Layout Open House

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Stefan Bartelski's Blue Ridge Line

This layout is a representation of the Etowah Old Line, aka the Georgia Northeastern Railroad, in the last weeks before CSX transferred the line to GNRR. It is only partially completed but in the future will include key features of the line including the Hiwassee Loop, Marble Hill switchback, Georgia Marble mines and the Copperhill mine. Currently track is laid for Elizabeth to Tate.  Layout pictures.

If you are interested in visiting Stefan's layout, contact the Piedmont Division Director of Operations at no later than 9:00pm, Friday, February 21.  You will receive directions to the layout.

  • Scale                     H0
  • Size                       26x15 (current phase 26x6)
  • Prototype              Etowah Old Line
  • Locale                   Elizabeth to Etowah (currently Elizabeth, Marietta, Canton, Nelson & Tate)
  • Era                        October 1986
  • Len.Mainline         Currently 50 feet
  • Layout Height       44"
  • Benchwork            Plywood frame with foam board
  • Roadbed               Cork
  • Trackwork             Peco code 83 & code 70 flex
  • Turnouts                Peco Insulfrog & Electrofrog
  • Min. Radius           25” 
  • Max. Grade           2%
  • Scenery                Roughly 15%
  • Backdrop              Yes, photographic
  • Controls                DCC - Digitrax (wireless) & JMRI on RPi (smartphone)
  • Wheelchair            No (outdoor steps to basement entrance)