-Grain Flour-Mill, located at Elizabeth Oaks
  • Sarverville will include a large MFG Corp, Logwood plant and a small yard mainly to serve the Coal branch up to Wharton
  • Red-Rock with Depot, Track-side Transfer and a medium sized coal-mine – Now run as Greenhil Sub
  • Spot, which is primarily a passing-siding and serves a gravel loading facility. – Now run as Greenhil Sub