Information on this website is intended to convey the thinking, planning, methods, steps and processes I went through in building South Elkins. As with many model railroads, it is ever evolving and changing as the construction hours go by. I hope my notes and images on this project encourage you to set goals and work towards them in enjoyment of this wonderful hobby. We can easily face analysis paralysis with any project, and so many model railroaders do end up frozen in some aspect of their modeling. I know it has happened to me on a few occasions. “Just Do It” is a fine mantra. Dive right in to a project and see how it rolls. Having friends along to help will offer encouragement, knowledge and the extra hands to get help get things done. You will make mistakes, but you can’t learn how to do something properly without a little failure.
To set the stage for you, it’s important to understand some of the geographical and historical aspects of Elkins, West Virginia. A concise review of early Elkins rail history can be found in the book “ West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Railway - A Western Maryland Predecessor”, by Alan Clarke. Additional resources can be found through the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society. They have quite an archive of material and a quarterly publication, the Blue Mountain Express, detailing various aspects of the Western Maryland Railway. There have also been a few local history books and other interesting volumes published over the ages. Sources are listed on the Links & Resources page.
Regular layout updates will be posted to links on the Construction Methods page.
|The South Elkins story continues with a historical review.
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