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Live@Lanier: The Man Who Shrunk the Saluda Grade
July 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
In 1878, Captain Charles Pearson, chief engineer for building a railroad up the treacherous side of Melrose Mountain, bypassed the meandering route of old trading paths and took the shortest distance between two points. After less than a year of construction, the steepest, standard gauge mainline railroad in the United States was open for business with a stop outside the depot at Saluda. About 140 years later, Larry Morton, president of the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club, brought the entire Saluda Grade inside the depot, shrinking four miles into a 28-foot diorama at Z scale, 1/220 of the real world. His artistic vision was a 1950 Saluda when steam and diesel engines were pulling and pushing. If you like railroad history and want to know more about the art and engineering of model railroading, head to Lanier Library.