Trip Report, Part 2: A step back in time

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series documenting SACOM members’ trip to Michigan in Oct. 2021. It’s quite difficult to describe the level of perfection Mike Burgett has achieved on his HO scale representation of C&O Clifton Forge Division, which is set in 1965. Burgett occasionally opens his layout to visitors … Read more

A trial in reality

November 1, 2021 marked our layout’s very first practice operating simulation, when we ran both the “Hurricane Turn” and the “Handley Turn” out of South Charleston, taking specific manifest cars from that yard to spot, both east and west.

This was the first step in discovering the many “fixes” that are needed in track, electrical, rolling stock and motive power. All were noted.

Here, Cory spots coal loads at the St. Albans coal dock, and then on to switch the other industries in town.

Visiting Steamer…

Whether a re-route from the Pennsylvania’s own line, or a test across the old C&O, Pennsy’s K-4 3678 steams west through St. Albans. The engine was on tour, along with Jack Fellure, for one of our Operating Fridays earlier this month. Come by and visit us!

Just another Friday night…

Another Friday evening at our SACOM layout (7/2/21) brings together nine for model train operations, fellowship and fun.  Jack Fellure (center) traveled here from New Mexico – our farthest-traveled guest.  We meet here every Friday evening, alternating “Operating Fridays” and “Work Fridays.”  You’re welcome to join us for BOTH! Our layout depicts parts of C&O’s … Read more