We couldn’t fit all the spectacular photos of Jack Varadi’s HO scale Greenville & Ohio in the December issue, so here’s a gallery of more images of the 13 1/2 x 23-foot model railroad. All photos by Bruce Gathman.
It’s early afternoon in Clinchport and the Greenville & Ohio Railroad is busy. G&O no. 27 (an ex-Westside Models Ma &Pa 0-6-0 loco) is working Cabin Creek Coal Mine. Southbound G&O no. 28 through freight is dropping cars for local industries before heading to its final destination of Greenville, SC. Number 28 is an ex Pacific Fast Mail Santa Fe consolidation. Northbound Southern Railway no. 20 is heading north to its destination, Portsmouth, Ohio.
Cedar Mountain Station is a King’s Mill model of Green Cove station on the Abingdon branch of the Norfolk & Western. The scene and prototype station was made famous by O. Winston Link’s photo titled “Old Maude”.
Herb’s Precious Metals is a business always looking for treasures in the scrap metal they receive. Unfortunately, they receive much more of the latter. The building is a kitbashed Rix kit modeled after a business in Greer, SC.
The Southern Crescent is passing over Lake Blair in one of its final runs. Electro-Motive Division diesel units will soon be the motive power of choice. The trestle is curved and on a grade. It took several years before there was enough courage to build it.
Greer is the highest point on the Southern main line between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The G&O also serves the town. The station is an old Revell kit. G&O no. 15 has just spotted a recently acquired coach for servicing.
The Clinchport depot is located just south of the Natural Tunnel that can be seen in the background. Rural Appalachia is still dependant on rail for passenger travel, but the Trailways Bus Company may change that.
Southern Railway Class Ks no. 630 is entering Jonesborough, Tennessee. The company houses in the foreground belong to the local textile mill. Hale’s Furniture and the W.R. Grace plant are two other area industries.