Henry Clay Coal & Chickies

The area surrounding Columbia was a large iron ore producing area during the early decades of the 1800s. The town of Ironville got its name from the iron ore mines at Grubbs lake. The Henry Clay was one of several iron furnaces between Columbia and Marietta back in the 1830s and 1840s. The HO model was constructed from photographs, but had to be modified because of space available (about 12 inches between backdrop and the edge of the layout). That area had to be shared with a double track mainline. We also changed it to a coal facility to add operation options. A small enginehouse was placed here to provide helper service for long trains hauling freight up the grade to Mellinger's Lumber Mill.

A Few Photos

Engine house near the Henry Clay Iron Furnace

The Henry Clay Iron Furnace

Men working near the furnace

Connector track PRR to Reading Line

Approaching the truss bridge

Heading for the tunnel

Most young kids who visit the layout enjoy "The Mooners"