|CLINIC: Civil War Era Prototype Modeling: Why a Civil War Layout?|
|DAY: Saturday||TIME: 2:30-3:30p
|DESCRIPTION: Modeling for me is joyous, even amidst the usual breakdowns. When considering a civil war layout, I came to realize that there was more to my choice than simply interest. But once I began the journey, it was apparent that I made the right choice. In addition to the typical research, I found myself three degrees of separation from a period source. You will see how I came to decide to take on my "dream layout", including link and pin couplers, and all the while it being my first model railroad.
About the Clinician...
Thom had the classic Lionel experience at 18 months old. Fast forwarding, in 1999 he purchased a home with the space to build a medium size model railroad. Although this is the first attempt, Thom has assisted a couple of friends during his high school years on their layouts and in the late 1990’s became a member of the Garden State Central Club in Wall, NJ. His passion (or obsession) is railroading during the American Civil War.
Construction on his HO scale layout started in 2003 and is 95% completed. It depicts the Western and Atlantic RR, 1863, the route of the Great Locomotive Chase. Operating sessions occur periodically and using prototype link and pin couplers. NCE is the DCC system. Thom is also a co-founder of the American Civil War RR Historical Society and CivilWarRailroads@groups.io.