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An American HO layout by Roger Elkin.

ELK VALLEY RAILROAD

Owner: Roger Elkin

Scale/gauge: 3.5mm scale HO standard gauge

Description: The Elk Valley Railroad is a fictitious short line somewhere in the north east part of the USA. The line serves the local industries including Carlisle's paper products, Elk Valley Foods ("Home of the Elkburger"!), a lumber yard and a ready-mixed concrete plant. The line also runs tourist steam and diesel trains from the splendidly restored station, with its Russian-inspired architecture. There is also an historic streetcar operation from the local museum to the station. The period is the early years of the 21st century.

The layout was inspired by holidays in New England and Pennsylvania. The locos and rolling sock are all commercial ready-to-run items, some of which have been repainted in our own livery with the aid of home-made decals printed on a computer printer. The track is standard Peco code 100. The buildings are a mixture of Walthers kits and home-made items using laser-cut parts from our own drawings. The station building is based on the one at North Conway in New England, and the station inn, with its railfans sitting on the veranda watching the trains come and go is modelled on the one at Cresson, Pennsylvania.

Size of layout : 12ft long x 1ft 6ins  deep

Floor area required: 13ft x 6ft (operated from the back)

Power requirements : 1 x 13amp socket.

Furniture requirements: The layout has its own trestles, but needs 1 small table for spare stock and 2 chairs for the operators.

Number of operators: 2

Transport requirements: 1 car