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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:49:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Paducah & Tennessee Midland (Dredson Branch, Tennessee)

Back in September of 2018, I was asked by a member of a railway forum to design a small shelf layout to fit along two walls of his bedroom. The layout was to be based on the Dredson Branch of his Paducah & Tennessee Midland RR (P&TM) located near McKenzie, TN. Since the layout owner only had limited spare time to dedicate to modeling, he wanted a simple layout that could offer a bit of switching while capturing the rural setting of the line.

Most of the shelves are only 12" deep, but there is a jut out to 15" to allow more room around the team track giving the layout a square footage of around 25 square feet. Staging was handled in a visible yard behind the team track, where a round-around track was located on the prototype.

Spinks Clay is the biggest online customer, and I wanted to do the company some justice. Working from Google maps, and a few photos the layout owner supplied of the plant, I was able to include a compressed version that is a good facsimile of the real thing. McKenzie Co-op is a back-dated version of the structure that is there now, and is currently the home of Dale's Scrap. The only other spot for switching is the team track which sees a variety of traffic.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, USA (States): Tennessee, Types of Industries: Clay Processing Plants


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