Appalachian Central

The Appalachian Central is an N-Scale layout that first appeared in the January 2000 issue of Model Railroader Magazine and again in 2009’s 102 Realistic Track Plans, which is where I found it.

I wanted to do something special for my one year YouTube anniversary and I decided a special live stream build would be the way to go (watch the build below). I wanted to find a model railroad style build that was small enough to complete in one or two streams but still interesting to build. I selected three track plans from 102 Realistic Track Plans and attempted to have those viewing the stream select which one of the three to build. Everyone prefered something different and I had no way to know if someone voted more than once so I ended up picking the track plan myself.

I already had the map imported from Basemapz so we were able to get started right away. Within the span of two live streams and a total build time of less than six hours, we had a completed build.

Despite having the track plan laid directly onto the base board, laying track ended up being the most time consuming part of the build. These track plans aren’t always drawn perfectly to scale and I’ve found they rarely translate into Trainz one to one. Generally some modification is required. Luckily in this case I didn’t need to modify much more than the radius of some curves and the lengths of a few sidings. A few tracks and buildings had to be omitted entirely due to space constraints but the overall operation is unchanged.

Despite the short amount of time this build took, I’m pretty happy with the results and I think you’ll enjoy the switching and mainline operation this route has to offer.  

A release some time in December is expected.

Assets not on the download station can be located at Jointedrail.com or www.jamezshepherd.com/

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