N&W and Virginian Railroads,N scale,finally!

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Virginian, Jan 28, 2001.

  1. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    Jan 28, 2001
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    Hi, call me'Virginian, though I've lived in California for most of the last 30 plus years. I was born in Roanoke, Va., the grandson of a Locomotive Engineer. Granddaddy Bill ran on both the Virginian and the N&W for about 40 years, ending in the late 60s..I witnessed the transition from steam to diesel from a front row seat in Roanoke and in The Seat in Mullens, WV.
    Just starting to research building N layout of my Granddaddy's runs for those roads..been along time comin' and I've got a lot of catchin' up to do. Anybody have anything to share, real road or model wise? I've learned a lot in a short while and I'm remembering lots as I search...my era is..about 1950 to about 1964 or a little later. Thanks, the

  2. dbn160

    dbn160 Member

    Dec 17, 2000
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    Howdy I model some VGN in N. I have two
    brass FM Train Masters painted in VGN and
    just picked up all 3 new Atlas FM Train
    Masters. About 7-8 years ago I picked up
    the Atlas/Samhongsa N USRA 2-8-8-2 lettered for VGN but not sure how accurate that model is. In 1986-87 I had a friend make up an AA
    a set of VGN EL-2B electric locomotives --
    these were made by GE in 1948 and had four
    4-wheel trucks under each unit.

    The Virginia Tech Library has an on-line
    searchable photo archive of the N&W historical records....these are mostly B/W
    photos....at this URL


    A search on the word Virginian will
    turn up over 50 photos

    I have downloaded a lot of VGN info from the
    WWW and will be happy to share it with you.

    Please contact me by email at:



    Don Brown
    Tucson AZ
    (I lived near Newport News from 1978-85
    and fell hard for N&W/VGN railroading)