Platte Valley & Western Railway
There are three PV&W layouts at the White Fence Farm Depot.
1. Our "demo" layout is our 4'x8' visitor operated show piece.
Visitors enjoy watching the two trains loop around this fully sceniced railroad. Run the trains; blow the whistle; turn on the city lights.
2. The Chester branch of the PV&W. This is our current "project" layout.
It represents a branchline running south from the PV&W mainline.
3. The Rocky Mountain Division of the PV&W is our big layout in the back room of the Depot (well, someday it will be).
Railroading in the Rockies
Operations on the PV&W are still to be defined.
Click this button to see a "work-in-progress" of what we will be aiming for
PV & W Concept
The Platte Valley and Western Railway is a class 1, east/west railroad that runs from Kansas City in the east to Salt Lake City in the west. Our HO scale layout (back room) models the PV&W's Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) which carries the PV&W traffic over the Rockies, from Platte City west to River Junction.
The layout represents a slice of Colorado railroading in 1954. This era allows prototypically correct operation of both steam and diesel power on standard and narrow gauge trackage.
The Chester Division branchline runs south from Platte City. Our front room layout models one town, Gillen, on that branchline.
Model Railroad Concept
A design concept establishes where the RR is located, the era, which towns are served, connecting lines, and traffic patterns. The concept needs to match the model — the size of the layout and the access considerations will determine whether you can model an entire railroad, a division, a couple of mainline towns, or a minor station along a branchline.
Geographic area, era, and transportation needs results in a concept of where, when and why the railroad exists.
The geographic location (or setting), along with the era (or timeframe), selected for the layout will effect both the scenery and the traffic. Just as you won't find many high volume commuter lines in a snow-covered mountain range, it is equally unlikely to operate a gold mine in the middle of flat farmland.
Realism of the layout is enhanced when all of the items (industries, rolling stock, structures, traffic patterns and volume, signs, vehicles, etc.) in the scene are of the same era.
Developing a "history" can advance the railroad concept, explain its location, traffic patterns, and method of operation.