Jim Hediger’s Ohio Southern is no more.
As was reported in the December 2018 issue of Model Railroader, Jim tore down the layout after selling his house.
Jim’s layout now joins the many other layouts that have been influential to me over the years—and that are now also gone. (See Of Tibetan Sand Mandalas and Model Railroading.)
Started in 1979, the Ohio Southern was the very first double-deck layout. It was the inspiration for my own double-deck Manitoba & Minnesota Sub. Articles about it in MR helped me build my layout.
I’ve written about Jim’s layout and operating philosophy a few times, such as when it marked its 35th anniversary.
Reading Jim’s farewell article in MR about his layout, I was struck by his matter-of-fact tone. The truth is that layouts, like their owners, don’t last forever.
Very few survive after their owners move or die.
(The only one I am aware of that outlived its owner intact is Harry Calrk’s Indian Creek Valley, which was transported in an outbuilding to a new location.)
One thing that also struck me, reading the farewell article, is that Jim didn’t appear to have ballasted his track (even after all those years). That would certainly make it easier to take apart!
I was also happy to see that, right to the end, the Ohio Southern was DC—just like the M & M Sub.!
View videos of Jim talking about the creation of the Ohio Southern here and also here.