Recycled Odds, Ends, & Leftovers Railroad
My first outdoor railroad, also known as a garden railroad, was started in 1995. It was 17 feet by 27 feet. There were two levels, a water fall, trestle, and a tunnel. The railroad's name was the Odd, Ends, & Leftovers Railroad because of all the materials I scavaged to build it. In 2003 the OE&L RR was dismantled, relocated and enlarged. The new railroad is in an "L" shape, 65 feet by 45 feet. The name was changed to Recycled Odds, Ends, & Leftovers Railroad because everything was recycled into the new railroad. There is 155 feet of mainline track on the lower level and 38 feet of track on the upper level. There is 39 feet of trestle and 9 bridge. White Oak Creek originates at Cherry Fork Falls and winds it's way to White Oak Falls. The buildings are a combination of kits and scratch-built. The engine is made to run in the rain and snow. Various kinds of plants decorate the railroad. There are Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees, Box Wood bushes, various kinds of thyme plants and small flowers. Being a "living" railroad, it requires a bit of maintenance to keep the water flowing and the plants growing as well as the planning and construction of additional buildings, etc. It is a work in progress that will continue to challenge us for years to come.
The ROE&L originates at the rail head at Xenia in Greene Co. and heads south to the rich farm lands of Brown and Adams County. The two major towns on the new line are Russellville in Brown Co. and Cherry Fork in Adams Co. The line will go through Russellville servicing the sawmill and the feed & grain store and coal company owned by Joe Myers. The line will terminate at Cherry Fork bringing farming equipment and supplies to the Farm Bureau Company.
The line offers spectacular views to the passengers. The rolling hills of southern Ohio will provide for bridges and trestles over valleys and over the water ways of Eagle Creek, White Oak Creek Valley and The Cherry Fork Falls. Passengers will enjoy the sweet smell of the flowering trees and bushes of spring, the cool breezes of summer, and the rich red, yellow and orange colors of autumn.