This blog is the“official” documentation of the creation, development, history and operation of the Chestnut Hill & Frost River Railroad, an N-scale model of a fictional short line railroad set in modern times in Southwestern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.  The CH&FR provides rail service to the towns of Chestnut Hill and Frost River, named for two prominent geographical features in the region.

CH&FR Railroad Services provided include:

  • “Shortcut” interchange service between CSX and Norfolk Southern
  • Coal service to the <name?> Coal Mine
  • Materials in / product out service to the <name?> Corp. Chemical Plant
  • Industry and team track service to smaller industries in and around the town of Frost River
  • Passenger service between the towns, with periodic links to the Amtrak station in Charleston, WV.
  • Rail support and services to the Chestnut Hill Historical Preservation Society’s Railway Museum
  • Light/Medium MOW, engine and car repair services as required for other lines in the region.

As of this writing, a layout modeling the town of Glover’s Bend is being constructed as an 80″ x 38″ rectangular “hollow core door” style design.  This layout features several of the basic industries and features originally envisioned for the CH&FR shelf layout, in a smaller more manageable package.



  1. Hi TD,

    I do like your Blog. Very simple but to the point.



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