This first route is based on a prototype that had a varied and colorful life. During the era this route is based on, the official corporate title was the St. Louis & North Arkansas. However, it was most commonly refered to as the "North Arkansas" from about the 1900's on to the end of its existance.
This route is really going to try something very, very different... and something I haven't seen tried before in a commercial offering: It is set in the year 1901.
This means there will be all sorts of operational nuances, as well as vast visual differences between this route and one that typifies a more contemporary era. Train movements, switching, lots of things, were very different "back then". I hope to capture many of the elements of railroading during the Iron Horse years that I have gleaned from my many years of rail history research.
Another very different aspect is this route is being modeled during the southeastern expansion of the North Arkansas. This will mean much of the freight being hauled in significant quantities will be rail, ties, and such building supplies.
The 33 mile mainline is very picturesque with some interesting switching potential in the compact towns. There are two branches, one of 2 miles to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the other about 3 miles long to Berryville, Arkansas.
Well, enough text for now... here's a pic to start things off. What you're looking at is a place called "The Narrows":