Tennessee resident, Mike George, is an ardent fan of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. His focus has been on Hook & Eye Division that operated in his home state. It was a secondary line but still hosted passenger trains and lots of freight. Mike loeved this line so much that he wrote a book on it and self published it. He has demonstrated his historic chops but his real accomplishment is that of a very skilled model builder. Mike started out in HO and produced a kit or two of L&N equipment. His business was called Blue Ridge Historics. Over time Mike got interested in 1/4″ with desire to build models with the correct gauge (Proto48). Blue Ridge Historics did produce a few resin 1/4″ scale kits as well. On top of all these accomplishments, he has built a P48 Hook & Eye Division of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Mike’s railroad has been featured in magazines showing his innovative design of a two-level layout.
Mike’s modeling experience ranges from scratchbuilding passener cars and structures as shown above.
This tank car is scratchbuilt using a special tool Mike developed to punch conical rivets in the tank body. He worked from only a few know dimension and a photograph. He lives in Tennessee so building models from his home state is his passion. The decals were custom made for this car.
Mike has been working on scratchbuilding four L&N H-29 class 2-8-0s. Building one locomotive is a major undertaking but four is a herculean effort considering that he has a full-time job and this is a hobby. I belive one of the locomotives is standard five-foot gauge and is going to a friend. Building locomotives today like these H-28s was helped from 3D design and printing. Terry Van Winkle did some of the heavy lifting in this technical area.
Mike”s range of skills is represented by the scratchbuilt L&N pacific and consolidation crossing a small trestle.
Hope you enjoy seeing Mike George’s beautiful work.