( Logo Copyright Matt 2009)
Welcome to the Forest & Western home page. The Forest & Western Railroad consists of the HO scale Basement Division and the 1.6" scale Backyard Division (a live steam riding railroad). Both have been under construction for over 35 years near Lynchburg, Virginia. Each has a narrow gauge subsidiary; the Weird and Wonderful (HOn3) and the Clear Creek Southern (1.6" scale). Over the years, both Divisions have produced great friendships, operating enjoyment, and satisfaction of our inclination to "tinker" with things mechanical and electrical.
The Basement Division is a freelanced representation of the areas served by the Pennsylvania Railroad, Norfolk and Western Railway, Southern Railway, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway so equipment of any of these roads looks "at home" on the railroad. The Basement Division is operated monthly by a crew of eight operators.
The Backyard Division consists of approximately 2000 feet of 7-1/2" gauge track. Most track is dual-gauged for narrow gauge (4-3/4") operation. Curves are tight (32' minimum radius) and grades are moderate. Equipment includes steam and diesel (battery powered) motive power.
The buttons at the top of this page will take you to photos and videos of each division. These show friends and helpers who have participated, features that may be of interest to other builders, and trains operating. Your comments, questions and suggestions are encouraged.
Operations on the Backyard Division are governed by weather and inspiration rather than by a set schedule. Builders and operators of live steam and large scale equipment are invited to visit by appointment (a contact form is provided below). Visiting equipment is invited to run provided wheel and safety standards are met and provided the F&W track can accommodate the equipment.
There is something magical about coal smoke and steam!