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Civil War Era Model Railroads

Posted By on December 16, 2011

The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club (New Jersey) held a  meeting at member Thom Radice’s Civil War era HO model railroad layout on October 13th 2009. This layout was the cover feature of the October 2009 edition of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine.  The layout depicts the Western and Atlantic Railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga in 1863.  The video that was taken of the meeting was posted to YouTube on 15 October 2009.  Radice’s model layout is a fine example of of a period-era railroad.

Not many model companies make reproductions of Civil War era trains and buildings so much of Radice’s display was made from scratch over a period of many years.

For those wishing to set up a Civil War era model railroad display, Bachmann has released a 150th anniversary set in both Union and Confederate editions (Union set pictured above).  The sets are available through many sources on the web, which can be located by entering “Bachmann Civil War Train Set” into a search engine.

Watch also for other companies to release Civil War models in various scales for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. “Finds” can be added as comments to this post.

This blog welcomes pictures of model railroads of the Civil War era, particularly if they depict the type of equipment used on the Northern Central Railroad or Lykens Valley Railroad during the Civil War period – or if they involve military aspects of the war in geographic areas where Lykens Valley soldiers were present and made contributions.  Many of the veterans who appear in this Civil War Research Project participated in the Atlanta Campaign and Sherman’s March to the Sea, hence the relevance of Radice’s Western and Atlantic Railroad.



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