The C & A O-Gauge Railroad

est. 1999

The C&A No-Straight-Track O-gauge layout, built in 1999, is a spectacle-shaped raised loop of about 100 feet of GarGraves stainless steel three-rail track. There isn't a single piece of straight track in the layout.

Track diagram goes here.

August 14, 1999.

First day of work on the layout. Bob Quehl and Chuck Dollins, with Anabeth (behind the camera) digging plants out just barely ahead of the railroaders.

As the base for the track, they're using Trex, which they cut in trapezoidal shapes to match the curved track. The vertical pieces sit on the ground.

August 15, 1999.

Second day. Chuck and Paul Lieszkovszky laying track.

The track is GarGraves stainless steel.

August 18, 1999.

It didn't take very long to get trains running on this layout. One evening cutting wood, two afternoons nailing it together and adding track.

You're looking at Paul's Lionel Canadian Pacific F3 speeding along on the newly-completed layout.

September 1999.

The finished layout, awaiting landscaping.

October 1999.
July 2003.

The west end of the layout. The train looks as if it's floating on the pachysandra.

The Trex and ties have been painted brown.

July 2003.

The middle of the layout. Larkspur and liriope.

July 2003.

The east end of the layout.

August 2003.

The goal: to see how long a train can be run on the track. This train has 80 cars.

August 2003.

Thanks to Bill Baldwin, from the Mt. Lebanon Garden Railway Club, for getting the Harry Potter train on the tracks.

August 2003.

The Harry Potter train makes a great pusher for those long trains.

August 2003.

Oops. It IS possible to have a train that's too long to be pulled around those curves.

November 2003.

The inaugural run of the Bellefonte Southern O-Scale Division's PRR-equipped "Pittsburgh Limited" as it traverses tracks owned by the C&A Railroad.

"The Lionel PRR No. 675 locomotive heading the train has been a reliable workhorse on every occasion it has been placed in service throughout the 55 years since I received it as part of a set in March, 1948. The RGS Trains Limited Edition PRR-REA box car for express shipments is custom-lettered for passenger service. The Williams PRR heavyweight passenger cars also are of relatively recent manufacture and were acquired by the Bellefonte Southern from a private owner in Berks County who had never run them. Tuscan red, the traditional color used on the Pennsylvania Railroad's passenger equipment, predominates." Wally Workmaster, MtLGRC member

June 2004.

In the spring, the wildlife comes out to look at the trains. See the rabbit?

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