NNRR History

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Engine Roster

Rolling Stock


Signal System

Signal Construction

Rivarossi Parts Sheets



Welcome to the Home of my Nickel & Norfolk Railroad Company modeled in HO Scale. Like the layout, this site is always in development with more to come as time goes by. I plan to be adding to this site on a regular basis, so check back frequently to see the additions.

I have designed this site so that I may share with you my experiences in the design, construction and operation of a NNRR based model railroad in HO Scale. Contained are different sections that detail the designing stages, planning, construction and operations.

One purpose of this site is to meet new people and gather more information. As much research as I have done, there is still so much more to do. The area that I have chosen to model is rich in history, and I know I have only scratched the surface. If during your visit to this site, you notice an error in my observations, or would like to add your thoughts, your input is more than welcome. I am always seeking information, particularly as it concerns the history of the areas modeled, or information about the trains operated.



Scale: HO.
Size: 14 x 25 feet / Double Deck (644 square ft) - 8’ high ceilings.
Min Radius: HO scale Mainline 32”  / Branchline Main 20”
Maximum grade: 3.0%  
Period: 1948 to 1974 Nickel Plate Road / Norfolk Western (Nickel Norfolk private roads), Penn Central, NYC, B&O
Layout Style: Center Walkaround with generous 4’ wide aisles average. Point to point for operation / oval to loop for continuous runs.
Benchwork: Various Construction Techniques  
Roadbed: Five ply 3/4” Plywood with Foam, Foam / Cork Roadbed, gravel ballast from a prototype source.
Turnouts: Mainline #10, #8 & #6. Branch Lines #4 and #6, all hand-laid. Approximately 63 turnouts.
Track: Hand made turnouts and Micro Engineering flex track. Code 100 for the mainline, code 70 for yard, sidings and branch line  
Prototype Trackwork Features: Frequent use of double ended tracks, lap siding , siding on trestle , lap frog turnouts , interchange tracks , wye with a diamond, simple congested town (Greer), narrow gauge crossing standard gauge , long multiple use industry tracks, dual yard leads , towns based on prototype plans and use of full size buildings.
Scenery: 270 linear feet plaster-120 linear feet vegetation covered (weeds, trees & moss).
The scenery is composed of Hardshell, real rocks, plaster castings, ceiling tiles and foam
Backdrop: Masonite and drywall/spray painted with clouds.
Lighting: LED, with incandescent in staging areas and some multiple deck areas.
Mainline Run: 84 feet .
Passing Tracks: 4 each, ranging from 12 to 24 cars long
Average Train Length: 18 cars or about 3’ in length. Maximum train length has been 53 cars
Working Yard: 183 cars with 130' turntable, engine roundhouse (18 stalls) engine terminal. engine shop, transfer table, servicing facility, 2 rip tracks near engine house.   [*** Roundhouse will be rebuilt with a new 26 stall building in 2015 from scratch]
Staging Yard(s): Below Norfolk Service Facilities 122 cars,  Below Greer & Plymouth 155 cars. 
Power Control: Lenz Digital Command Control (DCC) with 6 Power Districts, 42 Blocks,  36 Feedback Decoders,
Signaling: 148 Signals controlled by reed switches, mini switches, and controllers.  hooked into the DCC system.  but not controlled by the system.

Meat (refers) - Eastbound loads

Coal - online mines, moving South, North and West.

Stone Quarry products - from Edmore, Rockton and Marquette.
Agricultural products - all towns.
Livestock and Other - Other trains.
Passenger Trains: Through (“B&O” & “Lackawanna”) and local trains.

Passengers have Boarded the N&NRR


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