The Railroad Model and Historical Society of Southeastern Ohio

We are an organization of people interested in any and all aspects of railroading, from model trains to real trains and everything in between.

We are an organization of people interested in any and all aspects of railroading including: indoor scale modeling, outdoor scale modeling, “tin plate” train collecting, full size train operations, railroadiana, and the history and historical significance of railroads, especially in southeast Ohio.

Ohio Shortline Sampler, Volume 1 09/02/2021

Ohio Shortline Sampler, Volume 1

From vintage GP7s to SD60s, there's a wide array of locomotives to find on shortlines here in Ohio. There's also a lot to see when it comes to scenery!

Ohio Shortline Sampler, Volume 1 Sometimes when railfanning, I end up with shots I don't add to the final video. Or, I only have a little time and can only get a couple spots during the chas...

Meet Me Under The CPLs - Classic N&W Signals Still Guard Single-Track Main 07/30/2021

Meet Me Under The CPLs - Classic N&W Signals Still Guard Single-Track Main

Member Peter Hayes was recently in Virginia, and caught a couple trains passing the vintage Norfolk and Western signals there. Here's the video!

Meet Me Under The CPLs - Classic N&W Signals Still Guard Single-Track Main Norfolk Southern's Roanoke District running north out of Roanoke is one of the last hold-outs for N&W Color Position Lights. The classic circular signals sti...

06/15/2021

Member Peter Hayes just installed wires on his module of the N scale modular layout. This is a product called EZ line, very similar to nylon in that it's flexible and at least a little forgiving if anything hits it!

Member Peter Hayes just installed wires on his module of the N scale modular layout. This is a product called EZ line, very similar to nylon in that it's flexible and at least a little forgiving if anything hits it!

Obituary for David Lee Rapp at Botkin Hornback Funeral Home - Waverly 05/10/2021

Obituary for David Lee Rapp at Botkin Hornback Funeral Home - Waverly

Information on Dave Rapp's memorial service
http://www.botkinfuneralservice.com/obituary/david-rapp

Obituary for David Lee Rapp at Botkin Hornback Funeral Home - Waverly David Lee Rapp, 73, of Fourmile Road, Waverly, Ohio passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was born August 29, 1947 in Waverly, Ohio to the late Chester Lewis Rapp and Naomi Wardlaw Rapp. On September 28, 1968, David was united in

Photos from The Railroad Model and Historical Society of Southeastern Ohio's post 05/09/2021

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our fellow member and my personal friend, Dave Rapp. Dave was an HO modeler who always thought outside the box. As a result, his personal layout showed this in a fun and humorous way. He had a backstory for each scene on his layout. One story was a man who purchased land on the side of a cliff and built a house that could only be accessed by a helicopter. Another was a dinosaur zoo named after his granddaughter.

One corner module on our club HO layout was modeled by Dave and reflects strongly on how good of a modeler he was. I gave him the buildings I wanted on the module, a general description of what I was looking for, and told him to go at it. He never disappointed with his imagination and work. It was a rare quality to have.

I have many wonderful memories of my time with Dave Rapp. He was a good friend and a wonderful mentor to those who knew him. We spent a year working on my current layout at his house. More than once I would tell him what I was looking for in a scene and when I came back it would look exactly like I wanted. It didn’t matter if it was N-scale, HO, or Lionel; Dave knew how to do scenery as well as benchwork, wiring, and scratch building. He was a master modeler and I am thankful to him for sharing some of his skills and insight with me.

Thank you, Dave, for making us a part of your life.

[04/25/21]   We'd like to thank everyone who came out yesterday to our Open House. Model Railroading and History is our passion, and being able to share those with members of the community is what our organization is all about!

Though it has been over a year since our last Open house, that has not stopped us from being busy and working on our displays. Scenery has progressed on both of the large HO and N scale layouts, and also the Maintenance of Way Crews have been active in ensuring that the trains run reliably.

Most noticeably, the HO layout has a new yard built to store trains during operation, and the N scale group has been making some great progress on scenery.

We'll be planning another Open House, so be sure to check our FB and web pages for up to date announcements.

04/24/2021

ALL ABOARD!!!

The trains are running from 8 AM to 3 PM today only. This is our first Open House since our Feb 2020 Open House. Come by and see what we've been working on!

ALL ABOARD!!!

The trains are running from 8 AM to 3 PM today only. This is our first Open House since our Feb 2020 Open House. Come by and see what we've been working on!

04/21/2021

Our April Open House is this weekend!

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, stop by our space at The Market on State on Saturday to see the trains operating. Price of admission is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted to keep the trains running.

See the FB event for further details.

We ask all that attend to please wear a face covering and practice social distancing where possible so that all may enjoy.

Our April Open House is this weekend!

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, stop by our space at The Market on State on Saturday to see the trains operating. Price of admission is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted to keep the trains running.

See the FB event for further details.

We ask all that attend to please wear a face covering and practice social distancing where possible so that all may enjoy.

[01/12/21]   Reminder- tonight is our Annual Business Meeting where we vote for Officers for the next year. Dues will be collected before the voting, and you must be a dues paying member in order to vote and/or hold an office position. Meeting time and place is the same. At the Club's store front beginning at 7:00 PM.

Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing where possible.

01/09/2021

Compass Ohio

Many of us remember unique places we have visited or seeing historic landmarks over the years. There is a structure in Southeast Ohio that if seen, you will not forget.

Along the Ohio River Scenic Byway and Drovers Trail Scenic Byway in Bellaire, Ohio stands a stone viaduct. Construction of this stone viaduct structure began in 1870 at Union Street in Bellaire as an Ohio approach to the railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River. For 100 years and more, these great arches have carried the commerce of our nation. For more details about the beautiful Great Stone Viaduct, check out our detailed article: https://compassohio.com/2020/12/great-stone-viaduct-bellaire-ohio/

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The Rare EMD SD35 in Action: Three GLC Models, all Long-Hood Forward!

Here’s a video from member Peter Hayes, chasing the Great Lakes Central Railroad in Michigan.

youtube.com The EMD SD35 is a pretty rare breed these days. Only a handful (that I can find) exist, and even fewer are in active service. Great Lakes Central, however, r...

12/28/2020

Illinois Central's 'City of New Orleans' stretches as far as the eye can see, passing the tower at Hayes Junction on member Kirk DePeel's section of the Bendtrack modular layout.

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Kirk’s Trains

For almost 40 years our model railroading club has been doing Railfair to help celebrate in the Christmas season. It has been our gift to Athens and surrounding communities. Unfortunately, Covid-19 caused us to cancel our show this year. It was not an easy decision but in the end, we believe it was the correct one.

Fortunately, we have many talented people who can allow us to share some of the magic Railfair brings to our community each year. Please sit back and enjoy the video created by Bob Stewart (thank you so much, Bob). Merry Christmas, everyone and a Happy New Year.

https://youtu.be/IcXseCJVXkc

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12/21/2020

Looking for some family fun to do this Christmas Eve?

Take the kids to a spot along the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway's line to help see Santa off before he makes his journey around the world to deliver presents. The festively decorated train leaves the HVSR depot in Nelsonville at 5:30. 🎅🛤❄

Did you get a chance to see our decorated train this weekend? If not, we have a special treat for you.

On behalf of our President and Chief Mechanical Officer, Dan Sudlow, we will be running an encore train on Christmas Eve. The train will depart at 5:30 p.m. and will travel the full length of our line from Nelsonville to East Logan and back. Be sure to look for Santa Claus waving from the train.

Bring your family out for a fun evening viewing our beautifully decorated train.

We are sorry that we could not run Santa Trains this year, but we are looking forward to their return in 2021. Also, if you would like to make a donation to our railroad, please send it to P.O. Box 427, Nelsonville, OH 45764. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and your generous support will help to keep our historic locomotives and train cars working for years to come.

Photo by Peter Hayes.

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'Railfair' 2020: Cab Ride around the N Scale Layout

Here's another video from the N scale layout this year. Though we wished we could've hosted a real show, I hope this video at least captures a little of the fun of model railroading!

We'll follow an Amtrak train around the layout, with video from the 'cab' and the ground. Enjoy!

youtube.com Although my club couldn't host our annual train show this year, a few members did meet to try to record some videos to share. Here's some footage around high...

12/17/2020

B&O Coal Drag passing the yard on the N Scale BendTrack Modular Layout/

Short video of a Baltimore & Ohio Coal train passing the yard on our N Scale BendTrack Modular layout. Enjoy!

[11/30/20]   Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel our annual Holiday Railfair. Canceling an event that we have been putting on for the public for almost 40 years was not a decision that we took lightly, but we decided it was necessary given the current public health situation.

We look forward to resuming our Open House shows in the spring when it is safe for both our Members and the Public to do so.

We would like to wish all of our Members, Family, & Friends a Safe and Happy Holidays.

10/20/2020

For this Tips & Tricks Tuesday, we see how to make roll roofing for our buildings using masking tape and some craft paint!

Check out the tutorial on our web page by following the link: http://www.ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

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David Dupler

I believe he was a member of the club at one time. Was a really nice guy.

athensmessenger.com ATHENS COUNTY – In the morning hours of Oct. 16, 2020, David W. Dupler unexpectedly left his earthly home and moved into his eternal home in heaven. He lived a

09/22/2020

For today's Tips and Tricks Tuesday, we repaint a caboose for the fictional Violet Hill Railway! We'll go step-by-step through the process, and be sure to check out our website for more!

http://www.ironheadsofseo.org/

09/15/2020

Today for Tips & Tricks Tuesdays, we see the completion of the Milwaukee Coal Drag build. Member Kirk walks us through the steps he took to both decal and standardize the running gear for his goal fleet.

Check it out in the link below:
http://www.ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

New to our Tips & Tricks Tuesdays? Check out our project page to see the past projects as well.

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This Tuesday's Tips & Tricks is part 3 of 4 for the N Scale Milwaukee Coal Drag build.

Take a look here to see how the cars are painted for the build:
https://ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

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We pick up where we left off from last week's Tips & Tricks for the Milwaukee Coal Drag build by one of our members. If you have stopped by our N Scale BendTrack layout display, there is a chance that you saw some of our longest operating trains. Getting a long train to run reliably is not an easy task, but ensuring that each car is weighted properly will help keep the train on the tracks and moving on down the line. This week we will see how to add weight to hopper cars to make them track better.

Follow the link to see how! https://ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

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09/01/2020

The Railroad Model and Historical Society of Southeastern Ohio's cover photo

08/25/2020

For this week's Tips & Tricks, we will see how member Kirk DePeel is building his Milwaukee coal hopper fleet. Since there are not readily available Milwaukee coal cars from factory available ready to run, Kirk is having to strip down cars to transform them into his railroad of choice. For next couple of weeks, we will follow along to see how he does it!

Check it out on our web page:

http://www.ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

08/18/2020

In the 1960s and 1970s, boxcars on most railroads still had their roof walkways. However, by this time, brakemen weren't walking the roof of the whole train applying brakes, so railroads started removing them altogether.

For today's Tips & Tricks Tuesday, we'll be doing the same on an N scale Atlas 40' Boxcar. Follow along here, and be sure to check out our website for more tips, tricks, and modeling!
http://www.ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

08/11/2020

For this week's Tips & Tricks project, we will see how you can make tarps for areas on your layout. Member Bo DeCoy shows how he made tarps for his B29 air plane flat car loads.

Check it out here:
https://ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

08/04/2020

For this week's Tips &Tricks Tuesdays, we continue with land forming. Follow along as we show you how you can make rock outcrops on your hills using inexpensive and recycled material.

Read about the process here on our web page:http://www.ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

08/03/2020

Don't forget about local historical preservation organizations when you support shopping local.

Excellent photo by member Peter Hayes.

Ohio’s only regularly operating standard gauge steam locomotive, No. 3, will be pulling historic train rides out of Nelsonville again on Aug. 8 and 9.

Two steam-powered trains will depart at noon and 2:30 on the 8th and one will depart at 1:00 on the 9th. The noon train will last about one hour and 45 minutes and the 2:30 and 1:00 trains will last about two hours and 15 minutes. Enjoy a historic train ride behind a 100-year-old coal-fired steam locomotive along a route dating back to the late 1860s. Your trip will also include a 30-minute stop at Robbins Crossing, a re-created pioneer village on the campus of Hocking College. Robbins Crossing is not a part of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

You can purchase tickets for these trains by going to hvsry.org or calling (855) 32DEPOT. Customers must wear face masks in accordance with Gov. DeWine’s rules.

Disclaimer: Motive power is subject to change without advance notice because of the nature of historic equipment. Also, those riding in the open-air cars are subject to soot and cinders from the steam locomotive and should dress properly.

Family fun is a train ride away. Make tracks to history.

Photo by Peter Hayes.

www.hvsry.org
(855) 32DEPOT

07/28/2020

Have you ever wondered how the hills and terrain are formed on model railroads? There are several ways of making hills, but Member Bo DeCoy is going to show us the way he shaped the hills on his N Scale Bendtrack module. Visit the club website to see how he did it.

http://www.ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

07/22/2020

While we wait until it is safe to continue our Open House series, we will be posting weekly "Tips & Tricks Tuesdays" on projects from our Members. The topic of the projects will be Railroad related in nature, but may vary from modeling rolling stock, to layout building, to even 1:1 railroading items. The articles will be posted to our Club Web Page, follow this link to take you directly to the Projects Page.

https://ironheadsofseo.org/Projects.html

For the first post, Member Peter Hayes shows us how he lightly weathers rolling stock for his railroad.

If you try this technique, post your photos below on this post!

[07/14/20]   Attention Members: The Club Picnic has been canceled due to the recent spike in the Virus. Unless there is any urgent business items that the club needs to address, our next Business Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday September 8th.

We urge all of our members to try to knock off as many of those projects that have been on our work benches for years (we're all guilty) during the downtime created by the Virus.

We hope that all of our members, friends and family are staying safe during this Virus, and we look forward to being able to continue our Open House series once again with everyone in the near future.

06/18/2020

This is cool.

Logan’s Depot Hotel

On August 17th, 1868 the first freight train out of the Hocking Valley rolled over the new tracks with 22 cars each carrying twelve tons of coal each.

The first passenger train that came through Logan was on July 25, 1870, the last one was in December 1950. The trains quickly replaced the canal to transport merchandise faster and easier than the slow canal boats.

The beautiful three-story brick building with 18 guest rooms, that once stood in Logan was built by Sol Ellinger in 1882 on land donated to the Railroad, by the Gallagher family with the provision that when the company was through with the building and the land, the land was to be reverted to the Gallagher heirs.

The Hocking Valley Railroad was at its peak of operation during World War I when there were a dozen scheduled passenger trains through Logan every day.

Normally there were eight passenger trains a day stop at the Depot. Most of the eighteen guest rooms in the hotel were frequently filled causing travelers to seek night lodging elsewhere in Logan.

The Depot Hotel was the hub of activity. The line was double track to Lancaster. Logan had a 9-stall roundhouse, complete with a turntable and coaling facilities.

In addition to crews for passenger trains, there were four yard-crews and six pool crews, plus local freight crew. At its largest year of business, counting the car shop and other operators, there were a total of 500 Railroad employees working at the Logan and the Oldtown yards.

In 1910 control of the Hocking Valley was acquired by the Chesapeake and Ohio. In 1930, it merged with the C&O and became the Hocking Division.

The Depot Hotel was closed March 16, 1950 for the first time since 1882 when it was constructed. The building was purchased by a Mr. Shafer, contractor from the Plains, from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Co.

Videos (show all)

B&O Coal Drag passing the yard on the N Scale BendTrack Modular Layout/
Trains are running! Come by The Market on State and check them out!
Lots of smoke on the O
Having too much fun at railfair
O scale action at Railfair
Raffle layout running, come see us at the mall!
The trains are beginning to make their way around the layouts. Be sure to come by this weekend to check out the layouts ...
A Pennsylvania passenger train passes the yard followed by a White Pass and Yukon freight! Video is from the Club Picnic...
An NS ballast train came up the West Virginia Secondary today.
O scale operation. Railfair 2014
Trains running on the HO scale layout.
We're up and running! Be sure to stop by and check us out today!

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