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Layout Stats:
Layout stats are nice way to see in a "nutshell" what is going on.

Name: The East End of the Cumberland Sub-Division
Railroad:  The Chessie System, Baltimore & Ohio main line
Era: The Chessie Era (1972-1986, focusing on 1982)
Scale:  HO (1/87)
Style: True Point to Point
Size:  18 feet by 12.5 feet
Height:  40 inches in Brunswick, climbing to 56 in Cumberland
Track:  Atlas code 100 for main lines, code 83 for sidings
Roadbed:  Midwest Cork  
Sub-Roadbed:  Pink Foam Board
Benchwork:  Traditional box frames under foam board:
Backdrop:  Painted on wall
Turnout minimum:  Code 100 No. 6 on main line cross overs, Code 100 No. 4 on main line turnouts to branch lines, Code 83 No. 4 on branch lines
Min curve radius:  20 inch minimum
Scenery Construction:  Carved pink foam

Locomotive, Freight Car, Caboose and Structure Standards
Establishing detail standards on your fleet and structures is a good way to keep your layout on track.  Below are my standards.

Locomotive Standards:
Correct road number, paint scheme and class operated by the Chessie System from 1972-1986
Weathered and dull finish as seen on the prototype
Kaydee couplers
Details as appropriate for the model (Chessie rock pilot, M.U. hoses, M.U. stands, drop step, uncoupling lever, bell, horn, separate grab irons, lift rings, slotted battery box, windshield wipers, cab sunshades, numberboard decals)

Freight Car Standards:
Correct road number, paint scheme and class operated by the Chessie System from 1972-1986
Weathered and dull finish as seen on the prototype
Kaydee couplers
Metal wheels
Separate grab irons and ladders not required
Consolidated lube stencil required
ACI cards and wheel dots required on some cars
Closest possible kits used to stand in for classes where no exact match is available

Caboose Standards:
Correct road number, paint scheme and class operated by the Chessie System from 1972-1986
Weathered and dull finish as seen on the prototype
Kaydee couplers
Metal wheels
Separate grab irons optional
Consolidated lube stencil required
ACI card and wheel dots required on some cars
Closest possible kit used, stand ins are acceptable until an appropriate kit or kit bash can be acquired

Structure Standards:
Signature structures (towers, freight stations and other RR buildings) to be scratchbuilt
No bare plastic and painted in an appropriate color for the Chessie Era
Weathered and dull finish as seen on the prototype
Interiors not required
Dimensions as close as possible to the prototype on non signature buildings



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