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Walt Appel
Piedmont & Allegheny Ry

The Piedmont & Allegheny Ry. extends from Pittsburgh, PA to Charlotte, NC. The railway uses trackage rights on the B&O to reach Pittsburgh with the main line in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the winter of 1957-58. The modeled portion of the railway is in western Virginia with a division point at Shenandoah, Va. It is a point to point layout with staging at Pittsburgh and Charlotte (why did I pick such long names for our end points?). We have a single track main line with two branch lines and use a card card system to route traffic. Control is via CVP Products' Easy DCC. The pike is located on the second floor of our home in a 13 x 24 room. Lance Mindheim of Shelf Layouts designed the railway and fabricated the benchwork and did much of the scenery. The P&A was designed and built for operation by one person. Many of the structures were salvaged from my last layout in NJ and incorporated into the new layout.

Basic information:
A. Scale: HO
B. DC or DCC: Easy DCC wireless
C. Dispatching/control method: Sequence of trains using train orders
D. Car control: car cards
E. Mainline: Approximately 50'
F. Room size: 13'x24'
G. Percent sceniced: 100%
H. Handicap accessibility: None, requires climbing stairs
I. Maximum number of guest operators: 3

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