• 2:00

    This video introduces Allen McClelland’s famous HO scale Virginian and Ohio model railroad. The Virginian and Ohio, or V & O for short, has taken on a lore of a prototype among modelers and is often referred to as the complete model railroad. Every part of the railroad contributes to the whole and stands out

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  • 8:14

    This video begins Allen Keller’s tour of Allen McClelland’s Virginian and Ohio model railroad. First the C&O jeeps number 6172 and 6166 stop in Afton to add three cars for interchange at Jimtown. To pick up the cars at the west departure track, the train approaches the old round house. It is now a plastic

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  • 9:42

    In this video, Allen McClelland found a film of the Virginian and Ohio in operation in 1975. It was shot for the Association of American Railroads but the footage was never used. The film gives insight into the crew’s July 1975 railfanning expedition. Allen Keller had the film colorized using paint schemes of the era

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  • 11:39

    Planning began early for Allen McClelland for his Virginian and Ohio model railroad. From a young age he began to conceptualize the ideal model railroad. As he played with and observed model railroads he found that the element of a prototype was missing. At the time, the emphasis was not on the railroad but simply

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  • 7:11

    Allen Keller sits down with Allen McClelland to discuss the operating system on his Virginian and Ohio model railroad. The Virginian and Ohio ties in with the rest of the United States network. The east ties in with the C&O to the west which connects with the Dayton area to interchange with other railroads. These

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  • 5:12

    In this video Allen Keller sits down with Allen McClelland to discuss the scenery on his Virginian and Ohio model railroad. McClelland enjoys many aspects of model railroading, but the thing he enjoys most is the fellowship from other modelers. Never has McClelland been involved in an activity where the companionship and fellowship is as

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  • 3:18

    Allen McClelland shows Allen Keller how he adds dents to his plastic boxcars to create a more realistic look. In the gondolas of boxcars, often the plates between the ribs of cars have bowed outward from use. To mimic this wear, McClelland takes leftover metal pieces from car weights and places an appropriately sized piece

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  • 4:14

    Creating realistic loads for hoppers can be a challenge, but Allen McClelland has developed an easy way to create wood chip and coal hauls for his model railroad. Upholstery foam is readily available and can be found in most upholstery, craft, and industry shops. Alternatively packing materials from train models can be used. Foam is

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  • 2:03

    The L&N Henderson Subdivision Model Railroad is a creation of Rick Rideout. The layout is 35 by 70 feet and resides in a custom designed basement. Rideout scaled down the 146 mile subdivision down to a 8 scale mile HO layout. He loves the L&N so much, that he built his house along a former

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