CRM&HA, Inc. Trip to Hendersonville

11 members of CRM&HA, Inc. participated in an excersion on Oct. 25, 2008 to visit the Apple Valley Railroad club in Hendersonville, NC . Apple Valley operates large HO model railway in an old railroad depot, owned buy the city of Hendersonville. The scenery is superub, the layout appears to operate well, and there were many members present and operating trains when we arrived. The nature of this installation is very similar to what CRM&HA is working on in Central.

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The Hendersonville Depot, home of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club (AVMRC). This is the only photo of a full-scale structure in this set. The reminder of the photos are HO scale models.

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Integration of the two levels of operation is very well done, allowing this layout features many tall bridges.

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The newer parts of the layout are designed for prototypical operations, using DCC control and having many industrial sidings.

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A club member indicated that this steam skidder and associated logging operation were built entirely from scratch using drawings of the prototype.

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An industrial siding for a power plant.

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This original section of the layout is about 16 years old. It features several large loops and a freight yard. This section of the layout can be operated either in either DC or DCC mode and is operated in DC two weekends per month for decorderless members.

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There is no waste of scenic opportunities on this layout. Otherwise hidden sections of track were turned into small detected scenes under the bench work.

Photos copyright B. d'Entremont 2008, all rights reserved