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Serving the Tri-County Area of Charleston, Berkeley & Dorchester Counties in South Carolina

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  • M. Quinn's HO Layout
    • Quinn's HO “Stoney Creek” layout is about 9 by 18 and is installed in half of a two car garage. As a side note, Stoney “Brook” is located on the north shore Long Island and Quinn uses his fleet of LIRR passenger cars to run “fan” trips on his layout. These are pulled by vintage diesels because most of this area in not included in the LIRR's electric territory which is mostly Long Islands south shore.
    • This layout is a traditional two track folded figure eight with two large yards. One is for freight the other is generally passenger. Quinn is a retired conductor for the Long Island Railroad so his knowledge of commuter rail and rail in general has been a great help to all of us here in Charleston. Quinn is in the process of upgrading the layout from analog DC to Digtrax's DCC system.
  • R. Ketcham's O Layout
    • Ketcham's layout is a O-Gauge Hi-rail modular layout that when complete is 14 by 26 feet. The modules operate both Lionel's TMCC/Legacy and MTH's DCS systems. Because of space constraints only 14 by 8 feet is in use. This layout is double tracked using Atlas track and has a minimum radius of 36 inches – O-72 curves. The layout is a work in progress and when complete will represent a section of the Pennsylvania RR between Harrisburg and Altoona PA. during the late 1930s, mid 1940s. Trains run include Alco F-3s, Baldwin freight Sharks, K-4's, and Penn's T-1's.
  • L. Kreyling's O Layout
    • Layout is a “limited space” 7’ x 8’ structure. It is located in a small storage area between a two car garage and the staircase to the first floor of house. Tables are sheet plywood with 2”x 4” frame and legs, with Homosote layer between plywood and track, for sound abatement. Legs are assembled with bolts, washers and nuts, so they can be disassembled easily, and stored when space is needed.
    • Town is generic in nature, made up of MTH and Woodland Scenic buildings, Lionel accessories, and one Downtown Deco kit structure. Track is Fastrack. Lower level is comprised of two basic loops without switches. Along the way, I realized that my scale engines needed a larger radius to accommodate the wide swinging pilots, so I added the elevated 6’ circle, while still retaining an acceptable view of both tracks. The layout could be considered hi-rail in appearance because I only operate scale or near scale equipment. I have several vintage passenger sets, one from the 1940’s, and one from the mid-1950’s which run very well on the lower track.
    • The operating system uses Legacy Command base/charger, and Cab 2 remote controller with power supply coming from a 180 watt powerhouse. Other engines and accessories get power from a 275 watt ZW transformer, a MTH Z1000, and other older, smaller Lionel transformers.