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No this is not me.  This is my cat Bonnie doing her best Chessie pose.
                                                                                                                                                                        June 18, 2013
Hello Fellow Chessie Fans:
    I have been modeling Chessie seriously for about 15 years now and continue to work on modeling the East End: the Cumberland Sub-Division.  My hope is that in another 5 years the layout will be done or nearly so.  Benchwork construction was nearly complete, but torn down to make ready for a move to a new home.  I built the railroad in sections, so have about a dozen 6 to 8 foot sections with foam and track.  They'll need to be replanned and reassembled in the new house.
    The roster of locomotives and freight cars is to a point where I am just adding a few special cars.  I have enough cars complete to run the layout.  I would like to add more locomotives and get some more accurate B&O bay window cabooses on the line as time permits. 
    I
shoot for about 85% accuracy.  You can go for 100%, but I have found that nobody really knows the difference.  To some out there every detail is important, and that is fine.  But, if you go for perfection, you usually end up with 3 or 4 nice cars a year.  I have put out on average about 15-20 a year.  Recent years have seen less gross numbers as I have been spending a bulk of my time on scratchbuilding structures, which are needed more than more freight cars.
    My plan is to have a functioning railroad, not a railroad modeling museum.  I go for practicality more than perfection.  Compromises are unfortunately a part of this hobby.  There never is enough time or space to do exactly what you want.
    I model in proportions, which I believe is unique.  I plan on having about 50% Chessie (B&O, C&O, or WM) freight cars and 50% from other railroads.  Of the Chessie freight cars about half will be in Chessie paint and half in the predecessor paint.  That proportion approximately represents the middle of the Chessie Era.  I also proportion each of the type of car.  Coil cars are about 50/50 between C&O and B&O (there were none for WM).  Coal cars are 50% C&O, 40% B&O, and 10% WM.  Boxcars are 40% C&O, 40% B&O, and 20% WM.  Covered Hoppers are about the same as Boxcars.  Locomotives are more slanted to the home road.  B&O 60%, C&O 20%, WM 20%.  Cabooses should be more along the lines of the locomotives to be accurate.
    Thanks for visiting.  Come again.

Jeff
jeffreyhanke@sbcglobal.net

PS-  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank John Whitmore and Matt Foltz for all of their guidance.  Both are/were members of the Chessie System Historical Society (like I am) and have taken way too much of their time to teach me about Chessie.

PPS- I would like to thank Dean Heacock, without his permission much of this site would be without prototype pictures.  Thanks Dean.

PPPS-Thanks too, to Trainweb for letting me put this site up for FREE!  Gotta love a deal like that.
 

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