Welcome!

This site is dedicated to my model railroad, the HO scale Virginia Midland Railroad. This layout comprises a 10X9 room with two levels. The upper level is about 95% complete and the lower level scenery has just begun.

I do a handful of train shows in the Virginia/Maryland region and go by the name of Virginia Midland Shops.
I also can help you find that freight car/locomotive or other hard to find item.

Email: stctigers@gmail.com
You tube videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/Virginiamidlandrr/

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great Scale Model Train Show next weekend and a crazy week!

Just wanted to remind everyone in the Mid-Atlantic area about the Great Scale Model Train Show this coming weekend June 17th & 18th in Timonium, MD (north of Baltimore) . Hours are 9-5 Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.  This is the smaller of the 4 shows held in the smaller building instead of the Cow Palace.  We still pack about 300 tables in.  It's held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.  All the info is right here:
The Great Scale Model Train Show

On to the rest of the week.  Wow, this past week has been extremely busy.  Seven baseball games in 6 days is crazy, but that what we were faced with this past week.  Lots of rain outs will cause this and with 2 boys on separate teams, you get the hint.  Throw on top of it yard work and graduation and you have a complete week! I spent most of yesterday re-cooperating from the week.  I did get to run some trains last night, as I had not done this in a while. Even had my oldest son Cam (11)  running some trains with me.  He hadn't done this in a while!  Testing out trains running from staging and meeting at Parker.  Seems like the railroad is going to run as I planned out.  Still have a few feeders to install but in all, it ran well.  Next week looks like it is less busy, and it's the last week of work so there is some modeling railroading in my future!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Neat little railroad that would make an awesome model railroad

Railroads like the Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad is a little known short line that ran between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, VA.  Most who knew anything about it was that they ran steam locomotives into the early 1960's!  So they were a popular railroad then. I've always like their green and black SW1's.  The short line ran to various industries and interchanged with the Southern Railroad at Tye River.  During this rainy week, I think back to the one of the worst natural disasters in the the state of Virginia.  In August of 1969, the remnants of one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history, Hurricane Camille parked over Nelson County Virginia.  During that night, a world record 27 inches of rain fell in 3-5 hours; 5 inches in a half hour!  The devastation was unreal as you could imagine.  Thankfully the Southern Crescent did not leave Charlottesville that evening because of a washout south of town.  Little did they know the real carnage that laid ahead.

Here are some pics of railroad damage: (Garland Harper pics)
Hurricane Camille damage

Great article on the the Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad:
History of the VBR railroad
A model of the VBR SW1 #10




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NMRA James River Division meet this past Saturday

This past Saturday I gave a talk on the construction of my HO Virginia Midland railroad.  The presentation was at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  It was a rainy Saturday and this was the first time I have ever given a talk at a meet.  It went well and had many compliments afterwards.  Looking forward to doing it again as this presentation only covered mainly the upper level.  Definitely a part is in the works for the lower level.


After the presentation and meet, I had lunch at Arby's and visited a layout just south of town.   Bob Macioni's layout was an HO layout that took up all of his basement.  It looked 100% done and was a large layout.  




I also stopped in the town of Orange on the way back and got some pics of the gondolas at the tie loading industry.
Old PC gon

Seaboard gon

Another former PC gon

Chessie B&O gon

Upclose of the Chessie "C" emblem


Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Virginia Midland boxcar earning it's keep...

Darrell Darkow sent me some pictures of a boxcar he purchased from me a while back.  It's currently in service on his Royersford Modular Railroad.  I really appreciate emails like this and it made my day Darrell!

Here's his email:

Shannon, 
 I wanted to share some pictures of the boxcar I bought from you. It has been in both club shows this year. We did a joint layout with the Allegheny Western lines club a few of there members instantly recognized your layout and at least one said they wanted that car. Had to fight them off lol. Hope your doing well I keep looking for updates to your blog. It has helped me develop more of my layout. .

Have a good day Darrell

More info on his modular layout:

All pics are copyrighted: Darrell Darkow





Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming presentation on the Virginia Midland on May 6th

I will be giving a presentation on building my Virginia Midland model railroad on May 6th in Charlottesville, VA.  This will be part of the James River Division NMRA.  Hope to see you there!

Info: http://jrdnmra.blogspot.com/p/meetings.html