Modern Model Railroading in 1/87

Helixes from Version 1

The Richmond Terminal Railroad, Version 2 Once More, with feeling... The second Richmond Terminal will be bigger and more prototypically focused than the first version. This version is going to focus on the RF&P side of the railroad. CSX now calls this the CFP district of the Rocky Mount Division, but in this modeled world, the RF&P stayed operationally independent due to political and economi wrangling so prepare to see blue and gray diesels along the line.

This site will be used to document and share the construction and operation of the railroad. A blogspot hosted blog, richmond-terminal.blogspot.com, has been used until this point for this, but it is my intention that eventually the host blog will be used for short updates only and the majority of the content will reside here.

For more information, please use the tabs above for navigation. The Blog tab has the most information currently as the transition to this site is ongoing at this time. Additional content will be created and migrated as time permits. The blog is easily updated, so quick updates are posted as progress is made on the layout.

The Richmond Terminal Railroad V1 was a HO scale representation of the major rail lines in and around the city of Richmond, VA. The layout took up a good portion of a 33' by 24' basement and had multiple decks connected by both helix and nolix. The railroad uses JMRI to drive a CTC system with dispatcher control of the mainline turnouts. The picture above was the helix above a helix that connected the lower staging deck to the main deck for helix 1 (the bottom helix) and from the main deck to the upper deck (top helix that's suspended with all-thread.) All the V1 content can be found on the "V1" tab above.









 

Current Status:

November 2017: Construction is proceeding as time, materials and funding is available. Additional updates to the site and blog as also in progress as pictures are found.

Recent Updates:

Fourth Work Session - October 14, 2017. Two intrepid model railroaders made the trek to the east side of town to help construction along. Backdrops were hung around the layout for the upper level, staging sections for the staging yard were hung and other "fix-me" issues were resolved. I've started to hang work notes at places around the railroad to let anybody quickly tell status and what should be done next.

Third Work Session - April 8th 2017. Titled the "Hello New Gig Edition" More benchwork tasks were worked on this session.

Second work session - March 4th 2017. Titled the "Good Bye Old Job Edition" Edition

First work session - December 10th 2017. Titled the "Here we go again" Edition. The spine walls were build and erected.