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Chessie System

N Gauge By

Andre Kritzinger

 

I bought my first model trains in 1964, when I was still in high school. Those were in HO scale and mainly British outline. Years later, in 1978, I swapped all my HO (Horribly Oversized) equipment for the N (Normal) scale trains of an Air Force colleague, Col Daan Erwee, and I'm still modelling in that scale now.

In 1999, soon after I retired, I founded the Cape Town N Trak club, and in the process I learned about Digital Command Control (DCC). I now run my trains with the Digitrax Chief system (upgraded from my original Empire Builder system) and there's no way I'll even consider going back to the old days of "analogue" DC control.

The railroad I model is the Chessie System, an American railroad system which came into being as a result of the purchase of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad (B&O) and it's subsidiary, the Western Maryland railroad (WM), by the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad (C&O) in 1963. The Chessie System paint scheme, based on Chessie, the Chesapeake & Ohio's sleeping kitten publicity program of many years, was introduced in September 1972. I model the Chessie System over the period from 1972 to 1986, but my layout is totally freelance and makes no attempt at representing any actual part of Chessie's country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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