The HO Model Railroad revitalization project is now 10 months old. The dusty “diamond in the rough” layout is now a showcase and formidable addition to the the overall Southeastern Railway Museum experience.
Once the anchor team of Leland Ford, Gary Lewis, and Dave Koch got the project back on track, many of the original folks returned to showcase their talents. Ken Greenwood is the creator of the Lost Mountain Mine scene and many highly detailed and weathered structures that bring realism to the layout. Bert Chu is the creator of the original Atlantic Steel Mill scene and has expanded his knack for details by updating the buildings in the town of Lost Mountain. People, interior and exterior details, and lights have brought the town alive. Sam Rehonic and Duncan Carel stop by now and again to add those special touches that bring authenticity to the scenes.
Leland is a retired electrical engineer and software expert who just happens to be a perfectionist and accomplished carpenter. He created the foundation that everything is built on. He works tirelessly behind the scenes to make the magic happen on the layout and bring a “museum quality” experience to our quests.
Gary joined the team with limited model railroad experience. His background is horticulture and he manages the museum landscaping. Gary was a perfect fit to take over the completion of the layout sections lacking scenery. Gary proved to be a quick study and learned the techniques required to scenic large areas of a model railroad. His experienced eye guided him as grass, trees, rocks, and water found their way onto the town, industrial areas, and vast mountains on the layout.
Dave was a project manager before he retired and has been a long time model railroader. He utilized his experience to implement a state-of-the-art train control system and made improvements to track and rolling stock.
No model railroad has ever been completely finished. The Georgia & Tennessee Railroad may look done but there will be continual improvements as we add more and more details and enhance the viewing experience with interactive sights and sounds that our guests will talk about long after they leave.