In this video, Allen Keller introduces the Baltimore & Ohio L&S Division model railroad. This railroad is a result of 50 years of trial and error. Ed Lorence’s HO scale Baltimore and Ohio is the culmination of lessons learned on previous layouts. This railroad runs from Grafton, West Virginia to Fairport, Ohio in 1954. Although it’s freelance, Ed tries to create the feeling of a Class 1 railroad. Ed has built flawless track work, with his rolling stock adjusted into 50 car trains where the semi scale wheels runs perfectly. His engines are all re-worked and re-geared so they are some of the best runners you will ever see. Thus, the B&O is a joy to operate.
Ed decided to model the Baltimore & Ohio L&S Division because it was the first common carrier in the United States. His father-in-law also worked on the Baltimore & Ohio for over 50 years. It runs through West Virginia in Ed’s 22 by 24 foot basement with an extension into the laundry room. The layout is built on L girder and open grid benchwork with a minimum radius of 36 inches. The tour starts at East Elkins, West Virginia. For more Allen Keller videos, visit the Model Railroad Academy archives.