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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 13:17:00 AST.)

HO SCALE: Delta Valley & Southern Railway

Well it doesn't get much smaller than the Delta Valley & Southern Railway located in Arkansas and owned by the Wilson family to serve their cotton farm. The two photos below represent the entire 2-mile long line, and what's even more interesting, the line could be still operating today, although I can't find definite proof. (Anyone know for certain?)

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Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

"The Delta Valley and Southern Railway (reporting mark DVS) is a short-line railroad headquartered in Wilson, Arkansas. DVS operates a two-mile line in Arkansas near Wilson with one switch engine. The line is the former 18.1-mile (29.1 km) St. Louis-San Francisco Railway branch from Elkins to Deckerville. All but 2 miles (3.2 km) from Delpro to Elkins was abandoned in 1947. It currently operates, if at all, from its enginehouse at the present end of the line to a connection with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) south of Wilson. The line serves one cotton processing plant. As of 1996, motive power was a GE 45-tonner side-rod locomotive, purchased new in May, 1954, GE s/n 32129. The locomotive, DV&S 50, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Corporate headquarters are located in the company town of Wilson, Arkansas. The locomotive, if it is still there, is housed in a single stall engine house built right over the main line of this short railroad, at the end of the line. It can be accessed by country roads."

I took a few liberties by also adding the Wilson Gin Warehouses at the end of the line. There were a few spur tracks in Evadale, but I couldn't find for certain why they were there. They simply could have been for just for storage, or to deliver materials to the Wilson farm, I really don't know. One source I read stated that the line handled 600 carloads per year.

Here's My Version:

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TAGS: Design Feature: Based on Actual Location(s), Theme: Industrial Railway, Layout Size: Small Layouts, USA (States): Arkansas, American Railways: Delta Valley & Southern Railway, Types of Industries: Cotton Processing Plants


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