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Atlantic & Yadkin Railway

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A&Y Layouts
Commercial Models
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Modeling the Atlantic & Yadkin Railway

I have examples and suggestions for modeling A&Y equipment and for designing an A&Y featured layout. See my own layout building experience and that of several others on the A&Y layouts pages (link to left). If you want to learn about the commercial models of which I am aware, click on the link to Commercial Models link. If you wish to see what I and others have done to customize, kitbash, or scratch build A&Y equipment, choose the Custom Models link to the left. 

General Hints and Tips to Model the A&Y. 

The A&Y didn't own any freight equipment and the railroad was owned by the Southern Railway and leased Southern Railway locomotives almost exclusively. It bought 3 ex-Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac ten wheelers for passenger service. This means that any model of a Southern Railway prototype prior to 1950 would be a candidate for an A&Y model. Flat cars, gondolas and boxcars would be especially appropriate because of the mineral, forest and agricultural products shipped on the A&Y. The thriving furniture, textile and tobacco industries along the line also required lots of boxcars in that era. Greensboro hosted textile, fertilizer, and metal working industries that would require boxcars and gondolas.  There were no active large scale coal mines during the A&Y's existence, although the small scale Egypt mine did operate until 1928. There was a thriving clay-based terra cotta brick and pipe industry in Greensboro and just below near Pleasant Garden. A clay pit serving those industries was established near Gulf.  Hoppers would not show up in long drags even for the Egypt mine or the clay pits, but there would be some hoppers in trains, especially south of Greensboro. Coal hoppers for fueling the steam locomotives, the Duke Power plant in Greensboro, and for distribution of coal for domestic use like the story of a hopper load of coal sold for home use at Belews Creek. The Southern wood hopper resin kit once offered by Smoky Mountain Model Works and currently by Funaro & Camerlengo might be most appropriate to represent cars loaded with coal at the Egypt coal mine for a 20's era or earlier layout or loaded with clay from Gulf to Pomona for brick and terra cotta pipe.  Any of the Southern Railway or N&W or Virginian pre-1950 hoppers or even gondolas would be acceptable for the occasional domestic or routine Duke power plant coal deliveries.

The A&Y connected with five other Class 1 railroads including the Southern, the ACL, SAL, original NS and the N&W.  In addition some smaller lines connected with the railroad in the steam era, especially around Sanford which was a hub of small and big railroad activity. Freight cars from those lines would likely show up on the A&Y. What is really needed is someone to discover an A&Y conductor's wheel report that details what trains and what cars with what loads were run on the rails. If anyone has such a wheel report, I would pay to borrow and scan it for the information! I keep looking on eBay, but it is more likely that such a book is mixed in with someone's ancestors "things" and is just as soon tossed as old paper nobody wants rather than recognized as the historical record of a railroad lost in history. Ask around!  You never know what someone might have just laying around.

Until then, I will make do with conductor's logs from the 1920-1935 era which detail trains on the Southern Railway's Winston-Salem Division.  This division interchanged with the A&Y at Rural Hall and also connected with the Southern yard at Greensboro.  These log books provide a detailed list of exact trains, locomotives, cars (including car reporting marks, car number, car type, commodity if any carried, and the weight in tons!), and cabs.  This means that I have an idea of the type of cars interchanged with the Southern in the 20's and part of the 30's. BUT KEEP LOOKING FOR THE A&Y CONDUCTOR WHEEL REPORT!  And then share with me for all to see.


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This page  last edited Saturday, December 16, 2017