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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6:44:00 ADT.)

On30 SCALE: Palmetto Brick Company Railway

Back in 2017 I found a thread on another railway related forum that highlighted the Palmetto Brick Company's railway located in Wallace, South Carolina. The 3-foot gauge line used small 8-ton Plymouth locomotive to haul steel side-dump clay cars from its quarry to the brick kilns, which were still in service at that time.

After finding the thread, I wanted to do a design for an On30 layout based on the 1½-miles long line. The first thing was to narrow down the scenes to include, and I decided upon trying to incorporate all key scenes in the design, which I identified as: the clay pit loading area which would include a Caterpillar excavator; the highway crossing protected by the flashing crossing signals; the scene with both the railway and highway bridges over the millpond; the run-around tracks at the brickyard surrounded by a chain link fence; and the clay unloading building itself.

Of course compromises had to be made to fit everything in the 18" x 14' space, but I think it is a reasonable rendition of the railway, and there is enough room for trains lengths of 8 dump cars plus a Plymouth loco, which also seemed to be used on the prototype.

For a short video of the line, please see this link.

Track Plan:

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Overall views of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the layout:

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TAGS: Type: 3 Turnout Layout, Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, USA (States): North Carolina, American Railways: Palmetto Brick Company Ry, Types of Industries: Clay Processing Plants, Types of Industries: Quarries

User Comments:

Posted by Ed Vasser on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:28:30 AM.

Looking through all your plans and don't know how I missed this one before, but you sure have captured the Palmetto Brick Company line! About 10 years ago, I was going to model this line in F Scale (15mm - 3foot gauge using G scale track) on a 36' long wall in the basement. I acquired suitable motive power (an 8 ton Whitcomb and several side-dump cars). I'd also contacted the owner of the plant who was kind enough to give me permission to visit the line, although it was currently not in use, and he wasn't sure that they'd be running it any time soon. Before I could work out the time to visit the area, he emailed me and told me they were going to discontinue rail use completely. I was very disappointed, but fortunately there are videos of the line in operation and your track plan is all anyone needs to model this unique operation. I haven't given up on the idea of modeling it, but am currently just too much into working with my HO scale equipment. Maybe one day.

Posted by Rob Chant on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6:44:00 AM.

Thanks Ed! That's what's so good about this site ... always something new to find when you come back for a look ... LOL.

Not sure if you have seen these threads (links below) by Larry Knapp (BigLars) on RR-Line Forums, but this is where the idea originated ... tons of info on the line if you ever decide to model it.

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