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My layout is based on Southern Railway’s famous Murphy Branch located in the western North Carolina mountains. The line covered 123 miles from the city of Asheville to the town of Murphy. At the town of Murphy was an interchange with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. My N scale pike models the western end of the branch line between Andrews and Murphy. However; using my modeler’s license, the layout deviates from the prototype in several areas such as passenger train service and the industry names. Operations are more fun when the interchange and passenger service are still active; although neither survived on the prototype into the 1970’s era I model. The layout is built on a 30”x 80” door using foam board insulation for the landscape. A conventional DC power pack provides single cab control and Kato Unitrack power routing switches are used to control multiple trains. Continuous running is possible, but switching operations are preferred. Switch lists, two cycle car cards, and a fast clock are used for freight and passenger operations, while a work train can be run as an “extra” to spice things up.  
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