A Railroad with Relevance

Michigan Connected to Maryland

Written By: Alan - Oct• 05•13

The LK&O upper deck right-of-way is a single contiguous path at last. As a friend of mine is fond of saying, I made a hole get in there. The backdrop opening was cut and the sub-roadbed completed thus hooking together Lapeer MI and Mettiki mine in Maryland. While the real world journey between the two locations may be several hundred miles, on my railroad it is about four inches! Let’s just call it a wormhole for trains. 🙂

Passing through the opening is the mainline and a switching stub for the Lapeer Saginaw Street industries track. Needed a longer piece of track to make switching cars practical. The stub goes through the backdrop but will be inside a mountain so cannot be seen from the Maryland side. I’ll fabricate some sort of detection device at the end of the stub to warn an engineer working Lapeer they are about to run out of track.

Since these pictures were taken I have moved on to setting the grade down into the Potomac River valley. Details on that in the next post.


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  1. Dan says:

    Hello Alan;

    Great blog of the LK&O. I just found this site today, and was amazed that someone other than I knows where Lapeer is! I get up there every year or so. I would sure like to check your layout out sometime.

    Have a great Independence Day, and a safe weekend.

    GT Dan modeling the GTW in Orange Texas

  2. Alan says:

    Hey Dan, thanks for the compliment. You are welcome to visit anytime you are in town.

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