Cleveland & Eastern RR

Built after the Norfolk & Western prototype to match the look of the Appalachian region and set in a loose time period dating back to the early 1980ies.
It is a point-to-point layout designed for operation which can be operated by a crew of four or five members.
The C&E system is located between Cleveland, OH and Harrisburg, PA. It handles traffic form a number of local industries – including some coal mines and serves as a bridge-line too.

With some changes early 2017 on the layout, I’ve been able to exclude the peninsula from the mainline and now operate it as an own “branchline” the Greenhill Sub. It connects just west of Elizabeth Oaks via the Greenhill Junction.

The track-plan shows the 2015 extension. The current layout design is under revision with the goal to enhance branchline action, and to add at least one or two more industries.

A new visual layout plan is currently under development.

You  can get an overview of all major layout points on this system schematics :


Layout at a glance :

  • Layout is sectional and completely moveable
  • “Around the wall” design with peninsula.
  • Full-room size : 4.95 m x 4.80 m for the expansion on the tow right corner
  • Track : ATLAS Code 55
  • Turnouts : #5, #7, #10, curved TA and Wye
  • Control : DCC with Duplex Radio, most of the engines equiped with sound-decoders
  • Tracklenght : Mainline – approx. 14.5 m / Greenhill Branch – approx. 6.0 m / Coal Branch – approx. 3.9 m
  • Operation : Carcards & Waybills along with Timetable and Track Warrant via Dispatcher

Industries :

  • Elizabeth Oak including a small yard, engine shop with turntable, team-track and serveral rail served local industries.
  • East-Grain Flour-Mill, located at Elizabeth Oaks
  • Sarverville will include a large MFG Corp, Logwood plant and a small yard mainly to serve the Coal branch up to Wharton
  • Red-Rock with Depot, Track-side Transfer and a medium sized coal-mine – Now run as Greenhil Sub
  • Spot, which is primarily a passing-siding and serves a gravel loading facility. – Now run as Greenhil Sub

C&E RR at US Convention Rodgau / Germany 2017

Blogposts from the Cleveland & Eastern RR

Onward … a bit

Made some progress on the cut section below the mine run. After installing the tunnel portals a while back I had to decide how to scenic the surrounding area. First idea was the put in a large concrete wall as a stud wall for the track on the mine run above. But I didn’t feel comfy with it, so I skipped the concrete wall and opted in for a natural rock face.

Below are some shots during the plaster work. As on all of rock faces I don’t use rock face molds but carve them out of fresh plaster “on site”.

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An overdue update

It’s been a way to long time since my last update on the Cleveland & Eastern RR. But I am still working on it but with a much slower pace than in the past. And because I put more time into developing cool stuff for you, things went real slow – really.

But here are a couple of photos from the coal mine run section I am currently working on. It is not finished yet but I will hopefully get it done by the end of 2020.

As the coal mine run with its two coal loaders is raised about 10 cm above the mainline level I need to form a tunnel where the mainline can below the western loader. As a tunnel liner I use 5 cm thick XPS insulations board which I cut in shape to match the clearance profile. Several sections of liners are glued together and covered with plaster cloth on the inside. The cloth itself is filled with plaster and colored in a dark grey. The tunnel entrances are simple concrete portals I CNC-milled out of 5 mm foam board. To get the concrete look I used thinned putty and applied it in thin layers. After the putty dried I carved some section lines in it. Some washes of dark brown / black and some fading added to get the aged concrete look.

Same procedure applies to the stud wall separating the loader tracks from the hillside. In this case I glued the foam board into place and applied the putty and washes “in place”.

EMD NW2 for C&E RR

Today I caught a new resident on the C&E at Elizabeth Oaks. I have never noticed that switcher around here. I saw C&E #76 idling at the engine facility earlier today. In the afternoon she was working the tracks at East Grain Mill complex. I took a photo from the depot side as she was pulling an empty string of cars out of the customer tracks.


C&E #76 pulling a string of cars out of East Grain Mill


Last week I resumed work on the part of my layout I call the “Mine Section” – because there are two coal mines located. Within the week I spent some hours gluing down some foam board and shaping the rough landscape.
Finally I filled the larger gaps with lightweight putty.

Here are some “proof of work” pictures.