The Garfield Central is a Class 1 railroad that serves the Appalachian mountains. Set in the 1950's, coal and passenger service are major business.

 

Why Appalachia?

Having small, steep mountains and ridges lets us crowd the tracks into smaller areas, and still have the terrain look logical. Modeling the Rockies wouldn’t let us do that; everything would be too big. In the Appalachians, tunnels and bridges of a reasonable size look like they belong. No particular state is modeled, instead parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina were used as examples.

While we are modeling a particular era, members are welcome to bring whatever equipment they would like. During an operating session you'll see everything from steam, to diesel, to modern day high speed electrics.