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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 14:56:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Tallulah Falls Railway (Cornelia, GA, to Franklin, NC)

Back in October of 2014, I was asked by a member of a railway forum to help design a big basement layout based in the Tallulah Falls Railway in HO scale. The railway ran from Cornelia, GA, where it interchanged with the Southern Ry, to Franklin, NC.

At first, the owner just wanted to model the line from Cornelia to Tallulah Falls, GA, in a 20-foot by 20-foot space. However, eventually the project expanded and I ended up designing a layout for the complete railway in a 32-foot by 32-foot space.

The owner wanted sincere scenes with the trains passing only once through each. He also sent a series of PDF files that showed the track arrangement of the more important towns along the line, and each modeled station was based as close as possible on those track diagrams. There were quite a few bridges and trestles along the route, and the mountainous scenery offered an excellent back drop to the trains that just had to be included.

The standards for the layout included a maximum grade of 3.0%, #6 minimum turnouts, and minimum radius of 24-inches. He was planning to model 1955, after steam had been retired, but he decided to run steam anyway.

If you want to know more about the railway, there is a good history of the line on the Abandoned Rails website: Tallulah Falls Railroad.

The layout below shows the final draft of the plan, but due to an issue with the owner's basement construction (he was building a new home at the time), the layout never materialized.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Large Layouts, Theme: Regional / Short Line Railway, Staging Options: Staging Yards, USA (States): Georgia, USA (States): North Carolina, American Railways: Tallulah Falls Ry

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