Hey folks. Trust me, I will become a pest in this forum! Specific little forum for all our C&O needs...! So, just what the title says...why do you like the C&O? So many coal roads to pick, what made you settle on C&O? I must admit, I was originally a B&O fan and modeler; had an HO layout and a bunch of brass locos, and quite a hopper fleet. Switched to N, saw that there wasnt much B&O stuff around, especially the big steamers I wanted (ELs and EM-1s) and went to C&O...and havent looked back. C&O, unlike B&O, actually made money. They ran up to date power and rolling stock, maintained their road to a very high standard, and were the largest carrier of bituminous coal in the world; quite a claim for a road that was less than half the size of the B&O, PRR, and NYC that it competed against! It was a perfect match for me, really; big ol' mallets running in coal country (and actually, unlike B&O, servicing the mines directly!) and small, out of the way places; from small engine houses and marshalling yards on branch lines that time has forgot, to the rugged New River gorge, its just too beautiful to not want to model it. And, it dosent hurt that their steamers, with the smokebox mounted pumps, just have an imposing, almost intimidating look about them. Supporting this is an incredible amount of great books and quite probably the best railroad historical society on the planet. Readily available locos, hoppers and boxcars, even cabs, didnt hurt my decision at all:tb-biggrin: I like PRR and NYC in industrial settings as well, and must confess I have an affinity for big modern diesels with catfish whiskers, but C&O in steam tops the list. So, what did it for you?