CLIFTON FORGE — Several N Scale model railroaders displayed their modeling talents and operating trains for the public Saturday during an exhibit hosted by the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society.

The event was held at the C&O Heritage Center.

Among the exhibitors was Dale Perry of Hampton, a long-time N Scaler. Dale, the brother of Clifton Forge resident Glenn Perry, is a regular at train shows and other festivals in the area.

Also on display was a modular layout featuring scenes along the C&O route in West Virginia. The modules are built to specifications which allow the modules to be linked together into one larger layout.

Modules on display featured the communities of Prince, Nuttall and Mt. Carbon, located along the C&O (present-day CSX) mainline in the New River Gorge, and the town of Renick, on the C&O’s now-abandoned Greenbrier Subdivision.

First developed in Europe in the 1960s, N Scale trains run on track in which the rails are spaced 9 mm apart. N Scale trains are scaled down to 1/160th the size of prototype trains, ideal for model railroaders who are limited in available space. N Scale is the second most popular scale among modelers, behind HO.

Also on permanent display at the Heritage Center is an operating O Scale layout which features several modeled scenes along the C&O in Virginia and West Virginia.

The Heritage Center is located at the former C&O Smith Creek Yard.


(Thumbnail Photo) The Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society hosted a model railroad exhibit Saturday at the Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge, featuring several “N Scale” model railroaders. The exhibit was open to the public. In the photo at left, Dale Perry of Hampton, right, shows a custom painted boxcar to Brad Edwards of Clifton Forge. 

(Article Only Photo) Two trains pass each other on an “N Scale” model railroad layout which was on display Saturday at the C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge. (Gavin Dressler Photos)